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HELLFIRE II Missile

HELLFIRE II Missile

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.

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Successful flight test of the HELLFIRE II AGM-114R model

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Successful flight test of the HELLFIRE II AGM-114R model

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HELLFIRE II may be launched from multiple platforms, including ground vehicles, ships, and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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The HELLFIRE II missile—launched from Apache and Cobra attack helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles such as the Reaper and Predator, the fixed-wing Combat Caravan, and other platforms—has seen extensive action in a variety of combat environments. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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The HELLFIRE II missile’s multi-purpose warhead can be set to neutralize hard, soft, or enclosed targets—it’s one missile for many missions. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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The combat–proven air–to–ground HELLFIRE II missile is equally effective in a variety of ground–and sea–based combat applications. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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Lockheed Martin and Marvin Engineering Company have partnered to deliver the all–digital M299 HELLFIRE “smart” launchers™ to the US Army and other customers. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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Combat-proven HELLFIRE II missiles are ready for action, on board an Australian Eurocopter "Tigre". The HELLFIRE missile is the primary air-to-ground precision weapon for the armed forces of the United States and 19 other nations. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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A HELLFIRE II missile launches from a Cobra AH-1Z, using the missile’s semi-active laser (SAL) seeker to find the target. More than 10,000 HELLFIRE missiles have been used successfully in a variety of combat environments. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Marines)

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Close-up of a semi-active laser (SAL) seeker on a HELLFIRE II missile. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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An Apache helicopter is ready for combat, with precision-strike HELLFIRE II missiles. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

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Integrated with Lockheed Martin’s M299 launcher, the HELLFIRE II missile offers multi–target capability and precision–strike lethality. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

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HELLFIRE II missile is mission–ready on an Apache aircraft. The combat–proven HELLFIRE II missile is the primary air–to–ground precision weapon for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

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HELLFIRE II may be launched from multiple platforms, including ground vehicles, ships, and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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