DESCRIPTION:

The AGM-114 HELLFIRE Family of Missiles includes the HELLFIRE II and Longbow HELLFIRE Missiles. HELLFIRE II is a precision strike, Semi-Active Laser (SAL)-guided missile and is the principal air-to-ground weapon for the Army AH-64 Apache, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Special Operations aircraft, Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra, and Air Force Predator and Reaper UAS.

The SAL HELLFIRE II missile is guided by laser energy reflected off the target. It has three warhead variants: a dual-warhead, shaped-charge, high-explosive anti-tank capability for armored targets (AGM-114K); a blast fragmentation warhead for urban, patrol boat and other “soft” targets (AGM-114M); and a metal-augmented charge warhead (AGM-114N) for urban structures, bunkers, radar sites, communications installations and bridges.

Beginning in 2012, a HELLFIRE II multipurpose warhead variant (AGM-114R) became available to the warfighter and allows selection of warhead effects corresponding to a specific target type. The AMG-114R is capable of being launched from Army rotary-wing and UAS platforms and provides the pilot increased operational flexibility.

The Longbow HELLFIRE (AGM-114L) is also a precision strike missile using millimeter wave (MMW) radar guidance instead of the HELLFIRE II’s SAL. It is the principal anti-tank system for the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter and uses the same anti-armor warhead as the HELLFIRE II. The MMW seeker provides beyond-line-of-sight, fire-and-forget capability, as well as the ability to operate in adverse weather and battlefield obscurants.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

HELLFIRE provides the warfighter with an air-to-ground, point-target precision strike capability to defeat advanced armor and an array of traditional and nontraditional targets.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Diameter: 7 inches
  • Weight: 99.8-107 pounds
  • Length: 64-69 inches

HELLFIRE II AGM-114R maximum range:

  • Direct fire: 7 km
  • Indirect fire: 8 km
  • Minimum range: 0.5-1.5 km

PROGRAM STATUS

  • FY13-FY15: HELLFIRE II missiles procured annually to replace combat expenditures

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • FY16-FY17: Laser HELLFIRE to continue in production; Longbow HELLFIRE to continue sustainment activities

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

  • Laser HELLFIRE: Australia, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom
  • Direct commercial sale: United Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Turkey
  • Longbow HELLFIRE: Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Singapore, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates Direct commercial sale: United Kingdom
  • CONTRACTORS

    • Lockheed Martin (Orlando, FL)

    PEO

    PEO-MS