REMEC Defense and Space, a subsidiary of Cobham Defence Electronic Systems, has received notice by ATK of another successful milestone test of the Advanced Anti Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) at China Lake, CA. The missile was launched off-axis from low altitude from an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft and was able to guide itself to a direct hit on a simulated enemy air defense radar installation. The test, a joint effort between the US Navy, Alliant Techsystems and the Italian Air Force, was a critical milestone in the program and keeps the program on track for Low Rate Initial Production.
REMEC provides three integrated electronic assemblies to ATK for installation into the AARGM missile, the RF processor, an IF receiver and a WIA transmitter. REMEC has been a participant on the AARGM project since 2003 and is currently producing these assemblies under the SDD phase of the program. The current Navy/ATK schedule calls for Low Rate Initial Production to commence following completion of Milestone C, scheduled later this year.
"REMEC is a critical supplier on the Government-Industry AARGM Devlopment Team," said Gordon Turner, ATK director of Strike Weapons. "The performance of REMEC's Anti-Radiation Homing (ARH) receiver components were pivotal in the test missile ARH guidance to a direct hit of the target."
Following the successful test firing, Capt. Larry Egbert, the Department of Defense program manager, Direct and Time Sensitive Strike programs, said, "The entire international AARGM team is pleased with the test result. I continue to be exceptionally proud of the achievements of our international, government-industry team. This successful test has shown the lethality against a real-world threat and demonstrates the viability of an affordable Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses (DEAD) capability for US, Italian and potentially other Allied Forces through the upgrade of legacy HARM weapons."