Tomahawk recertification/modernisation line starts ramp up

24 January 2020

The US Navy is planning to begin fielding the modernised and recertified Tomahawk Block V cruise missile from 2021, with the Block Va Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant to debut two years later, according to the Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR's) programme manager.

Stood up in fiscal year (FY) 2019, the mid-life recertification programme, which is being performed by original equipment manufacturer Raytheon Missile Systems, replaces and recertifies life-limited components on existing Tomahawk Block IV missiles to allow an additional 15 years of service life. The recertified missiles, receiving the designation Block V, also embody an upgraded navigation/communication (NAV/COMMs) package as a baseline capability.

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