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CM-102 / PL-16 anti-radiation missile

The PLAAF hopes that with the introduction of the PL-16, the conventional arsenal of China's air forces will be competitive in comparison to Western peers. The PL-16 has been developed in two models, the PL-16A and PL-16B, though this information is poorly attested.

The American The Advanced Anti-Radiation Missiles (AARGM) is used to deal with air defense forces and open the way for air strikes. The Ameircan AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radar Missile (AGM 88 Harm) is used to detect, attack and destroy early warning radars, ground-to-air missile radar positions and radar-commanded air defense artillery. Radar missiles. It adopts the proportional guidance method, and is equipped with a fixed antenna and seeker on the head of the missile, which can detect the signal emitted by the enemy's radar. The bomb can be carried by aircraft of the U.S. Air Force and Navy, and operates in three modes: preemptive attack, use as a detector and self-protection. In a preemptive attack, the range is the farthest, allowing the missile to be launched before the target radar is locked. This requires that the target be selected before the battle is launched, or the bombing aircraft or the on-board detector prompts the target.

The AGM-88E model of the AGM-88 anti-radiation missile was part of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) program. This type of missile uses a new guidance section and a modified control section, as well as improvements to the rocket engine and warhead, and modifications to the wings and fins. The new missile uses a multi-mode seeker to counter the enemy’s shutdown capability. The missile’s firepower and memory capabilities allow the weapon to operate within a sufficient range. The Weapon Impact Analysis (WIA) subsystem provides decision support through the impact assessment data to the previous battle damage assessment.

AGM-88F, an upgraded version of the AGM-88 that was tested in 2014, has anti-ship capabilities. All these upgrades gave this missile a new name. It is now called AARGM (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile) instead of a high-speed anti-radiation missile. AGM-88F is also equipped with a GPS positioning system, which assists in an inertial navigation system (INS) with low accuracy but with anti-interference. The old AGM-88D also uses GPS, which makes the missiles that usually rely on radar transmission signals to chase the radar can now hit the target only by positioning.

Many countries now use a decoy launcher to send out fake radar signals to induce high-speed anti-radiation missiles to deviate from the real radar. The 88F missile uses GPS, more sensors and new software to avoid various known deceptions (and some deceptions that have not yet been invented). AGM-88 can pursue targets at a distance of 100 kilometers at high speed (2200 kilometers per hour). AGM-88's D model sells for nearly $100,000 each. The other one uses a more complex sensor that can detect and direct missiles to a wide range of radar signals. Each of these models sells for about $300,000.

Although advanced anti-radiation missiles may eventually become an effective threat to the enemy's air defense system through improvements, the various flaws in the current weapon system greatly affect the missile's ability to complete its mission. The US Navy hoped that the Block 1 upgrade of the missile can solve the current problems and make the missile have full combat capabilities. The subsequent operational testing and evaluation of the missile Block 1 began in fiscal year 2014.

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