Local

September 13, 2017
 

Raytheon enhances Tomahawk cruise missile to hit moving targets at sea

TUCSON, Ariz.–The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $119 million contract to begin integrating a new multi-mode seeker into the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile.
The enhancement will enable the weapon to engage moving maritime targets.

The Navy is conducting the new seeker development as a Rapid Deployment Capability program to meet urgent fleet requirements for defeating emerging maritime threats worldwide. Raytheon is expected to deliver this new capability by 2022.

“The U.S. Navy and Raytheon are working closely together to further enhance this modern missile, keeping Tomahawk in the fleet for decades to come,” said Capt. Mark Johnson, Tomahawk program manager at U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. “No other weapon on earth can match this cruise missile’s capability. Proven thousands of times in combat, Tomahawk is the nation’s weapon of choice.”

Launched from ships or submarines, the Tomahawk missile can fly into heavily defended airspace 1,000 statute miles away to conduct precise strikes on high-value targets with minimal collateral damage.

“Tomahawk’s new multi-mode seeker will add even more capability to this already advanced missile,” said Dave Adams, Raytheon Tomahawk program director. “Tomahawk is second to none in destroying stationary land targets, and soon the weapon will defeat moving maritime targets. Enemy vessels at sea will not elude Tomahawk.”

Raytheon is already modernizing Tomahawk’s radio suite and software under a separate Navy contract. Recertification on the first Tomahawk Block IVs is set to begin in 2019. That process will extend Tomahawk’s service life for 15 years and enable Raytheon to make enhancements to the missile.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Kristine Legate

Propulsion back shop pushes forward

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Kristine Legate Airmen from the 355th Component Maintenance Squadron inspect a TF-34 prior to assembly at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 24, 2018. Aerospace propulsion special...
 
 
DM-strafe1

D-M pilot wins top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer Capt. Sky “Comet” Lesh, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, poses for a photo at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 9, 2018. Lesh took h...
 
 

Estate claims notice

Staff Sgt. Shane M. Appleton of the 355th Operations Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., passed away Oct. 28, 2018. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Stewart Cornett, at 520-228-4407 or via email at stewart.cornett@us.af.mil.