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AGM-123 Skipper II


Anti-ship missile consisting of a fragmentation-explosive (GP) bomb Mk.83 equipped with a laser guidance set of the Paveway II series and a rocket engine (from AGM-45) propulsion part WPU-5/B. The guidance section of the weapon is type WCU-10/B, the tail part bears the designation MXU-737/B. The range is not great, it places the projectile in the category of "short range", but it already meets the philosophy of stand-off. It allows you to attack from a distance as far away from the enemy air defense as possible. In service since 1985.
Made 2500 pieces. It is a naval weapon, carried by naval aircraft A-6E Intruder, A-7 Corsair II, F/A-18 Hornet.


AGM-123 was removed from the US Navy in 1997.


Dimensions AGM-123


length: 4.3 m
diameter: 50 cm
span: 1.61 m
total weight: 582 kg
warhead weight: 454 kg
control system: laser, passive
engine: rocket, on TPH
speed: 925-1100 km/h
range: 10 km (up to 25 km)
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First combat deployment


The AGM-123 underwent a baptism of fire on April 18, 1988, during Operation Praying Mantis, which was the US Navy's military response to Iran's Gulf mines, which resulted in damage to the USS Samuel B. Roberts missile frigate.


In retaliation, US ships attacked the Sassan and Sirri oil rigs. A US Navy raid forced an Iranian response. First in the form of fast motorboats, which were, however, "flushed" by cluster bombs CBU-59/B dropped by two aircraft A-6E z výstbroje letky VA-95, which operated from the deck of an aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The Iranian attack vessel Joshan later joined the action. While the ship Joshan was sunk, the Iranian frigate Sahand approached the American ships around 4 pm, despite warnings from the frigate USS Jack Williams. The response to the American warning came at 16.21 - Sahand began unsuccessfully shelling American ships from its 76 mm guns. The Iranian frigate was immediately taken care of by a couple Intruders from VA-95, which provided air cover for American ships. Between 16.34 and 16.43, the Iranian vessel was hit by two anti-ship missiles AGM-84D Harpoon, followed by a quartet of AGM- 123 Skipper II. Another Harpoon was immediately added by the destroyer USS Joseph Strauss. Corsairy II z letky VA-22 then against Sahandu fired two missiles AGM-62 Walleye II ERDL. To make matters worse, US aircraft dropped 18 more cluster bombs on the already devastated Iranian ship Mk.20 Rockeye, 18 fragmentation -trhavých pum Mk.83 a 3 GBU-12/B Paveway II. Sahand finally sank on the night of April 18-19.


During Operation Praying Mantis, one bomb was in the early evening of April 18 GBU-12/B from an airplane A-6E hit the frigate Sabaland, which the Iranians later managed to tow and repair.



Resources
1) Cooper, T. & amp; Bishop, F .: Iran-Iraq War in the Air, Atglen, 2000
2) Greeley, B .: US Sinks Iranian Frigate in Persian Gulf Action, AW & ST, April 25, 1988
3) USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 1988 Command History Encl (1)
4) en.wikipedia.org

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Zbrojíři zachycení při manipulaci s AGM-123 Skipper II (ilustrační fotografie) (US Navy)
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