AGM-78 Standard ARM

The AGM-78 Standard ARM (Anti-Radiation Missile) was originally developed for the US Navy during the Vietnam War. General Dynamics was asked to create an air-launched ARM by modifying the RIM-66 SM-1 surface-to-air missile. This use of an off-the-shelf design greatly reduced development costs, and trials of the new weapon begun in 1967 after only a year of development. The first operational missiles were issued in early 1968.The first version of the missile, the A1 Mod 0, was little more than an air-launched RIM-66 with the Shrike anti-radar seeker head attached to the front. An Aerojet Mark 27 MOD 4 dual-thrust solid rocket powered the missile, which was fitted with a blast-fragmentation warhead. Although more capable, the AGM-78 was much more expensive than the AGM-45 and the Shrike continued in service for some time. The new missile was carried by the F-105F/G and the A-6B/E.Including all version, over 3,000 AGM-78 missiles were built. Production stopped in the after 1976, but the missile continued in service with the US Navy and US Air Force for almost a decade before the last examples were replaced by the AGM-88 HARM.

AGM-78 Standard ARM
Class Missile
Type Air to Air
Manufacturer Hughes Missile Systems Company
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1969
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Israel View
South Korea View
United States of America 1969 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Hughes Missile Systems Company 1960 View
General Information
Developed by USA
Deployed by Israel, South Korea, USA
Development Year late 1960s
Deployment Year 1969
Platform F-4 Phantom, A-6 Intruder, F-105 Thunderchief
Contractor Hughes Missile Systems

Dimensions and Performance
Length 4.57m
Body Diameter 34cm
Wing/Fin span 92cm
Launch Weight 615kg
Range 55km

Propulsion solid propellant
Warhead 98kg HE
Guidance passive radar

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