AGM-123 Skipper II is a short-range laser -guided missile developed by the UnitedStates 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.
It is composed of a Mark 83 bomb fitted with a Paveway guidance kit and two Mk 78 solid propellant rockets that fire upon launch. The rockets allow the munition to be dropped farther away from the target than could free-fall bombs , which helps protect the deliveryaircraft 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 carried by the A-6E Intruder, A-7 Corsair II, and F/A-18.