The US State Department has approved the sale of AGM-88 Anti-Radiation Missiles to Australia.
According to the notice of sale, Australia has requested a possible sale of up to seventy (70) AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) Tactical Missiles; up to forty (40) AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM) Tactical Missiles; up to sixteen (16) CATM-88B HARM Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); up to sixteen (16) CATM-88E AARGM CATM; up to twenty-five (25) AGM-88B Control Sections; up to twenty-five (25) AGM-88B Guidance Sections; up to twenty (20) AGM-88E Control Sections; up to twenty (20) AGM-88E Guidance Sections; up to forty eight (48) Telemetry/Flight Termination Systems; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other associated support equipment and services. The total estimated cost is $137.6 million.
Australia is requesting these missiles for its Electronic Attack EA-18G Growler aircraft.
According to the agency:
“The proposed sale will improve Australia’s capability in current and future coalition efforts.
Australia will use this capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence. Australia will have no difficultly absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces.”
The estimated cost is $137.6 million.