Raytheon demonstrates new seeker technology for Tomahawk Block IV missile
Advanced Electronic Support Measure seeker provides greater capability,
POINT LOMA, Calif., Oct. 7, 2013
POINT LOMA, Calif., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
completed a successful field test of an advanced Electronic Support Measure
(ESM) seeker installed in a Block IV Tomahawk missile as part of the company's
new product improvement program.
The ESM seeker incorporates a state-of-the-art processor and antenna to locate
and track moving and fixed emitting targets. The seeker's capability was
validated in a realistic high-density environment after seven months of
testing in anechoic chambers.
"This new moving target capability would enhance Tomahawk's already
exceptional land attack mode capability by allowing it to engage moving
targets on land," said Roy Donelson, Tomahawk program director for Raytheon
Missile Systems. "We believe this evolution would align with DOD's vision of
increasing capability while maintaining development costs."
Raytheon continues to work with the U.S. Navy to evaluate Tomahawk's technical
and operational capabilities, while using cost-efficient manufacturing
processes. A major enhancement introduced with the Tomahawk Block IV missile
includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables a strike controller to
redirect the missile in-flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or more
"Raytheon is providing the U.S. Navy with a missile that can evolve its
capability," Donelson continued. "Tomahawk is an open architecture 'truck'
capable of integrating payloads and sensors that have high technology
The new multi-mode seeker technology would allow the Navy's Surface Action
Group to fire Tomahawks from sanctuary and defeat mobile threats at long
About Tomahawk Block IV
With a range of approximately 1,000 statute miles, the Tomahawk Block IV
missile is a surface- and submarine-launched precision strike stand-off
weapon. Tomahawk is designed for long-range precision strike missions against
high-value and heavily defended targets. More than 2,000 Tomahawks have been
employed in combat. Tomahawk is integrated on all major U.S. surface
combatants, as well as U.S. and U.K. sub-surface platforms, including the Los
Angeles, Virginia, Ohio, Astute and Trafalgar-class submarines.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning 91 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. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham,
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