The U.S. Navy tested for the third time a Northrop Grumman-built extended-range missile at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of California.
The Northrop-made AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range system detected and engaged a ground-based threat using its emitter acquisition platform after being launched from an F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft during the live fire test, the company said Thursday.
Mary Petryszyn, corporate vice president and president of defense systems business at Northrop as well as a 2022 Wash100 awardee, said the company is focused on delivering AARGM-ER on schedule to help the Navy meet a critical warfighting requirement.
AARGM-ER comes with a propulsion system that provides extended-range capability and is being integrated on the service branch’s F-35, EA-18G Growler and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft.
In September 2021, the Navy awarded Northrop a contract to begin low-rate initial production of AARGM-ER missiles. The contract came a month after the company achieved Milestone C approval for the weapon system.