Naval Weapons

Continuing Resolution impacts Maritime Strike Tomahawk schedule

21 May 2018

Delays attributed to the US government’s fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) Continuing Resolution mean that initial operational capability (IOC) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) missile will slip into the third quarter of FY 2022, documentation released by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has revealed.

The MST programme is intended to provide a number of modernised Tactical Tomahawk Block IV land attack cruise missiles with an organic capability to prosecute moving maritime targets. The embodiment, which will be undertaken as part of a forthcoming missile recertification programme, includes a new multi-mode seeker, a processor to manage all modes, associated software, and an additional Inertial Measurement Unit to support missile terminal manoeuvres.

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