U.S. Navy Conducts Flight Test of Tomahawk Block IV Missile
13th successful test in a row
CHINA LAKE, Calif., July 22, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- A U.S. Navy Ticonderoga- class cruiser fired a Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Tomahawk Block IV missile June 17. The missile flew more than 500 miles along a preplanned route and precisely engaged its target.
"This test demonstrated that the combat-proven Tomahawk Block IV missile is a significant force multiplier for the U.S. Navy," said Capt. Rick McQueen, the U.S. Navy's program manager for the Tomahawk weapon system. "It also confirmed the missile has the range and precision strike capabilities that enable commanders to shape the battlespace in unprecedented depth and detail."
This was the 13th consecutive successful test of the Tomahawk Block IV. Seven of the test shots were from a submarine, and six were from a surface vessel.
"The missile is tested under rigorous conditions to assure the warfighter that the weapon will perform exactly as promised when used during combat," said Gary Hagedon, Raytheon's Tomahawk program director. "'The Tomahawk reliability is the result of our highly dedicated and skilled engineers, workers, suppliers, and U.S. Navy partners."
Tomahawk Block IV is a surface- and submarine-launched precision strike stand-off weapon. It is designed for long-range precision strike missions against high-value and heavily defended targets.
Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.
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The Tomahawk Block IV missile provides an expanded array of operational capabilities while reducing acquisition, operations and support costs. The missile has a two-way satellite data link that enables it to respond to changing battlefield conditions.
The strike controller can divert the missile in flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or redirect it to a new target. The controller can also command the Tomahawk Block IV missile to loiter over the battlefield until a target is identified and direct it to the target.
The missile also can transmit battle damage imagery and missile telemetry information via the satellite data link.
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