Tomahawk Maritime Interdiction
White Paper on evolution of Tomahawk
Unmanned aircraft seem to get all the headlines these days. But the ship- and submarine-launched Tomahawk cruise missile — an unmanned aircraft that goes on a one-way trip — is quietly upping its game.
Today’s Tomahawk Block IV can circle for hours, shift course instantly on command and beam a picture of its target to controllers halfway around the world. Controllers can plan missions in an hour, which is a huge improvement over the 80 hours needed when the weapon first debuted in combat.
Tomahawks can fly into heavily defended airspace and precisely strike high-value targets with minimal collateral damage.
During the NATO-led effort against the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, the Tomahawk played an instrumental role in the operation. One submarine fired more than 90 missiles at a variety of targets, and the USS Barry fired the 2,000th Tomahawk in combat.
As the battlespace and the needs of the warfighter evolve, Raytheon will continue to do what it has always done: support the warfighter with the world’s best cruise missile — Tomahawk.
The latest variant of the missile, Tomahawk Block IV, includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables a strike controller to redirect the missile in-flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or more critical targets. With a range of approximately 1,000 statute miles, the Tomahawk Block IV missile is a surface- and submarine-launched precision strike stand-off weapon.
In October 2013, the 3000th Tomahawk Block IV missile was delivered to the U.S. Navy as part of its ninth Block IV full-rate FY12 production contract. The Block IV missile design was initiated as both a cost savings and a capability improvement effort.
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Product Line: Air Warfare Systems