missile (fig. 3-7), is an all-weather antiship attack
weapon. The SLAM tactical missile (fig. 3-7),
AGM-84E, is a standoff land attack missile. The
Harpoon can be delivered from the A-6, F/A-18, P-3,
and S-3 aircraft. The SLAM primary launch platforms
are the A-6E and F/A-18 aircraft. Both missiles are
AURs and require no assembly other than installation
of the wing and control fin assemblies. The missile
consists of the guidance section, warhead section,
sustainer section, boattail section, wings, and control
fins. The missile is approximately 151 inches in length
and weighs approximately 1,144 pounds.
The Harpoon missile has a low-level cruise
trajectory with over-the-horizon range that makes it less
susceptible to radar detection. It uses active guidance
and has counter-countermeasure capability.
The guidance section contains the seeker, radar
altimeter, midcourse guidance unit, and power supply.
A radome on the front of the guidance section provides
Figure 3-7.AGM-84 series Harpoon/SLAM guided missile.