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(Standoff Land Attack Missile - Expanded Response)
F-18C with SLAM-ER missile and AWW-13 pods in flight.jpg
An F/A-18 Hornet carrying one SLAM-ER missile (top) and two AN/AWW-13 datalink pods (bottom)
Type Long-range, air-launched, precision cruise missile
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 2000 – present[1]
Used by United States and its allies
Wars Iraq War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Production history
Manufacturer The Boeing Company[1]
Unit cost $500,000[1]
Variants AGM-84H (2000–2002)[2]
AGM-84K (2002 - present)
Weight 674.5 kg (1,487 lb)[1]
Length 4.36 m (14.3 ft)[1]
Diameter 34.3 cm (13.5 in)[1]

Engine Teledyne Turbojet
> 600 lbs thrust
Wingspan 2.2 m (7.2 ft)[1]
270 kilometres (170 mi)[3]
Speed 855 km/h (531 mph, 0.698 mach)[3]
inertial navigation system supplemented by the Global Positioning System (GPS)[1]
infrared terminal guidance[1]
data link to controling aircraft[1]
Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA)[2]
F/A-18C/D Hornet[1]
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet[1]
P-3C Orion[1]
P-8 Poseidon [1]
and allied air forces, including the South Korean Air Force and the Turkish Air Force

The AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response) is a precision-guided, air-launched cruise missile produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the United States Armed Forces and their allies. Developed from the AGM-84E SLAM (Standoff Land Attack Missile), the SLAM-ER is capable of attacking land and sea targets at medium-to-long-ranges (155 nautical miles/250 km maximum). The SLAM-ER relies on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and infrared imaging for its navigation and control, and it can strike both moving and stationary targets. The SLAM-ER, can be remotely-controlled while in flight, and it can be redirected to another target after launch if the original target has already been destroyed, or is no longer considered to be dangerous.[1][4] The SLAM-ER is a very accurate weapon, with the best circular error probable (CEP) of any missile used by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.[1] The SLAM-ER obtained initial operating capability in June 2000. A total of three SLAM-ER missiles were fired by the U.S. Navy during the Iraq War,[5] and the missile was also used during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

The General Electric Company provides an Automatic Target Recognition Unit (ATRU) for the SLAM-ER[6] that processes prelaunch and postlaunch targeting data, allows high speed video comparison, and enables the SLAM-ER to be used in a true "fire and forget" manner. It also includes a "man-in-the-loop" mode, where the pilot or weapons system office can designate the point of impact precisely, even if the target has no distinguishing infrared signature.[4] It can be launched and controlled by a variety of aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, F/A-18 Super Hornet, and P-3C Orion, as well as by the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle. Before the retirement of the S-3B Viking, it was also able to launch and control the SLAM-ER, and it is anticipated that the U.S. Navy's new land-based patrol plane, the Boeing P-8 Poseidon will carry the SLAM-ER as well.[4] The South Korean Air Force's version of the F-15E Strike Eagle, the F-15K Slam Eagle, has been capable of launching and controlling the SLAM-ER since 2006 in test exercises.[7]


 Saudi Arabia[8]
 South Korea[9]
 United Arab Emirates[8]
United States


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 "SLAM-ER Missile." The US Navy – Fact File. United States Navy, 20 Feb. 2009. Web. 22 July 2013. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "usnavy" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 2.0 2.1 Parsch, Andreas. "AGM/RGM/UGM-84." Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles. 2008. Web. 22 July 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "AGM-84 Harpoon / SLAM [Stand-Off Land Attack Missile]." Military Analysis Network. Federation of American Scientists, 22 July 2013. Web. 22 July 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Boeing SLAM-ER Home: Overview
  5. Cordesman, Anthony H. The Iraq War: Strategy, Tactics, and Military Lessons. (Washington: CSIS Press, 2003) 296.
  6. GE - Automatic Target Recognition Unit (ATRU)
  7. Boeing: F-15K Makes History with SLAM-ER Release. St. Louis: 27 Mar 2006. Web. Accessed 15 Jan 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Washington Beef up the Gulf States with 10,000 Strike Weapons Worth US$10 Billion". Defense Update. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  9. Republic of Korea Chooses Boeing SLAM-ER Missile
  10. SLAM-ER and Harpoon Foreign Military Sales

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