US Navy delivers upgraded Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System to fleet


The US Navy has successfully delivered a modernised and upgraded Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS) to its fleet.

TTWCS has been maintained by the Tomahawk Weapons System Programme Office (PMA-280) since 2004 with incremental updates.

The system has now been in service for more than a decade, and underwent the significant hardware and software upgrade programme to ensure its future capability.

PMA-280 programme manager captain Mark Johnson said: “It is critical that the Tomahawk Weapons System evolves to meet warfighter’s needs

“The TTWCS upgrade ensures that it will remain effective against changing enemy threats.”

US Navy’s Tomahawk Weapons System is the major precision strike standoff weapon used by the navy for the attack of long-range, medium-range and tactical targets.

"PMA-280's team replaced the older systems with faster, more capable processors in order to prevent hardware obsolescence, in addition to upgrading the software programme to enhance cybersecurity."

Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles are subsonic cruises missile used for deep land attack warfare, which are launched from the US Navy’s surface vessels, as well as US Navy and the British Royal Navy submarines.

PMA-280's team replaced the older systems with faster, more capable processors in order to prevent hardware obsolescence, in addition to upgrading the software programme to enhance cybersecurity and simplify the user interface.

The interface updates helped streamline workflow and minimise the potential for human error, thereby improving the ergonomics of both the hardware and software and helping increase the speed of engagement planning.

The latest hardware upgrades were implemented with the US Navy fleet earlier this year, and are set to also be incorporated on the navy’s vessels and nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines.


Image: The US Navy’s Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile during a flight test. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.