U.S. approves USD 1.2 billion AARGM-ER missiles sale to Poland

By Defence Industry Europe

The U.S. Department of State has greenlit a substantial arms deal with Poland, approving the sale of AGM-88G AARGM-ER anti-radiation guided missiles valued at approximately USD 1.275 billion.

 

Under the terms of the deal, Poland will acquire 360 advanced AARGM-ER missiles, which boast extended ranges capable of effectively targeting and neutralizing enemy radar systems. The package also includes eight spare guidance and control sections, training missile models, transportation containers, and comprehensive support comprising software, training sessions, auxiliary equipment, as well as spare and repair parts.

The AARGM-ER missile is designed to enhance the military’s capability to suppress and destroy both land-based and maritime radar systems associated with hostile air defences. This capability is critical in preventing adversaries from effectively utilizing air defence systems, thereby increasing the survivability of tactical aviation in combat scenarios.

 

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Notably, the integration of these missiles into the Polish arsenal will be seamless, as indicated by official sources. The AARGM-ERs are also expected to equip the future Polish F-35A fighters, enhancing the stealth aircraft’s lethality and allowing them to carry the missiles internally, thus maintaining low radar visibility.

The AARGM-ER represents an evolution of its predecessor, maintaining the original guidance head but introducing a new aerodynamic layout and propulsion system. The modifications include band wings along the fuselage to reduce the span of the missile’s lifting surfaces and a new engine that extends its range.

 

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Previously integrated with US Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growler aircraft, the missile’s adaptability to various platforms, including the F-35, highlights its advanced design and strategic utility in modern warfare.

This arms deal not only reflects the strengthening of the Polish-US defence partnership but also plays a crucial role in the broader NATO strategy to ensure robust defence capabilities along Europe’s eastern frontiers.

 

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