Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Modern, Mature, Powerful

Today's Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile can loiter for hours, shift course instantly on command and transmit 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.

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The Tomahawk missile is a highly accurate, GPS-enabled precision weapon that the U.S. and allied militaries have used more than 2,300 times in combat, and flight-tested 550 times.

Recent Tomahawk operational use includes: In April 2018, U.S. Navy Warships and submarines launched 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syrian chemical weapon facilities. In 2016, a U.S. Navy destroyer fired 5 Tomahawks into Yemen to take out a coastal defense cruise missile site that had been targeting merchant and warships in the Gulf of Aden..

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 2,300 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 with 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.

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

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