Tomahawk Cruise Missile

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.

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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 2,000 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.

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 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.

Learn more about Raytheon's Precision Weapons.