Raytheon Air Warfare Systems and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) have completed the latest in a series of flight tests for the HCSM (HARM Control Section Modification) upgrade kit for the AGM-88F HARM missile.

An upgrade to existing AGM-88F HARM missiles, HCSM increases effectiveness against even the most modern enemy radar while reducing the possibility of collateral damage.

During the test mission, an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet fired an HCSM-equipped AGM-88F HARM missile against an emitter located outside a pre-planned zone of exclusion. Using its new GPS/inertial measurement unit capability, the missile impacted the correct target.

The U.S. Air Force will make a fielding decision once the test series is complete, and declare the new missile capability operational. The USAF awarded Raytheon Air Warfare Systems the HCSM system contract in 2012. The missile was recently cleared for full-rate production.

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