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AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missile

The AGM-129 ACM (Advanced Cruise Missile) was a stealthy, nuclear-armed cruise missile used exclusively by B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers. Its external shape was optimized for LO (Low Observables) characteristics and included forward-swept wings and tailplanes, a flush air intake, and a flat shielded jet exhaust.

Status

Retired

Contractors

Original manufacturer: General Dynamics
Manufacturer: Raytheon Missile Systems - Tucson, Arizona, USA

Timeline

1982 - U.S. Air Force studies for a new cruise missile with stealth characteristics began
1983 - Development contract awarded to General Dynamics
July 1985 - First test flight
June 1990 - First missiles delivered
1992 - U.S. Air Force announced to cease production (after 460 missiles, instead of 1500 planned)
1993 - Last missile delivered
April 2012 - Last operable AGM-129 destroyed

AGM-129A

The AGM-129A is the basic production model.

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 6.35 meters 20.83 feet
Wingspan: 3.1 meters 10.17 feet
Diameter: 70.5 centimeters 27.75 inches
Weight
Weight: 1 680 kilograms 3 700 pounds
Warhead weight: 130 kilograms 287 pounds
Features
Speed: subsonic
Range: 3 200+ kilometers 2 000+ miles
Thrust: 317+ kilograms 700+ pounds
Circular Error Probable (CEP): 30 - 90 meters 100 - 300 feet
Miscellaneous
Propulsion: Williams International Corp. F-112-WR-100 turbofan engine
Guidance: Terain Contour Matching (TERCOM), Inertial Navigation System (INS) and GPS
Warhead: W-80-1 thermonuclear (5-150 kiloton)

AGM-129B

The AGM-129B was an advanced version with structural and software improvements. It never entered service.

Status

Cancelled

AGM-129C

The AGM-129C was planned to be a conventionally-armed version of the AGM-129A. It never entered service.

Status

Cancelled