AGM-114 Hellfire

The AGM-114 Hellfire is an air-to-ground missile (AGM) first developed for anti-armor use,[6] later developed for precision[7] drone strikes against other target types, especially high-value targets.[8] It was originally developed under the name Heliborne laser, fire-and-forget missile, which led to the colloquial name "Hellfire" ultimately becoming the missile's formal name.[9] It has a multi-mission, multi-target precision-strike ability and can be launched from multiple air, sea, and ground platforms, including the Predator drone. The Hellfire missile is the primary 100-pound (45 kg) class air-to-ground precision weapon for the armed forces of the United States and many other nations. It has also been fielded on surface platforms in the surface-to-surface and surface-to-air roles.[10]

AGM-114 Hellfire
A model of Longbow Hellfire's components
TypeAir-to-surface and surface-to-surface missile
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1984–present
WarsWar on Terror 1991 Gulf War
Production history
ManufacturerLockheed Martin, Boeing (prior second source), and Northrop Grumman (seeker only for AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire)
Unit costUS$150,000[1] (FY 2021)
US$117,000 (FY2017)[2]
Produced1974–present
Specifications
Mass100–108 lb (45–49 kg)[3]
Length64 in (1.6 m)
Diameter7 in (180 mm)
Warhead

EngineThiokol TX-657[4][5]
Solid-fuel rocket
Wingspan13 in (0.33 m)
PropellantAPC/HTPB
Operational
range
550 to 12,030 yd (0.5 to 11 km)
Maximum speed Mach 1.3 (995 mph, 1,601 km/h)
Guidance
system
Launch
platform
Rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, unmanned combat aerial vehicles, tripods, ships, ground vehicles

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