AGM-123 Skipper II
AGM-123 Skipper II is a short-range laser-guided missile developed by the United States Navy. The Skipper was intended as an anti-ship weapon, capable of disabling the largest vessels with a 1,000-lb (450-kg) impact-fuzed warhead.
|AGM-123 Skipper II|
|Type||Rocket assisted, low-level, laser-guided bomb|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Mass||582 kg (1,283 lb)|
|Length||4.3 m (14 ft 1.2 in)|
|Diameter||0.5 m (1 ft 7.6 in)|
|Warhead||1000 lb (450 kg) MK 83 bomb|
|Engine||Aerojet MK 78 dual-thrust solid-fueled rocket|
|Wingspan||1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|25 km (15.5 statute miles)|
|Speed||Max:1,100 km/h (680 mph)|
It is composed of a Mark 83 bomb fitted with a Paveway guidance kit and two Mk 78 solid propellant rockets that fire upon launch. The rockets allow the munition to be dropped farther away from the target than could free-fall bombs, which helps protect the delivery aircraft from surface-to-air-missiles and anti-aircraft artillery near the target.
Skipper missiles were also fired in Operation Desert Storm against Iraqi surface vessels by A-6s and U.S. Marine aircraft.
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