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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.

U.S. strikes in Syria launched from USS Porter Play Video

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.

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.

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Feature Stories

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Photo Gallery

Tomahawk Photo Gallery Launch Gallery


Tomahawk Missile Flight Testing Play Video

Tomahawk cruise missile flight testing

USS Nitze (DDG 94) Responds to Missile Threat Off Yemen's Coast Play Video

USS Nitze (DDG 94) responds to missile threat off Yemen's Coast

Tomahawk Maritime InterdictionLaunch Infographic

Tomahawk cruise missile capabilities

Media Coverage

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The Tomahawk cruise missile will fly on through at least 2040 (Popular Mechanics)

VIDEO: Tomahawk missiles: Everything you need to know (Engineering 360)

Sailors recall helping coordinate 'no-fail' missile strike in Syria (Military.com)

VIDEO: Inside look at Tomahawk missile facility (CNN)

VIDEO: How do Tomahawk missiles used by U.S. against Syria work? (FOX News)

Why the Navy’s Tomahawk missiles were the weapon of choice in strikes in Syria (The Washington Post)

Navy modernizes Tomahawk weapons control system (Naval Air News)

The Navy wants the Army to start sinking ships (Popular Mechanics)

Raytheon set to modernize Navy’s Tomahawks during recertification (Seapower)

Navy launches Tomahawk missiles at rebel sites in Yemen after attacks on U.S. ships (Washington Post)

News Releases

U.S. Navy, Raytheon generate Tomahawk missile flight plans in real time to strike time-sensitive targets

Raytheon completes active seeker test for Tomahawk cruise missile