Navy to Upgrade Tomahawk Missiles Through Contract with Lockheed

by: Matthew Potter
August 23, 2010

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The U.S. military still uses many weapon systems originally developed in the Seventies and Eighties. The fact that they can is a testament to good maintenance practices and the capability inherent in the systems to be continuously upgraded to take advantage of improvements in technology. The BGM-109 Tomahawk is a subsonic land attack cruise missile that has seen quite a bit of use especially in Desert Storm. Originally developed by General Dynamics (GD) it is now produced by Raytheon (RTN). It currently exists in ship and submarine launched versions.

In order to continue the ability to use the system the U.S. Navy has announced a contract for Lockheed Martin (LMT) worth up to $57 million. This contract is to develop new software that controls the missile. The first year of the contract has a value of a little over $16 million.

The idea of continuously improving systems like this is that the military may take advantage of their substantial investment in building the missiles over the last thirty years. This practice also allows development of countermeasures and improved performance against any new defenses developed over time.

This approach maximizes the value of existing weapon systems and their basic capabilities.

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