U.S. Air Force tests Raytheon's upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
Missile improvements add precision, reduce collateral damage
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 22, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and
the U.S. Air Force successfully flight tested an upgraded High-Speed
Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The HARM Control Section Modification (HCSM) is
more precise and accurate, which reduces potential collateral damage.
During this test mission, an F-16 aircraft fired an HCSM, AGM-88F, against an
emitter located outside of a zone of exclusion, which contained a similar
radiating emitter. The HCSM used its new global positioning system
(GPS)/inertial measurement unit (IMU) capability and successfully impacted the
correct target. Another HCSM test mission is needed to determine if HCSM is
ready for deployment to the U.S. Air Force.
"Raytheon's HCSM offers the warfighter enhanced capabilities at an affordable
price, providing best value for suppression of enemy air defense weapon
options," said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Raytheon Air Warfare Systems.
The Air Force awarded Raytheon the HCSM contract in 2012. The missile was
recently cleared for full rate production.
About HARM and HCSM
The AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile is a key battlefield element to
suppress or destroy surface-to-air missile radars, early warning radars, and
radar-directed air defense artillery systems. HARMs have made hostile
airspaces worldwide safer for U.S. and allied warfighters. The missile resides
in the inventories of eight countries.
oMore than 4,000 HARMs have been employed in combat.
oHCSM adds GPS/IMU navigation accuracy, giving HARM the ability to engage
oHCSM has new features that allow it to engage a wide range of modern SAMs,
are resistant to counter-HARM tactics, and reduces the risk of fratricide
or collateral damage.
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worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning92years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission
systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects;
and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well
ascyber securityand a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
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