Published August 18, 2003
The AGM-88 HARM or high-speed anti-radiation missile, is an air-to-surface tactical missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems.
The AGM-88 can detect, attack and destroy a target with minimum aircrew input. The proportional guidance system that hones in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed antenna and seeker head in the missile nose. A smokeless, solid-propellant, dual-thrust rocket motor propels the missile. The F-16C is the only aircraft in the Air Force current inventory to use the AGM-88.
The Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council approved the AGM-88 missile for full production in March 1983.
The Air Force equipped the F-4G Wild Weasel with the AGM-88 to increase the F-4G's lethality in electronic combat. The missile worked with the APR-47 radar attack and warning system on the aircraft.
The missile is operationally deployed throughout the Air Force and in full production as a joint U.S. Air Force-U.S. Navy project.
Primary Function: Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile
Contractor: Raytheon Co.
Power Plant: Thiokol dual-thrust rocket motor
Thrust: Dual thrust
Length: 13 feet, 8 inches (4.14 meters)
Launch Weight: 800 pounds (360 kilograms)
Diameter: 10 inches (25.40 centimeters)
Wingspan: 3 feet, 8 inches (101.60 centimeters)
Range: 30 plus miles (48 plus kilometers)
Aircraft: Used aboard the F-16C
Guidance System: Proportional
Warheads: High explosive
Unit Cost: $200,000
Date Deployed: 1984