Babcock has received a contract to provide in-service support for the British Royal Navy’s Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control Systems (TTWCS) and associated auxiliaries.

The company will work in partnership with Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Solutions to deliver the contract for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence Equipment and Support over a period of three and a half years.

Under the Tomahawk land attack missile (TLAM) contract, Babcock and Lockheed Martin will handle 12 TTWCS across the remaining Trafalgar-class and Astute-class submarines, including land-based facilities.

Babcock Defence Systems Technology managing director Richard Drake said: “Weapons systems are our speciality and this contract will enable both Babcock and Lockheed Martin to drive critical programme elements through a collaborative framework for our customer.”

The company expects to use its expertise in project and configuration management, special to type test equipment maintenance, and detailed strip and survey activities to deliver the contract.

TLAM is an all-weather, long-range, subsonic cruise missile designed to conduct deep land attack warfare.

The Raytheon-manufactured missile is launched from US Navy surface ships and submarines. TLAM is also in service with British Royal Navy submarines.

In 1995, the US approved the sale of 65 Tomahawk missiles to the UK through a foreign military sales agreement.

In 2003, the US Government cleared the UK’s request to buy 65 Block IV Torpedo Tube Launch Tomahawks.

The Block IV missile, which is the latest version of the missile, entered service with the UK in March 2008.

Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile has the ability to loiter over a target area for hours before striking on high-value targets with pinpoint accuracy.

It is capable of flying into heavily defended airspace more than 1,000 miles away.

Raytheon has incorporated a two-way satellite data-link in the latest Block IV variant to allow the missile to be retargeted in flight to strike pre-programmed alternate targets.