Boeing is trying to sell the Navy an upgraded anti-ship and land attack weapon designed to double the range of the service’s existing Harpoon.
The Harpoon Next-Generation is a sea-skimming land, submarine, air or surface– launched missile guided by GPS and inertial navigation systems to destroy a wide range of targets such as enemy ships, small boats and land targets.
It is engineered to fire from Navy submarines and ships such as destroyers, frigates, patrol boats and aircraft including the F/A-18, F-15, F-16 and P-3 surveillance plane. It can also fire from a mobile, land-based truck platform, Boeing officials said.
The advanced Harpoon will be offered in response to the Navy’s interest in acquiring a new, longer-range, over-the-horizon missile for its Littoral Combat Ship and new Frigate.