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An AGM-84E Standoff Land-Attack Missile being loaded onto an F/A-18C Hornet
Type Air-launched cruise missile
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1990 - 2000
Used by U.S. Navy
Wars Gulf War
Production history
Designer Boeing
Manufacturer Boeing
Unit cost $720,000
Produced 1991 - 1995
Weight 627 kg (1,382 lb)
Length 4.50 m (14.8 ft)
Diameter 34.4 cm (13.5 in)

Engine Teledyne/CAE J402-CA-400 turbofan
Wingspan 91.4 cm (3.00 ft)
>60 nmi (110 km; 69 mi)[1]
Speed 855 km/h (530 mph, 0.698 mach)[1]
inertial navigation system
Global Positioning System
forward-looking infrared
datalink to the controlling aircraft
F/A-18 Hornet
P-3 Orion
S-3B Viking
and formerly the A-6 Intruder, which is no longer in service

The AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) was a subsonic, over-the-horizon air-launched cruise missile that was developed by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems from the McDonnell Douglas Harpoon antiship missile. The SLAM was designed to provide all-weather, day and night, precision attack capabilities against stationary high-value targets.[1]

Except for new technologies in the guidance and seeker sections, which included a Global Positioning System receiver, a Walleye optical guidance system, and a newly developed Maverick missile datalink, all of the missile hardware came directly from the Harpoon missile. The SLAM is also equipped with a Tomahawk missile warhead for better destructive force. SLAM missile uses an inertial navigation system, which is supplemented by Global Positioning System (GPS) input, and it also uses infrared terminal guidance.[1]

Developed in only 48 months to meet the emergency requirements of the Persian Gulf War, a number of SLAMs were successfully employed during that war, when it struck Iraqi coastal targets. Also, the SLAM was used successfully in F/A-18 Hornet and A-6 Intruder air strikes during Operation Desert Storm even before official operational testing of the new missile had begun.[2] The SLAM was also used during United Nations air raids in Bosnia before "Operation Joint Endeavor".[1]

In the year 2000, the SLAM was replaced in service by the AGM-84H SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response), which had numerous new capabilities including increased target penetration and nearly twice the range of the older AGM-84E SLAM.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "AGM-84 Harpoon / SLAM [Stand-Off Land Attack Missile." Military Analysis Network. Federation of American Scientists, 20 July 2013. Web. 20 July 2013.
  2. US Navy - Fact File: SLAM-ER Missile

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