Raytheon is currently working with the US Navy to develop a multi-mode seeker to enable Tomahawk missiles to hit moving targets at sea, the company president said.
“Raytheon will continue to upgrade the Tomahawk to meet emerging threats, citing current work with the Navy to develop a multi-mode seeker to enable the Tomahawk to hit moving targets at sea,” Raytheon Missile Systems President Taylor Lawrence was quoted as saying by a local daily, Tucson Tuesday.
“We’re going to add an entirely new mission set to the Tomahawk land-attack missile, to go after maritime targets,” Capt. Mark Johnson, the Navy’s Tomahawk program manager.
All that capability doesn’t come cheap. The cost of each Tomahawk varies with the version and the number purchased in each production lot, but the most recent average cost is about $1.09 million apiece, Johnson said during a private Raytheon event at the UA Tech Park.
Raytheon also is working on a new multi-effects warhead for the Tomahawk, as well as networking the missile with other sensor operators in the battle space, such as aircraft.
Block IV Tomahawks currently in service will get communications and other upgrades as they enter the recertification program that marks the halfway point of their 30-year service life, said Dave Adams, Raytheon’s Tomahawk program manager. The company also is helping General Dynamics Electric Boat to triple the Tomahawk capacity on the Navy’s Virginia-class submarines.
Raytheon and General Dynamics Electric Boat developed new payload module for future US Navys Virginia-class fast-attack submarines will triple the number of Tomahawks the subs can carry. The Navys main conventional deep-strike weapon, Tomahawk is fired by surface ships and submarines to destroy high-value targets with lethal precision
The US Navy has received 14th Block III Virginia-class attack submarine from Huntington Ingalls. The submarine of capable of firing six Tomahawk cruise missiles "Washington is the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries/Newport News Shipbuilding," the company said in a statement Friday
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Syria is negotiating to buy missile defense systems from Russia to defend itself agaist Israeli and American attacks. “It is natural for us to negotiate with the Russians now with a view to strengthening (our) systems, whether to face any Israeli threats from the air or the threats of American missiles,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview to Venezuelan channel Telesur
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Raytheon has won a more than $119-million contract to advance the targeting and communications functions of the Tomahawk Block IV sea-launched cruise missile. "Raytheon Co
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