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by Akhil Kadidal

The AGM-88E AARGM on a Royal Australian Air Forces (Northrop Grumman) EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft

The US State Department has approved a possible sale of AGM-88E2 advanced anti-radiation guided missiles

(AARGM) to Australia at an estimated cost of $94 million.

In its June 21 notification to the US Congress of the possible sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the deal covers up to 15 AARGM control sections and missile guidance sections, up to 15 High Velocity Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) rocket motors, up to 15 HARM warheads and up to 15 HARM control sections.

Also included are AGM-88E2 All Up Round (AUR), AGM-88E2 Captive Air Training Missile (CATM), HARM G-Code AUR, HARM G-Code CATM, M-Code Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, containers, and support and test equipment.

Another element of the potential sale also includes the EA-18G Growler test stand, spare and repair parts, as well as classified and unclassified software.

The potential acquisition of AGM-88E2s is intended to complement the combat capabilities of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EA-18G Growler fleet.

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