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Harpoon SSM (1977- )

The HARPOON missile in a low altitude flying over the ocean

The HARPOON missile in a low altitude flying over the ocean,
the booster has been released.

(Photo: US Navy)

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General Specification:

Danish Apellation:

Harpoon SSM

Type of Origin:

RGM-84 Harpoon

Type:

SSM - Surface-to-surface missil [1]

Primary Usage:

Surface targets [2]

Engine:

Teledyne Turbojet

Thrust:

Greater than 272.2 kg

Length:

4.6 m (3.8 m without booster) [1]

Diameter:

34.3 cm

Span:

91.4 cm

Weight:

690.8 kg with booster

Maximum Range:

Over-the-horizon, in excess of 67 nautical miles (124 km)

Speed:

Mach 0,85

Homing:

Sea-skimming cruise monitored by radar altimeter/active radar terminal homing.

Warhead:

Penetration / high-explosive blast - 224 kg

Launcher:

Cylindrical canister mounted with a fixed vertical elevation of 35 degrees [4]

Unit price:

Est. 1.2 mill. US $ per missile (Block II)

Manufacturer:

The Boeing Company, USA

Country of Origin:

USA 1977

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Modifications:

Please notice note [2]

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Weapon or Weapon System in use or used on:

Ship or Class:

Number:

In Service:

ABSALON Class, command & support ships (2)

2 x 4

2005 -

FLYVEFISKEN Class, patrol vessels (4) [3]

2 x 4

1993 -

NIELS JUEL Class, corvettes (3)

2 x 4

1980 -

Mobile Costal Missile Batteries (2)

2 x 8

1993 - 2003

WILLEMOES Class, guided missile boats (10) [4]

2 x 2 (4)

1978 - 2000

PEDER SKRAM Class, frigates (2) [5]

2 x 4

1977 - 1990

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Notes:

[1]

Some countries, including the USA, do also carry an airborne version of this missile. This version is a little shorter lacking the booster.

[2]

Under a 1998 agreement between Boeing and the US Navy, an advanced upgrade to Harpoon missile was developed. This Harpoon Block II missile incorporated Global Positioning System-assisted inertial navigation, which enables the system to have both an anti-ship and a land attack capability.
Denmark and Canada were the first countries outside the USA to adobt this upgrading (2005).

[3]

All units of the FLYVEFISKEN Class can be fitted with Harpoon Missile System, after the launcher now has been containerized into the Standardflex-system

[4]

A normal mount normally carries 4 canisters, bu du primarly to weight problems the guided missile boats of the WILLEMOES Class were mostly only armed with two missiles per mount.

[5]

Missile Incident at Lumsaas - September 5, 1982
The frigate PEDER SKRAM accidentally launched a HARPOON missile. The SSM missile strikes a residential area close to Lumsaas in North Western Zealand. Fortunately, no people are injured.

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United States Navy Fact File

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