Naval Weapons

USN conducts first Tomahawk missile launch from the VPT

21 July 2017

Key Points

  • The test examined the impact of a launch on submarine systems
  • By adding the VPT a Block III-class sub will increase its missile capacity

The US Navy (USN) has demonstrated the ability to carry and launch Tomahawk cruise missiles from a Block III Virginia-class submarine fitted with the new Virginia Payload Tube (VPT).

The test, which took place in the Gulf of Mexico, near Florida, saw the USN fire two of the Raytheon cruise missiles from USS North Dakota (SSN 784). This is the first time the navy has employed Tomahawk missiles from a VPT.

Raytheon announced the tests on 18 July.

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