NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy and Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) will highlight several significant milestones for the Tomahawk cruise missile at the 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
"The government and our industry partners should be proud of the continued successes of Tomahawk including the 2,000th combat expenditure and the 500th flight test launch in 2011," said Captain Joe Mauser, the U.S. Navy's Tomahawk Weapons System program manager. "Tomahawk offers commanders unmatched precision, reliability and capability."
Other milestones in 2011 included launching Tomahawk from an SSGN submarine for the first time during combat operations and the qualification of the U.K. Royal Navy's Astute-class submarines.
"The more than 370 Raytheon employees who build Tomahawk and support its depot are committed to the weapon's reliability because they understand Tomahawk's vital role in the security of the U.S. and its allies," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Air Warfare Systems. "It is safe to say that no other tactical cruise missile in the world can come close to matching Tomahawk's reliability, accuracy or track record."
About the Tomahawk Block IV
With a range of more than 1,200 kilometers (1,000 statute miles), the Tomahawk Block IV 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, like integrated air defense systems.
Tomahawk Block IV employs a two-way satellite datalink 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.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 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 71,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.
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