Naval Weapons

US Navy considering re-introduction of Sub-Harpoon

06 November 2018

The US Navy (USN) is looking at the re-introduction of the submarine-launched Boeing UGM-84D Sub-Harpoon anti-ship missile after a successful live fire demonstration at the ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) 2018 exercise.

The firing event, performed in July from the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) as part of the ‘SINKEX’ phase of ‘RIMPAC’, was the US Navy’s (USN’s) first launch of a Sub-Harpoon missile in more than 20 years. The demonstration of this hitherto dormant capability was expedited by a team from the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport.

The USN removed the UGM-84 missile from its inventory during the 1990s.

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