US Navy Orders more Tactical Tomahawk Missiles


Released on Wednesday, January 29, 2003
New Zealand
Javelin Block 0
Tactical Tomahawk
CLU - Command Launch Unit
The US Navy awarded Raytheon a $225 million modification to a previously awarded fixed price incentive contract for the production of additional 164 Tactical Tomahawk all-up round missiles.

Production of these additional Tactical Tomahawk missiles is scheduled to be completed by August 2005.

Tomahawk, the surface-launched and submarine-launched, is the Navy's weapon of choice for long-range precision strike missions against high value, heavily defended targets.

Tactical Tomahawk will incorporate innovate technologies to provide new operational capabilities while reducing acquisition and life cycle costs.

This missile is scheduled for fleet introduction in 2004.

Tactical Tomahawk will cost less than half of a new built Block III missile and will have the capability to respond to changing battlefield conditions through the use of its loiter and mission flexibility features.

Also related to the Raytheon Company is New Zealand's Army selection of Javelin missile to meet its medium range anti-armor weapon capability.

The number of Command Launch Units CLU, missile quantities, associated equipment, training and spares are yet to be determined.

New Zealand intends to introduce Javelin anti-armor weapon system into service in 2004, to coincide with Light Armored Vehicle introduction.

Javelin weapon system could be used in peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations involving New Zealand.

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