US Navy Successfully Test Fires Tomahawk Missile

18 May 2010 (Last Updated May 18th, 2010 18:30)

The US Navy has successfully test fired a block IV-E Tomahawk land attack missile off the southern coast of California into China Lake test range. During the operational test launch, the missile was fired from the navy's Los Angeles Class attack submarine USS Cheyennein in cooperation wit

The US Navy has successfully test fired a block IV-E Tomahawk land attack missile off the southern coast of California into China Lake test range.

During the operational test launch, the missile was fired from the navy's Los Angeles Class attack submarine USS Cheyennein in cooperation with the commander of US 7th Fleet and members of Naval Special Warfare Group 3 (NSWG-3).

Test coordinators used the tactical Tomahawk command and control system's ability to receive real-time targeting coordinates and applied them to a tactical Tomahawk missile in flight.

7th Fleet Tomahawk strike coordinator Master Chief Fire Controlman David Brewer said the test launch significantly improved the navy's ability to shape the battlefield and project power from the sea.

NSWG-3 provided updated target data for the fleet to modify the flight path, allowing the missile to hit the target accurately.