Raytheon Gets $34.3M Order to Recertify 172 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles
Raytheon in Tucson, AZ received a $34.3 million order on a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0001) for the full recertification of up to 172 All-Up-Round (AUR) BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles for the US Navy (162) and the government of the United Kingdom (10). All-Up Rounds are missiles encased in a container that is ready to fire.
For recertification, the missiles are returned to the depot for overhaul. Approximately 250 Tomahawk missiles per year are recertified at a cost of $180,000 per missile.
The Tomahawk land attack missile (TLAM) is an all-weather, long range, subsonic cruise missile used for land attack warfare, launched from US Navy surface ships and US Navy and Royal Navy submarines.
The Tomahawk can carry a nuclear or conventional payload. The conventional, land-attack unitary variant carries a 1,000-pound-class warhead (TLAM-C) while the submunitions dispenser variant carries 166 combined-effects bomblets (TLAM-D). The Block III version incorporates engine improvements, an insensitive extended range warhead, time-of-arrival control and navigation capability using Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator (DSMAC) and GPS, which increase terminal accuracy.
Block IV Tomahawk is the next generation of the Tomahawk family of cruise missiles, which began in the 1980s as nuclear strike weapons before being turned into long-range conventional attack missiles. Block IV is the latest variant, incorporating technologies to provide new, flexible operational capability while reducing acquisition, operations and lifecycle support costs. Raytheon began delivering upgraded Block IV missiles to the US Navy in mid-2004.
Raytheon will perform the work under the task order in Tucson, AZ (80%) and Camden, AR (20%). Contract funds in the amount of $32.3 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the US Navy ($32.3 million; 94.3%) and the United Kingdom ($1.96 million; 5.7%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the contract.