Raytheon Awarded $493M Contract to Modernize Block IV Tactical Tomahawk Missiles to Block V Standard

Raytheon Missile Systems is awarded a not-to-exceed $493.4 million contract for recertification and modernization of Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) Block IV all-up round missiles to the TACTOM Block V standard.

Additionally, this contract provides for spare recertification, obsolescence and health monitoring, TACTOM depot, flight test and engineering support services alongside associated hardware procurements.

Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is the contracting activity (N00019-20-D-0008).

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (48.7%); Boulder, Colorado (18.9%); Ogden, Utah (6.5%); Camden, Arkansas (5.6%); Burlington, Vermont (3%); El Segundo, California (2.9%); Clearwater, Florida (2.6%); Joplin, Missouri (2.4%); Lincoln, Nebraska (1.9%); Rocket Center, West Virginia (1.5%); and various locations within or outside the continental U.S. to be determined as individual orders are issued (6%). Work is expected to be complete by September 2023.

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 current version, called the Block IV Tactical Tomahawk, or 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.

Beginning this year, the U.S. Navy is recertifying and modernizing the missile, extending its service life by 15 years, and resulting in the new Tomahawk Block V series: The Block V will have upgraded navigation and communication compared to the Block IV missiles.

The Block V has 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.

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