The AGM-123 "Skipper II" is a laser-guided standoff anti-ship missile based on
existing missile and bomb components. The body of the Skipper is a standard Mk 83 1,000
lb. general purpose bomb. The rocket motor is derived from the AGM-45 Shrike
anti-radar missile. The seeker is based
on the laser-guided Paveway II
guided precision bombs. The first combat seen by the Skipper was on April 18, 1988, when a
US Navy A-6 Intruder
struck the Iranian
frigate Sahand with an AGM-123 after the ship engaged US Navy ships in the Strait of
Hormuz. The Sahand was also hit by an AGM-84 Harpoon
and a surface-launched RGM-84. The Sahand did not survive this engagement.
The Skipper was initially operational in 1985.
|Laser-guided standoff anti-ship missile
|Aerojet General solid-fuel booster
|Conventional high-explosive with FMU-376 fuse
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