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Raytheon tests new moving target seeker for Block IV Tomahawk missile

14 October 2013

The US Navy will begin upgrading its inventory of Block IV Tomahawk cruise missiles in 2017 with a new seeker capable of locating and tracking fixed and moving radar-emitting targets.

The US Navy will install a new ESM seeker onto the Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile beginning in 2017. The Block IV will sustain fleet inventories until 2045. (US Navy)The US Navy will install a new ESM seeker onto the Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile beginning in 2017. The Block IV will sustain fleet inventories until 2045. (US Navy)

The electronic support measures (ESM) seeker is part of a new product improvement programme for the missile that also includes a two-way satellite datalink to enable a strike controller to redirect the missile in-flight to pre-programmed alternate targets or more critical targets, Raytheon said in an early October announcement.

Raytheon's ESM seeker capability was validated in a realistic, high-density environment after seven months of testing in anechoic chambers, Raytheon said.



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