Raytheon delivers 3000th Tomahawk Block IV to US Navy
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Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) delivered the 3000th Tomahawk Block IV missile to the U.S. Navy as part of its ninth Block IV full-rate FY12 production contract.
The U.S. Navy continues to purchase Tomahawk missiles via the FY13 budget, and negotiations are ongoing for next year's production contract.
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The Block IV missile design was initiated as both a cost savings and a capability improvement effort. The Block IV variant is warrantied for 15 years. Following successful recertification, the missile will be returned to service for another 15 years upon commencement of re-certifications in 2019.
"Raytheon continues to work with the Navy to evaluate Tomahawk's technical and operational capabilities, while utilizing cost-efficient manufacturing processes," said Roy Donelson, Tomahawk program director with Raytheon Missile Systems.
A major enhancement introduced with the Tomahawk Block IV missile includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables a strike controller to redirect the missile in-flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or more critical targets. Tomahawk is employed from both surface- and sub-surface platforms, and more than 2,000 have been expended in real-world operations.
Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)