An ARM capacity is very important for DEAD from stand-off and is a capability gap that exists with quite a few western air-forces. The USN and the Italians have kept it relevant through the AARGM program and this will only be further enhanced with the ER effort which is effectively a new weapon given the AARGM was rebuild program for the most part. The USAF chose to pursue a less ambitious and lower risk path to their HARM upgrade but even they are now looking for a new ARM or similar capability as part of their next generation developmental efforts.
In case a totally new weapon is cost prohibitive many European F-35 customers would be well served by adopting the AARGM-ER for their F-35 A or Bs and it does make a good bit of sense for its (or the standard AARGM) integration on the Typhoon to be pursued at some point once the Tornado fleet is retired. Also, the AARGM with its multi-mode capability is no longer purely an anti radar weapon. It is useful for other strike missions as well.
Last edited by bring_it_on; 17th April 2017 at 14:02.
Old radar types never die; they just phased array