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AGM-84 SLAM-ER
(Standoff Land Attack Missile - Expanded Response)
F-18C with SLAM-ER missile and AWW-13 pods in flight
An F/A-18 Hornet carrying one SLAM-ER missile (top) and two AN/AWW-13 datalink pods (bottom)
Type Long-range, air-launched, precision cruise missile
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 2000 – present[1]
Used by United States and its allies
Wars Iraq War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Production history
Manufacturer The Boeing Company[1]
Unit cost $500,000[1]
Variants AGM-84H (2000–2002)[2]
AGM-84K (2002 - present)
Specifications
Weight 674.5 kg (1,487 lb)[1]
Length 4.36 m (14.3 ft)[1]
Diameter 34.3 cm (13.5 in)[1]

Engine Teledyne Turbojet
> 600 lbs thrust
Wingspan 2.2 m (7.2 ft)[1]
Operational
range
270 kilometres (170 mi)[3]
Speed 855 km/h (531 mph, 0.698 mach)[3]
Guidance
system
inertial navigation system supplemented by the Global Positioning System (GPS)[1]
infrared terminal guidance[1]
data link to controling aircraft[1]
Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA)[2]
Launch
platform
F/A-18C/D Hornet[1]
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet[1]
P-3C Orion[1]
P-8 Poseidon [1]
and allied air forces, including the South Korean Air Force and the Turkish Air Force

The AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response) is a precision-guided, air-launched cruise missile produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the United States Armed Forces and their allies. Developed from the AGM-84E SLAM (Standoff Land Attack Missile), the SLAM-ER is capable of attacking land and sea targets at medium-to-long-ranges (155 nautical miles/250 km maximum). The SLAM-ER relies on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and infrared imaging for its navigation and control, and it can strike both moving and stationary targets. The SLAM-ER, can be remotely-controlled while in flight, and it can be redirected to another target after launch if the original target has already been destroyed, or is no longer considered to be dangerous.[1][4] The SLAM-ER is a very accurate weapon, with the best circular error probable (CEP) of any missile used by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.[1] The SLAM-ER obtained initial operating capability in June 2000. A total of three SLAM-ER missiles were fired by the U.S. Navy during the Iraq War,[5] and the missile was also used during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

The General Electric Company provides an Automatic Target Recognition Unit (ATRU) for the SLAM-ER[6] that processes prelaunch and postlaunch targeting data, allows high speed video comparison, and enables the SLAM-ER to be used in a true "fire and forget" manner. It also includes a "man-in-the-loop" mode, where the pilot or weapons system office can designate the point of impact precisely, even if the target has no distinguishing infrared signature.[4] It can be launched and controlled by a variety of aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, F/A-18 Super Hornet, and P-3C Orion, as well as by the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle. Before the retirement of the S-3B Viking, it was also able to launch and control the SLAM-ER, and it is anticipated that the U.S. Navy's new land-based patrol plane, the Boeing P-8 Poseidon will carry the SLAM-ER as well.[4] The South Korean Air Force's version of the F-15E Strike Eagle, the F-15K Slam Eagle, has been capable of launching and controlling the SLAM-ER since 2006 in test exercises.[7]

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Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia[8]
Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea[9]
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey[10]
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates[8]
United States

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