Naval Weapons

Raytheon evaluates seeker options for Maritime Strike Tomahawk

31 January 2017

Key Points

  • The US Navy plans that the Maritime Strike Tomahawk will introduce an anti-ship seeker
  • The upgrade will provide in-flight terminal guidance for Tomahawk Block IV against moving maritime targets

Raytheon Missile Systems is exploring seeker options to meet the requirements of the US Navy's (USN's) Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) programme, with a dual-mode sensor emerging as the most likely choice.

Intended as an upgrade for existing Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles, the USN plans that the MST package will introduce an anti-ship seeker to enter service in fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022). The modernisation is being planned in parallel with a forthcoming missile recertification programme.

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