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Tactical Tomahawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 3,875
Unitary Cost: USD$1.1 million
Total Cost: USD$5.3 billion
Also Known As: RGM-109E, TacTom, TLAM-E, Tomahawk Block IV, TT TTL and UGM-109E
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: Tomahawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1984
Total Production: ?
Family Members: BGM-109A Tomahawk, BGM-109B Tomahawk, Maritime Strike Tomahawk, Tomahawk Block II, Tomahawk Block III and Tomahawk Block V
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Description: The BGM-109 Tomahawk missile is a long range, land attack, subsonic, cruise missile launched from surface ships and submarines. The Tomahawk missiles fly at extremely low altitudes at subsonic speeds, and are piloted over an evasive route by several mission tailored guidance systems. Its propulsion system consists of a Williams International F107-WR-402 cruise turbo fan engine and a solid fuel booster. Radar detection of Tomahawk cruise missile is difficult because the missile's low radar cross section and low altitude flight. In addition F107 engine emits little heat.

The baseline Tomahawk cruise missile uses a Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM), INS and Digital Scene Matching Area Correlation (DSMAC) guidance system. Late models add a GPS capability to the guidance system. The Tomahawk can be armed with a W-80 nuclear warhead, a 1,000-pound unitary warhead and a general purpose submunition dispenser with combined effects bomblets. The Tomahawk cruise missiles are delivered to ships and submarines as an all-up-round, including the missile, the booster and the container. The missile was used for the first time in 1991 during the Desert Storm in Iraq. Since then the Tomahawk missile has been used against the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Sudan and recently Iraq during operation Iraqi Freedom (2003) with roughly 800 missiles being fired.

The Tactical Tomahawk is the latest and most advanced derivative of the Tomahawk cruise missile. It features the capability of reprogramming the missile while in-flight to attack another alternative target (flex-targeting), loitering capability over a target area for some time, battle damage assessment through on-board TV camera and production costs around a half of existing Block III missiles. The Tactical Tomahawk incorporates COTS technology to achieve the objective production costs. The Block IV missile will have a 15-year warranty and recertification cycle, compared to the Block III variant's eight-year recertification cycle.

According to MoD's sources the United Kingdom would purchase Tactical Tomahawk missiles as a follow on of the Block III purchase in the 1990s. This seems to be likely because the Tactical Tomahawk is being adapted for firing through torpedo tubes. On 21 April 2004, the UK MoD announced the purchase of 64 Tomahawk Block IV missiles worth £70 million ($125 million) to be fired from current Trafalgar class and new Astute class submarines.

On May 27, 2004, the first low-rate missiles were delivered to the US Navy achieving initial operational capability (IOC) with the loading of the first missile onboard USS Stethem (DDG-63). On August 18, 2004, the US Navy awarded Raytheon a $1.6 billion multi-year procurement contract for the purchase of 2,200 Tactical Tomahawk missiles from FY2004 through FY2008. The contract also approved full rate production. The US Navy will receive 2135 missiles worth $1.56 billion and the United Kingdom will take over the remaining 65 missiles valued at $47 million. Production work is scheduled to be complete in June 2011.

The first two launch tests of production Tomahawk Bloc IV missiles were conducted on September 16, 2004, and on September 21, 2004. The first launch was conducted at Naval Surface Warfare Center's Indian Head Division using a Tomahawk equipped with an inert warhead and flying a simulated mission. The second test was conduced by the USS Stethem (DDG-63) destroyer. The production missile was launched from the Burke-class destroyer and flew a land attack mission. These tests validated Tomahawk Block IV's rocket motor (booster), engine, guidance and navigation systems and the entire weapon.

On December 6, 2004, United Defense was awarded a $104 million, if all options are exercised, for the production and delivery of Mk 14 mod 2 canisters in support of the Tactical Tomahawk missile. Mk 14 mod 2 canisters have been specially designed to fit into Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS) aboard US Navy's destroyers and cruisers. The contract includes options for the upgrade of 688 existing Mk 14 canisters and production of 439 Mk 14 mod 2 canisters. Mk 14 mod 2 are fully compatible with the newest Tomahawk variant.

In June 2005 the US Navy reported its estimated cost for the Tactical Tomahawk program totaling $4.2 billion including production of 3,404 missiles. In February 2006 Raytheon was awarded a $14 million modification to a previously contract for 65 Tactical Tomahawk missiles for the United Kingdom. The contract provided funds to convert these 65 submarine vertical launch missiles into Tactical Tomahawk Torpedo Tube Launched (TT TTL) missiles. In March 2006 Raytheon was awarded Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile fiscal year 2006 production contract valued at $346 million. The contract includes 473 missiles for both the United States Navy and the Royal Navy to be delivered from 2006 through to 2009. Under this contract the United Kingdom was slated to take over 65 submarine torpedo tube-launched missiles. As of December 2013, the US Navy's TACTOM program decreased from 4,951 to 3,790 cruise missiles.

Tactical Tomahawk Applications

Fighting Ships Astute CG 47 (VLS) DDG 1000 Zumwalt DDG 51 Flight I DDG 51 Flight II DDG 51 Flight IIA Los Angeles Flight II Los Angeles Flight III SSGN 726 Ohio SSN 21 Seawolf SSN 23 Jimmy Carter SSN 774 Virginia Trafalgar Virginia Block II Virginia Block III Virginia Block IV Virginia Block V

Tactical Tomahawk Specifications

Diameter: 518 millimeter (20.4 inch)
Length: 6.25 meter (246 inch)
Wingspan: 2.67 meter
Max Range: 1,800 kilometer (972 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 1,008 kph (0.84 mach)
Service Life: 15 year
Warhead: 450 kilogram (992 pound)
Weight: 1,588 kilogram (3,501 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Tactical Tomahawk News

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Friday, March 27, 2020US Navy to Upgrade Tactical Tomahawk into Block V Standard and Orders 90 New Missiles
Monday, August 19, 2019US Tests Ground-Launched Cruise Missile Exceeding 500 Kilometers Range
Tuesday, October 2, 2018United States and Nato Against Russian 9M729 Hypersonic Missile Development
Tuesday, May 29, 2018Russia to Develop New Electronic Warfare Systems to Counter US Cruise Missiles
Friday, April 27, 2018US Navy Orders 100 Lot 15 Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missiles
Saturday, April 14, 2018France, UK and USA Launch 105 Cruise Missiles and GBU-38 Bombs against Syria
Friday, November 3, 2017US Navy Places Order for 196 Additional Tomahawk Block IV Missiles
Tuesday, September 12, 2017US Navy Orders Seeker to Enable Tomahawk to Hit Moving Targets at Sea
Wednesday, August 30, 2017US Navy to Develop New Seeker for Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missile
Tuesday, August 15, 2017US Navy Takes Delivery of 4,000th Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Operators & Related Equipment

United Kingdom85
First batch of 65 missiles ordered in 2007. Second batch of 20 torpedo tube launched missiles ordered in September 2014
United States of America3,790
In early 2010 the Tactical Tomahawk procurement program was increased from 3,292 to 4,740 missiles
Jan 20143,000
May 20091,300
Jun 20081,000

Grand Total 3,8752
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