Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed the first demonstration test flight (DT-0) of the Raytheon-produced Tactical Tomahawk at the Naval Air Systems Command sea range near Point Mugu, Calif. This landmark flight test demonstrated new tactical capabilities for the Navy’s next generation long-range precision strike weapon.
DT-0 demonstrated all pre-launch and in-flight missile functionality.
Launched from a vertical ground launcher, the Tactical Tomahawk successfully met all test objectives that included missile performance from pre-flight initialisation through simulated attack; demonstration of all flight modes, terminal maneuvers, variable dive angles and fusing function; and demonstration of two-way satellite communication, en route mission flex and GPS/Digital Scene Matching Area Correlation (DSMAC) navigation.
Tomahawk, the surface- and submarine-launched, precision strike standoff weapon, is the Navy’s weapon of choice for critical, long-range precision strike missions against high value, heavily defended targets.
Tactical Tomahawk will incorporate innovative technologies to provide new operational capabilities while dramatically reducing acquisition and life cycle costs. Scheduled for fleet introduction in 2004, the Tactical Tomahawk will cost less than half of a newly built Block III missile and will have the capability to respond to changing battlefield conditions through the use of its loiter and mission flex features.