NAVAIR backs AARGM despite censure from DOT&E

09 February 2017

Key Points

  • A FY 2016 report has assessed the current AARGM status as 'not operationally suitable and not operationally effective'
  • The Program Office is intending to maintain the current schedule that supports a 3QFY2017 AARGM Block 1 fleet release

The US Navy (USN) Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has expressed confidence in the capabilities of the Orbital ATK AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) in the face of a critical evaluation of the AARGM Block 1 Upgrade by the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) in its fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016) annual report.

The Block I Upgrade is intended to address deficiencies in the AARGM Block 0, originally identified in an FY 2013 DOT&E report, which noted that AARGM was "operationally suitable, but not operationally effective" due to multiple deficiencies discovered during the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) in FY 2011-2012.

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