AGM-84 Harpoon Block II

A Harpoon Block II missile is launched successfully from HMAS Perth.
Function
Anti-ship cruise missile
Manufacturer Boeing Company
Power Plant
Teledyne Turbojet / solid propellant booster
Thrust
272 kilograms
Weight 690.8 kilograms
Diameter
34.3 centimetres
Wingspan
91.4 centimetres
Length
4.6 metres
Range 124 kilometres
Speed
High Subsonic
Usage Frigate Helicopter (FFH)

The AGM-84 Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile. Its low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory, active radar guidance and warhead design assure high survivability and effectiveness.

Harpoon Block II

Harpoon Block II expands the capabilities of the Harpoon anti-ship weapon. Harpoon Block II is capable of executing both anti-ship and land-strike missions.

To strike targets on land and ships in port, the missile uses GPS-aided inertial navigation to hit a designated target aimpoint. The 227 kilogram blast warhead delivers lethal firepower against a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defense sites, surface-to-air missile sites, exposed aircraft, port/industrial facilities and ships in port.

For conventional anti-ship missions, such as open-ocean and near-land, the GPS/INS eliminates midcourse guidance errors enroute to the target area. The accurate navigation solution coupled with launch system improvements combine to offer better discrimination of target ships from islands, nearby land masses or other ships. These Block II improvements maintain Harpoon’s high hit probability against ships very close to land or traveling in congested sea lanes.

HMAS Warramunga conducts a Harpoon, Block II firing for a multi-national surface target engagement (SINKEX) off the coast of Hawaii in the Pacific Missile Range Facility, during RIMPAC 2010.
HMAS Warramunga conducts a Harpoon Block II firing for a multi-national surface target engagement (SINKEX) off the coast of Hawaii in the Pacific Missile Range Facility, during RIMPAC 2010.