Raytheon Missile Systems is awarded a contract, worth around $147.9 million, from the U.S. Navy for the full rate production and delivery of 90 Lot 16 Block V Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) All Up Round (AUR) Vertical Launch System missiles.
Additionally, this contract procures TACTOM Block IV AUR recertification AGR-4 Spares.
Fiscal 2020 weapons procurement (Navy) funds for the contract amount will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is the contracting activity (N00019-20-C-0030).
Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (40%); Walled Lake, Michigan (14.4%); Gainesville, Virginia (9.9%); El Segundo, California (4.1%); Clearwater, Florida (3.2%); Glenrothes, Scotland (3%); Spanish Fork, Utah (2.9%); Midland, Ontario, Canada (2.1%); Ontario, California (1.9%); Camden, Arkansas (1.8%); Berryville, Arkansas (1.7%); Vergennes, Vermont (1.7%); Anniston, Alabama (1.1%); Westminster, Colorado (1%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (11.2%), and is expected to be completed in August 2022.
Tomahawk Cruise Missile
The Tomahawk cruise missile is a precision weapon that launches from ships and submarines and can strike targets precisely from 1,000 miles away, even in heavily defended airspace.
The Block V Tactical Tomahawk is the latest variant of the missile. It is a modernized Block IV Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) missile with upgraded navigation and communication. The TACTOM has a data link that allows it to switch targets while in flight. It can loiter for hours and change course instantly on command.
The Block V will have an extended service life of 15 years and will have two variants:
• Block Va: Block V that can strike moving targets at sea
• Block Vb: Block V, with a joint multi-effects warhead that can hit more diverse land targets
U.S. and allied militaries have flight-tested the GPS-enabled Tomahawk 550 times and used it in combat more than 2,300 times. Its most recent use came in 2018, when U.S. Navy warships and submarines launched 66 Tomahawk missiles at Syrian chemical weapon facilities.