Raytheon Delivers 1,000th Tomahawk Block IV Cruise Missile to U.S. Navy
TUCSON, Ariz., June 12, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) achieved a significant production milestone with the delivery of the 1,000th Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile to the U.S. Navy.
"Tomahawk Block IV provides the Navy with an array of enhanced capabilities to support land-based operations in the global war on terror and across the spectrum of warfare," said Capt. Rick McQueen, the U.S. Navy's program manager for the Tomahawk weapon system. "The Navy's receipt of this 1,000th Tomahawk Block IV builds on a legacy of providing the commander with a powerful weapon to shape the battlespace."
Tomahawk Block IV's innovative technologies provide an expanded array of operational capabilities while dramatically reducing acquisition, operations and support costs. Tomahawk Block IV employs a two-way satellite data link that enables a strike controller to flex the missile in flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or redirect it to a new target. This targeting flexibility includes the capability to loiter over the battlefield and await a more critical target.
"The Tomahawk program continues to evolve to provide the U.S. Navy with the capability to project precision firepower across the breadth and depth of the battlespace," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon's Air Warfare Systems product line. "The delivery of the 1,000th Tomahawk Block IV missile builds on Raytheon's continued leadership in providing the warfighter with innovative systems that set the standard in precision strike capabilities."
Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.
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The Tomahawk Block IV was first delivered to the fleet in May 2004. Tomahawk Block IV builds on the legacy of the Tomahawk Block III missile that has been used more than 1,900 times in combat. Its combat-proven legacy includes Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
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