The US Navy has awarded a $217.1m full rate production (FRP) Lot 18 contract to Raytheon Missile Systems for 154 Tomahawk missiles.

Delivery of the weapon systems is expected by 2025.

It is the first multi-service contract for Tomahawk missile systems, which are being procured for the US Marine Corps (USMC), Navy and Army.

The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280) facilitated the contract using the Economy Act 31 US Code (USC) 1535 and 1536, which was passed by the US Government in 1932.

The act allows one federal agency to procure goods with another agency under certain circumstances.

Under the latest FRP Lot 18 contract, Raytheon will deliver the Tomahawk long-range missiles with Block V configuration, featuring a Navigation/Communication (NAV/COMMS) upgrade.

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The new feature will improve navigation and enable in-flight update capabilities.

Other capabilities of the future Block V configuration include Joint Multiple Effects Warhead System (JMEWS) and Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant.

PMA-280 programme manager captain John Red said: “This is a major accomplishment for the programme as we move forward into a new era for the Tomahawk Missile System.

“We look forward to delivering this capability not only to the fleet, but to our marines and soldiers around the globe.”

The missiles procured under the latest contract will support the new units of the USMC. The Marine Corps is also developing and fielding a ground-based Tomahawk launcher.

The PMA-280 has also worked closely with the US Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) to execute the contract.

The PMA-280’s investment strategies, modernisation efforts and joint test events are also supporting the US Army’s Mid-Range Capability programme, which is on track for its scheduled delivery in fiscal year (FY) 2023.