Finland to acquire AARGM-ER anti-radiation missiles

By Defence Industry Europe

On October 23, the US Department of State announced the approval of a Finnish request for a substantial batch of Northrop Grumman's AGM-88G AARGM-ER anti-radiation missiles.

 

According to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Finland is interested in acquiring 150 AGM-88G AARGM-ER missiles, along with dimensional-mass mock-ups, training services, logistical support, spare parts deliveries, and essential technical documentation. The entire package has been priced at a maximum of USD 500 million.

The weapons are intended for the multi-role Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft (64 units have been ordered).

 

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The US Department of Defence has so far ordered 74 AGM-88G AARGM-ER combat missiles, with deliveries commencing this year. The weapons respond to the needs of the U.S. military for effective means of suppressing airdefences from outside the enemy’s engagement range.

Finland is the second country to gain approval for the purchase. In February of this year, the Department of State approved the sale of 63 combat missiles to Australia. Due to its integration with the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, the AGM-88G AARGM-ER holds the potential to become part of the armament of numerous countries.

 

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