Raytheon tests new seeker for Tomahawk cruise missiles

Raytheon has tested a seeker for Tomahawk Block IV missiles that enables engagement of moving targets.
By Richard Tomkins  |  Jan. 14, 2016 at 12:31 PM
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TUCSON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- An active seeker that allows Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles to hit moving targets on land and sea has been tested by Raytheon.

The captive flight tests over a three-week period involved a modified Tomahawk missile nose cone mounted on a T-39 test aircraft and equipped with a seeker integrated with Raytheon's new, modular, multi-mode processor, the company said.

The aircraft flew profiles that simulated the Tomahawk flight regime, aiming at moving targets.

"Tomahawk is evolving to meet the U.S. Navy's need to add offensive punch and expand the overall power of the fleet worldwide," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "The seeker test has successfully demonstrated the superior capability and maturity of our seeker technology against a variety of targets that resemble today's threats."

Raytheon said the tests were company funded.

The surface and submarine-launched Tomahawk Block IV has a range of about 1,000 miles and is designed for long-range precision strike missions. Tomahawk missiles are integrated aboard all major U.S. surface combatants, as well as U.S. and U.K. sub-surface platforms.

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