AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile

The AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) was a subsonic, over-the-horizon air-launched cruise missile that was developed by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems from the McDonnell Douglas Harpoon antiship missile. The SLAM was designed to provide all-weather, day and night, precision attack capabilities against stationary high-value targets.[1]

AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile
An AGM-84E Standoff Land-Attack Missile being loaded onto an F/A-18C Hornet
TypeAir-launched cruise missile
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1990 - 2000
Used byU.S. Navy
WarsGulf War, Bosnian War
Production history
Unit cost$720,000
Produced1991 - 1995
Mass627 kg (1,382 lb)
Length4.50 m (14.8 ft)
Diameter34.3 cm (13.5 in)

EngineTeledyne/CAE J402-CA-400 turbofan
Wingspan91.4 cm (3.00 ft)
>60 nmi (110 km; 69 mi)[1]
Speed855 km/h (530 mph, 0.698 mach)[1]
inertial navigation system
Global Positioning System
Infrared homing
datalink to the controlling aircraft
Current: F/A-18 Hornet,
P-3 Orion
Past: S-3 Viking,
A-6 Intruder

Except for new technologies in the guidance and seeker sections, which included a Global Positioning System receiver, a Walleye optical guidance system, and a newly developed Maverick missile datalink, all of the missile hardware came directly from the Harpoon missile. The SLAM is also equipped with a Tomahawk missile warhead for better destructive force. SLAM missile uses an inertial navigation system, which is supplemented by Global Positioning System (GPS) input, and it also uses Infrared homing terminal guidance.[1]

Developed in only 48 months, a number of SLAMs were successfully employed during the Persian Gulf War, when it struck Iraqi coastal targets. Also, the SLAM was used successfully in F/A-18 Hornet and A-6 Intruder air strikes during Operation Desert Storm even before official operational testing of the new missile had begun.[2] The SLAM was also used during United Nations air raids in Bosnia before "Operation Joint Endeavor".[1]

In the year 2000, the SLAM was replaced in service by the AGM-84H SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response), which had numerous new capabilities including increased target penetration and nearly twice the range of the older AGM-84E SLAM.[1]

See also


  1. "AGM-84 Harpoon / SLAM [Stand-Off Land Attack Missile." Military Analysis Network. Federation of American Scientists, 20 July 2013. Web. 20 July 2013.
  2. Petty, Dan. "The US Navy -- Fact File: SLAM-ER Missile".

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