The US Navy and Raytheon have conducted two successful flight tests, demonstrating the moving target capability of the Tomahawk cruise missile.
Specifically, the first test demonstrated a Tomahawk cruise missile that was synthetically guided to hit a mobile ship target (MST), while the second was a reduced mission planning time in a realistic "call for fire" scenario.
Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice-president Mike Jarrett said: "The combat-proven Tomahawk is unmatched in its capability.
"Raytheon and the US Navy are working together to enhance Tomahawk and provide the warfighter with even more options in the battlespace."
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The first flight test was the result of an effort between the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWC-WD) at China Lake, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division and Raytheon Missile Systems.
During this test, a Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, which was fired from the destroyer USS Kidd, flew a pre-planned mission until a surveillance aircraft sent real-time target information to the Joint Network Enabled Weapons Mission Management Capability (JNEW-MMC) located at NAWC-WD.
Later, in the second test, the USS Kidd launched another Tomahawk Block IV missile on a ‘call-for-fire’ mission in support of shore-based Marines located on San Nicolas Island, Raytheon stated.
Recently, Raytheon has received a $270m contract from the US Navy’s Air Systems Command to support V-22 Osprey systems, testing and software.
Under this contract, Raytheon IIS division will deliver V-22 software support activity systems and software engineering, as well as avionics integration, testing and acquisition support.
Image: Tomahawk cruise missile can be launched from a ship or submarine and can fly into heavily defended airspace more than 1,000 miles away. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon.