Australia to buy anti-radiation missiles from US under FMS programme


The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of anti-radiation missiles and related support and equipment to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD).

Australia is requesting these missiles for its Electronic Attack EA-18G Growler aircraft.

Anti-radiation missiles are guided missiles designed to primarily to destroy enemy radars and communication facilities.
The proposed sale will help Australia in improving its capabilities in current and future coalition efforts, using the improved capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence.

Orbital ATK (OA), Ridgecrest, and Raytheon Missile Systems Company are the expected prime contractors for this programme.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which deals with foreign sales, has notified the Congress about the approval in 2017.


Project Name: DoD – Purchase of Anti-Radiation Missiles – Australia
Project Status: Planning
Project Type: Parent
Project Start Quarter: Q2 2017
Project Value (USD): 137.60 Million
Project Sector:
Guided Missiles
Project Location:


Project Scope:
The scope of this US$137.6 million FMS progamme includes supply of:
1. 70 AGM-88B high speed anti-radiation missiles (HARM) tactical missiles,
2. 40 AGM-88E advanced anti-radiation guided missiles (AARGM) tactical missiles,
3. 16 CATM-88B HARM captive air training missiles (CATM),
5. 25 AGM-88B control sections,
6. 25 AGM-88B guidance sections,
7. 20 AGM-88E control sections,
8. 20 AGM-88E guidance sections,
9. 48 telemetry/flight termination systems,
10. US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and
11. Other associated support equipment and services.


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