The HELLFIRE II missile is a combat–proven tactical missile system that can be launched from multiple air, sea, and ground platforms. Offering multi–mission, multi-target capability and precision–strike lethality, the HELLFIRE II missile is the primary 100 lb class air–to–ground precision weapon for the armed forces of the United States and many other nations.
The latest HELLFIRE II model is the AGM-114R multi–purpose HELLFIRE II missile, also known as the HELLFIRE Romeo. The HELLFIRE Romeo consolidates the capabilities of all previous HELLFIRE II variants equipped with semi–active laser (SAL) seekers into a single missile that defeats a broad range of targets. From before launch to detonation, the HELLFIRE Romeo features a variety of technological improvements that boost its effectiveness and utility.
As in previous HELLFIRE II models, the HELLFIRE Romeo can lock onto targets before or after launch for increased platform survivability. But its new three–axis inertial measurement unit also enables properly equipped launch platforms to engage targets to the side and behind them without maneuvering into position. It can be launched from higher altitudes due to its enhanced guidance system and improved navigation capabilities, which increases the missile’s impact angle and enhancing lethality. A new multi–purpose warhead enables the HELLFIRE Romeo to defeat hard, soft and enclosed targets, thus allowing pilots to meet many contingencies with a single HELLFIRE loadout—it’s one missile for many missions.
The HELLFIRE Romeo integrates with all HELLFIRE II–compatible platforms and can be launched autonomously or with remote designation. Rotary–wing platforms include the Apache, Kiowa Warrior, Cobra and Seahawk, as well as the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) for Australia and the Tiger Hélicoptère d’Appui Destruction (HAD) for France. Fixed–wing platforms include the KC-130J Harvest Hawk, and the Cessna Combat Caravan aircraft. The HELLFIRE has also been demonstrated on ground-based tripods, ground vehicles and boats.
HELLFIRE is a registered trademark of the HELLFIRE Systems, Limited Liability Company.