Air-Launched Weapons

Harpoon Block II+ seeker upgrade included in US FY 2019 budget

14 February 2018

The US Navy (USN) is planning to introduce an upgraded active radar seeker for the service’s Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile.

According to the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the improved seeker is required to improve the ability of the Harpoon II+ missile to acquire its intended target in crowded and complex environments.

Harpoon Block II+ is an upgrade kit being acquired to provide the USN with a network-enabled anti-ship guided weapon for launch from the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the P-8A Poseidon. Compared with the legacy Block IC weapon, Block II+ introduces the GPS and associated guidance control unit from the Harpoon Block II weapon (already fielded and in production for the international Harpoon community) together with the Strike Common Weapon Data Link (SCWDL) and modified operational flight software.

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