U.S. Navy Awards Tomahawk Block IV Missile Multi-Year Contract

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The United States Navy announced today that Raytheon Missile Systems Company, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $1.6 billion firm-fixed price contract to produce up to 2200 Tomahawk block IV missiles for the U.S. Navy’s surface ship and submarine strike warfare fleets.

This milestone marks the end of a very successful engineering, manufacturing and development phase. The combined Navy/Raytheon team surpassed all expectations in bringing the next generation cruise missile from paper to production in five years. The Tomahawk block IV missile incorporates a revolutionary design that provides the warfighter with increased tactical flexibility, more agile responsiveness, improved reliability and a price tag that is less than half of the currently fielded block III missile. The Tomahawk missile is ship and submarine launched, and was first employed operationally during Desert Storm. Since then, the missile has been heralded for its accuracy and lethality in numerous operations. The Tomahawk block IV variant incorporates several enhancements including mission planning onboard the launch platform, in-flight retargeting, tactical loiter and battle damage assessment capability, and in-flight health and status reports. These capabilities increase warfighter effectiveness and responsiveness, while significantly reducing acquisition and life cycle costs.

Today’s production contract award is the first Navy weapons multi-year contract ever awarded. The multi-year construct will produce measurable savings over a five-year period as compared to five individual annual procurements. Additionally, this award allows Raytheon to ramp up from its current low rate initial production delivery rate to a full rate production delivery rate of nominally 38 missiles per month.

The Tomahawk All-Up-Round Missile program is managed by Capt. Bob Novak (PMA-280) and is one of the Navy’s Sea Strike weapons in the portfolio of the Program Executive Officer, Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation (PEO(W)) co-located at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) headquarters in Patuxent River, Maryland. When asked to comment, Rear Admiral Tim Heely (PEO(W)) said, “with our nation at war, this is a challenging time for our Navy. Today, Navy and Marine Corps forces are contributing decisive combat power to support joint and coalition warfighting objectives. The Tomahawk missile is a remarkable, reliable contributor to this effort. This first weapons multi-year procurement is a tremendous example of our goal in providing cost-wise readiness solutions for the Navy and the warfighter. It brings me enormous pride to see the continued dedication of our Navy/Raytheon development team as we deliver the next generation of Tomahawk cruise missile, with all its enhanced combat capability, to the fleet.”

NAVAIR provides advanced warfare technology through the efforts of a seamless, integrated, worldwide network of aviation technology experts. From professional training to carrier launch and recovery; from sensor data to precision targeting and real-time communications; from aircraft and weapons development to successful deployment and sustainment; NAVAIR provides cost-wise readiness and dominant maritime combat power to make a great Navy/Marine Corps team better.

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