- Standoff Land Attack Missile
The Standoff Land Attack Missile or SLAM is a subsonic [ [http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=2200&tid=1100&ct=2 The US Navy - Fact File ] ] , over-the-horizon, all-weather
cruise missilewhich grew out of the United States Navy's Harpoon anti-ship missilein the 1970s.
The Original SLAM
It is now difficult to see any visual similarities between the SLAM-ER and the Harpoon. However, the original SLAM very closely resembled the Harpoon because it shared most of its components with the Harpoon, despite being somewhat longer. This helped reduce development costs and allowed the system to be developed within weeks. The original SLAM was developed at extremely short notice during the
Gulf Warto meet emergency requirements. It was notable for requiring two aircraft to employ it, ie one to launch the missile and another to provide the data-link. The longer length of the original SLAM compared to Harpoon meant that it flew in a slightly nose-up attitude whilst approaching the target. A number of SLAMs were successfully fired at Iraqicoastal targets during the Gulf War.
The Current SLAM
In its current incarnation, the SLAM-"ER" ("expanded response"), it is capable of attacking land and sea targets automatically, at long-range (150+ miles), and can also be controlled remotely from the air. It relies on military-grade GPS and
infrared imagingfor navigation. It can strike both moving and stationary targets. General Electricprovides an Automatic Target Recognition Unit (ATRU) [ [http://www.geaviationsystems.com/Products--/Digital/Mission-and-Stores-Management-Systems/Missile-Subsystems/Automatic-Target-Recognition-Unit--ATRU-/index.asp GE - Automatic Target Recognition Unit (ATRU) ] ] which processes pre-launch and post-launch targeting data, allows high speed video comparison, and enables the SLAM-ER to be used in a true "Fire and Forget" manner.
The cost of a single SLAM-"ER" is USD $720,000.
* AGM-84E - Basic SLAM
* AGM-84H - SLAM-ER
* AGM-84K - Internally improved AGM-84H
* SLAM-ER ATA - Version with autonomous target acquisition capability.only operator is
Turkish Air Force
Automatic Target Recognition
* Time.com [http://www.time.com/time/daily/iraq/weapons/missiles/harpoon.html spec sheet] .
* Boeing [http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/missiles/slam/index.htm SLAM-ER]
* [http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/m-84.html Boeing (McDonnell-Douglas) AGM/RGM/UGM-84 Harpoon - Designation Systems]
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