|AGM-123 Skipper II|
|Type||Rocket assisted, low-level, laser-guided bomb|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||United States Navy, United States Marine Corps|
|Mass||582 kg (1,283 lb)|
|Length||4.3 m (14 ft 1.2 in)|
|Diameter||0.5 m (1 ft 7.6 in)|
|Wingspan||1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Warhead||1000 lb (450 kg) Mk 83 bomb|
|Engine||Aerojet Mk 78 dual-thrust solid-fueled rocket|
|25 km (15.5 statute miles)|
|Maximum speed||1,100 km/h (680 mph)|
AGM-123 Skipper II is a short-range laser-guided missile developed by the United States Navy. The Skipper was intended as an anti-ship weapon, capable of disabling the largest vessels with a 1,000-lb (450-kg) impact-fuzed warhead.
The AGM-123 is composed out of a Mk 83 low-drag general purpose bomb fitted with a Paveway guidance kit and one Aerojet Mk 78 solid propellant rocket that fires upon launch. The rocket allows the AGM-123 to be dropped farther away from the target than could free-fall bombs, which helps protect the delivery aircraft from surface-to-air-missiles and anti-aircraft artillery near the target.
The AGM-123 was developed at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center and was carried by the A-6E Intruder, A-7 Corsair II, and F/A-18.
Four Skipper missiles launched by A-6E Intruders contributed to sinking the Iranian frigate Sahand during Operation Praying Mantis on April 18, 1988.
Skipper missiles were also fired in Operation Desert Storm against Iraqi surface vessels by A-6s and U.S. Marine aircraft.
An AGM-123A Skipper II low-level laser-guided missile mounted on the wing pylon of a Vought A-7
A U.S. Navy Grumman A-6E Intruder as its crew monitors the flight of two AGM-123A low-level, laser-guided missiles