Advancing the Harpoon Will Increase Lethality, Not Cost

Posted June 10, 2015 at 7:54pm

The Harpoon Weapon System is on a continuous upward growth spiral following recent global acquisitions and test firings. Now, Boeing Weapons & Missile Systems is looking to continue this growth pattern for Harpoon by  offering a variant, Harpoon Extended Range, that will double its range – a critical capability needed to combat advancing threats.  

Extending the range of existing Harpoon missiles via an upgrade kit costs less than half of what a new Harpoon missile costs today, and the cost of a new-build Harpoon Extended Range is comparable to a current Harpoon. With more than 7,500 Harpoon missiles in the global defense inventory it’s a value that packs quite a punch. Add to that a multi-billion dollar global infrastructure that provides funding, maintenance and advancement of the Harpoon for the U.S. Navy and 29 international allies, and the Harpoon offers unlimited growth and cost savings.  

A host of other upgrade options will also be offered for Harpoon, with extended range leading the way. And because each option is just that – optional – current and potential customers can choose both their level of investment and capability to effectively meet current and future mission needs.  

A Harpoon missile is launched from the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Shiloh during a live-fire exercise in 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released)
A Harpoon missile is launched from the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Shiloh during a live-fire exercise in 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released)

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