US Navy Launches Tomahawk Block IV from Virginia Class Submarine


Released on Tuesday, October 21, 2008
United States of America
Tactical Tomahawk
Virginia Block II
US - United States
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE TEST RANGE, Fla., Oct. 21, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- A U.S. Navy Virginia class submarine fired a Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Tomahawk Block IV missile from the Gulf of Mexico to engage a simulated target.

The flight completes the integration of the Tomahawk cruise missile onto the Navy's newest fast-attack submarine, adding another platform to the list of combatant vessels that can carry the combat-proven weapon.

"Integration of the Tomahawk Block IV on the Virginia class submarine provides the fleet with a powerful combination of delivering Special Operations Forces and supporting them with the power and precision of the Tomahawk missile," said Capt. Rick McQueen, the U.S. Navy's program manager for the Tomahawk weapon system. "The Tomahawk currently is used very effectively in the global war on terror. The fleet now has the ability to expand the prosecution of this mission with increased stealth, flexibility and precision firepower."

Tomahawk Block IV is a surface- and submarine-launched precision strike stand-off weapon. It is designed for long-range precision strike missions against high-value and heavily defended targets.

"This test highlights a successful integration effort that provides all the capabilities of the Tomahawk missile on Navy platforms that include destroyers, cruisers, fast-attack and guided-missile boats," said Gary Hagedon, Raytheon's Tomahawk program director.

Source: U.S. Navy Launches Raytheon Tomahawk Block IV From Virginia Class Submarine

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