SLAM ER Missile SystemsRevised: 11 August 2003
Description: The AGM-84K Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER), an evolutionary upgrade to the combat-proven SLAM, is an air-launched, day/night, adverse weather, over-the-horizon, precision strike missile. SLAM-ER achieved IOC in June 2000.
Features: SLAM-ER addresses the Navy's requirements for a precision-guided Standoff Outside of Area Defense (SOAD) weapon. SLAM-ER provides an effective, long range, precision strike option for both pre-planned and Target of Opportunity attack missions against land and maneuvering ship targets.
Most significant characteristics are: a highly accurate, GPS-aided
guidance system; an imaging infrared seeker and two-way data link with the
AWW-13 Advanced Data Link pod for Man-In-The-Loop (MITL) control; improved
missile aerodynamic performance characteristics that allow both long range
and flexible terminal attack profiles; an ordnance section with good
penetrating power and lethality; and a user-friendly interface for both
MITL control and mission planning. SLAM-ER was the first weapon
to feature Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA), a revolutionary
technological breakthrough that helps improve target acquisition in
cluttered scenes, overcomes most IR countermeasures, and mitigates the
effects of environmentally degraded conditions. The SLAM-ER is
also the first weapon system with a moving target capability from standoff
ranges. The SLAM-ER can be launched and controlled by F/A-18C/D,
P-3s, and S-3 platforms. It can also be controlled by the F/A-18E/F. The SLAM-ER
is extremely accurate, and has the best Circular Area of Probable (CEP) in
the U.S. Navy’s inventory. The SLAM-ER remains the U.S.
Navy’s only precision SOAD weapon.
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