Surface and submarinelaunched
Long-range precision strike
Tomahawk Cruise Missile
Tomahawk Land Attack Missile
Continuing to provideprecision strike superioritywhile evolving to meetthe U.S.warfighter’s needs.
is the U.S.Navy’ssurface- and submarine-launched,precisionstrike long-range stand-offweapon.At launch,a solid-propellantrocket motor acceleratesthe missileuntil the cruise enginetakes over for the remainingportion ofthe flight.Radardetection is difficult because ofthemissile’s small size and low altitudeflight,which ensure high proba-bility ofsurvival en route to highly defended targets.Tomahawkislaunched vertically from surfaceships and both vertically andhorizontally from submarines.Tomahawk has played a crucialrole in numerous theater opera-tions,beginning with OperationDesert Storm and most recently during Operation IraqiFreedom,with over 1900Tomahawk missiles being used.
It has become the Navy’s combatproven “weapon ofchoice”forcritical long-range,precisionstrike misions against high-value,heavily defended and politically sensitive targets.
Block III Tomahawk utilizeshighlyintegrated GlobalPositioning Systemand InertialNavigation System (GPS/INS)guidance coupledwith a digitalscene matching system (DSMAC)and terrain contour matching(TERCOM) for highest end-gameaccuracy.GPS-only missionsprovide for very short missionplanning response time.For targetflexibilityand lethality,Block IIIhas two warhead variants:a1000-pound class reactive caseblast/frag unitary warhead and asubmunition dispenser with 166Combined Effect Bomblets (CEBs).
Block IV Tomahawk (TacticalTomahawk) is the next genera-tionofthe Tomahawk family of cruise missiles,incorporatinginnovative technologies to pro-videnew operational capabili-ties while dramatically reducingacquisition,operations andsupport costs.The new capabilities that BlockIVbrings to the tactical battle-field derive from the missile’stwo-way satellite data link.Thestrike controller can flex themissile in flight up to 15 pre-programmed alternative targetsor redirect it to a new target.This targeting flexibility includes the ability to loiter overthe battlefield awaitinganassignment to a time criticaltarget.The missile can alsotransmit Battle DamageIndication (BDI) imagery andmissile health and statusmessages via the satellite datalink.For the first time,firingplatforms have the capability toplan and execute GPS-only missions using the TacticalTomahawk Weapon ControlSystem (TTWCS).Block IV alsointroduced a state-of-the-arthigh anti-jam GPS receiver forimproved mission performance.Additionally,its modulardesign allows for easy integra-tion offuture payload candi-dates as demonstrated duringthe Tactical TomahawkPenetrator Variant AdvancedConcept Technology Demonstration (ACTD).