Raytheon to deliver Tomahawk missiles and spares to Royal, US Navy under $303M deal

A Tomahawk cruise missile being loaded onto a U.S: Navy submarine. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon a $303.7 million contract for the the delivery of 214 Tomahawk block IV all-up-round vertical launch system missiles and spares.

Apart from the U.S. Navy, spares will be delivered to the UK government and the Royal Navy under the foreign military sales program.

Raytheon is expected to complete the work under the contract by August 2018.

The Tomahawk missile is an all-weather, long range, subsonic cruise missile used for land attack warfare, launched from U. S. Navy surface ships and U.S. Navy and Royal Navy submarines.

The cruise missiles are designed to fly at extremely low altitudes at high subsonic speeds, and are piloted by several mission tailored guidance systems.

In 1995 the governments of the United States and United Kingdom signed a foreign military sales agreement for the acquisition of 65 missiles, marking the first sale of Tomahawk to a foreign country.

The latest use of Tomahawk missiles took place this year in the Bab el Mandab Strait when USS Nitze used the missile to destroy Houthi rebel positions in Yemen after after they repeatedly targeted U.S. Navy ships with anti-ship missiles.

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