Weapons and Kit

The sea-skimming 526kg harpoon missile explained

A brief guide to the key features of the Harpoon.

The Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile.

It was first developed by the US Navy in 1977.

A single missile measures 4.5m in length and weighs 526kg.

The Harpoon's range reaches 77 miles on low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory and it has a turbojet engine with solid propellant booster.

The Harpoon is guided by a GPS-aided inertial navigation and armed with a 500lb blast warhead.

As of 2022, Harpoon missiles are in use with more than 30 military forces around the globe.