AGM-84 Harpoon

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The Boeing AGM-84 Harpoon is an American-built anti-ship missile, which can be launched from warplanes (such as the Fighting Falcon), surface ships, or submarines. The missile is 4.7 meters long, travels 240 meters/second, flies at an altitude of 2 meters, and can travel from 93km (launched from a submarine) to 315km (launched from a high-altitude aircraft).

The first combat use of the missile was in 1986 in the Gulf of Sidra. During Operation Prairie Fire, A-6 Intruders sank two Libyan vessels (a missile boat and a corvette) using Harpoon missiles and Rockeye cluster bombs.[1]

References

  1. El Dorado Canyon: Reagan's Undeclared War with Libya, by Joseph T. Stanik, Naval Institute Press, 2003

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