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Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Modern, Mature, Powerful

Today's Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile can circle for hours, shift course instantly on command and beam a picture of its target to controllers halfway around the world before striking with pinpoint accuracy.

Tomahawk can be launched from a ship or submarine and can fly into heavily defended airspace more than 1,000 miles away to conduct precise strikes on high-value targets with minimal collateral damage. Launching the weapon from such a long distance helps to keep sailors out of harm's way.

USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to combat ISIL. Play Video

USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to combat ISIL.

The Tomahawk is a highly accurate, GPS enabled precision weapon that has been used over 2,000 times in combat, and flight tested more than 500 times.

During the NATO-led effort against the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, 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 is doing what it has always done: supporting the warfighter with the world's most advanced cruise missile – Tomahawk.

Tomahawk cruise missiles have flown more than 2,000 combat missions.
Tomahawk cruise missiles have flown more than 2,000 combat missions.

The latest variant (Tomahawk Block IV) includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables the missile to be retargeted in flight to preprogrammed, alternate targets. The Block IV design was initiated as both a cost savings and a capability improvement effort.

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy are now enhancing this already sophisticated weapon. Planned upgrades to the Tomahawk Block IV include: upgraded communications, a more powerful warhead, and a new seeker designed to hit moving targets at sea or on land in darkness and all kinds of weather. The multi-mode seeker test is scheduled for later this year.

Modernizing Tomahawk is quick and affordable way to provide warfighters with the capability they need to stay ahead of the threat.

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Feature Stories

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Photo Gallery

Tomahawk Photo Gallery Launch Gallery


Tomahawk Missile Flight Testing Play Video

Tomahawk Missile Flight Testing

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Tomahawk Maritime Interdiction

Tomahawk Maritime InterdictionLaunch Infographic

Tomahawk Current Capabilities

Media Coverage

Pentagon budget plan aims to upgrade its global power projection (Military Times)

Raytheon completes active seeker test for Tomahawk cruise missile (Navy Recognition)

Raytheon tests new seeker for Tomahawk cruise missiles (UPI)

The U.S. Navy is slowly realizing it may have to sink ships again in the future (Popular Mechanics)

Navy finding offensive uses for defensive systems to support distributed lethality (USNI)

VIDEO: The Tomahawk used its own camera to find and destroy a target (Scout)

VIDEO: Tomahawk demos new capabilities (UPI)

Pit LRASM against Tomahawk for anti-ship missile: VADM Aucoin (Breaking Defense)

Guided missiles: Arizona's most high-tech company (The Arizona Republic)

See the U.S. Navy launch Tomahawk missile into ship (CNN)

Extraordinary footage emerges of Tomahawk missile punching a hole completely through a moving shipping container during U.S. Navy training exercise (Daily Mail)

Raytheon working on Tomahawk with seeker (DefenseNews)

Navy test-fires upgraded Tomahawk (FOX News)

Tomahawk missiles the latest U.S. weapon used against Islamic State (The Washington Post)

Britain asks U.S. for Tomahawk Block IV torpedo launched missiles (UPI.com)

This Tomahawk is a mighty morphin’ cruise missile (Gizmodo)

News Releases

Raytheon completes active seeker test for Tomahawk cruise missile

U.S. Navy, Raytheon demonstrate network-enabled Tomahawk cruise missiles in flight

New software flies high as U.S. Navy, Raytheon complete Tomahawk flight test

Raytheon to test new multi-mode seeker for Tomahawk cruise missile

U.S. Navy, Raytheon demonstrate moving target capability for Tomahawk Block IV

Raytheon awarded $251 million Tomahawk missile contract

Tomahawk enhancements showcased in back-to-back flight tests

Raytheon tests new guidance system for Tomahawk cruise missile

Raytheon, U.S. Navy test Tomahawk Block IV's latest communications upgrades