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 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.
U.S. strikes in Syria launched from USS Porter
The Tomahawk missile is a highly accurate, GPS-enabled precision weapon that the U.S. and allied militaries have used more than 2,000 times in combat, and flight-tested 500 times.
In April 2017, U.S. Navy destroyers launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at targets on a Syrian air base. In 2014, a U.S. Navy destroyer and a guided missile cruiser launched 47 Tomahawk missiles in a strike on the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria.
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.
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, and a more powerful warhead. Some variants, including one the Navy has labeled the “Maritime Strike Tomahawk,” will get a new multi-mode seeker designed to hit moving targets at sea or on land in darkness and all kinds of weather.
The Navy has successfully fired two Tomahawk missiles from new submarine payload tubes, proving a Virginia-class ship’s ability to load, carry and vertically launch the weapon. In addition, the Navy is developing a new module that will triple the number of missiles that this class of submarines can carry.
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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Tomahawk cruise missile flight testing
USS Nitze (DDG 94) responds to missile threat off Yemen's Coast
Tomahawk cruise missile capabilities