$12.6M to Maintain & Upgrade Tactical Tomahawk Software
Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Solutions in Philadelphia, PA received a $12.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the maintenance, upgrade and development of Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System software. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($11.84 million; 99.94%) and the Government of the United Kingdom ($762,012; 0.06%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Valley Forge, PA (no word on whether the British find that bit amusing), and is expected to be complete in January 2007. This contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, MD (N00019-06-C-0300).
BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles can be launched from ships or submarines, flying low to the ground at subsonic speeds to deliver a 1,000 pound conventional warhead with extreme accuracy. The Tactical Tomahawk variant adds the capability to reprogram the missile while in-flight to strike any of 15 preprogrammed alternate targets, or redirect the missile to any Global Positioning System (GPS) target coordinates. It also is able to loiter over a target area for some hours, and with its on-board TV camera, would allow the warfighting commanders to assess battle damage of the target, and, if necessary redirect the missile to any other target. The total expected US buy is up to 2,200 missiles over a five-year cycle, for a total cost of $1.6 billion. Each missile will cost about $729,000, down from the $1.4 million each for the previous Block 3 Tomahawks.