Harpoon Missile vs Surface Ships

US Navy, Libya and Iran 1986–88

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An illustrated study of premier US anti-ship missile, the AGM/RGM-84 Harpoon, and its 1986 and '88 uses against Libyan and Iranian naval vessels.

In this study, defence technology expert Lon Nordeen details the role played by the Harpoon missile in two Cold War flare-ups in the 1980s. The Harpoon was the first tactical anti-ship missile developed by the US Navy to provide a counter to the anti-ship missiles exported around the world by the Soviet Union and China. It was deployed on ships, aircraft, submarines and land vehicles and soon became the most widely used anti-ship missile system in the West, with 7,000+ having been produced since 1977, operated by the military forces of more than 30 nations.

This exciting book explores the engagements of the Harpoon by the US Navy against its Libyan and Iranian adversaries, using original photographs and specially commissioned artwork to examine the naval systems and weapons employed by both counterparts. Drawing upon interviews with the US Navy A-6 Intruder crews that deployed the AGM084 variant of the Harpoon in 1986 and 1988, the author brings unique insight to his examination of these fascinating duels.

Table of Contents

(Subject to Confirmation)
Design and Development
Doctrine, Tactics, Leadership, Deployment of Forces
The Strategic Situation
The Combatants
Statistics and Analysis
Further Reading

Product details

Published Jan 18 2024
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472859235
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour artwork plates and maps; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Series Duel
Short code DUE 134
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Lon Nordeen

Lon Nordeen worked for more than 40 years in aeros…


Jim Laurier

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