The test proved that the Block IV can operate with an improved, more flexible mission planning capability.
"Together with our U.S. Navy partners, we continue to modernize the Tomahawk Baseline IV weapon system to outpace threats and provide warfighters with a tactical edge," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "Tomahawk continues to be our nation's weapon of choice for long-range, precision strikes against high-value targets."
The flight test validated recent updates to the mission planning system software, enabling planners to more rapidly design dynamic missions. This was also the first significant software update to the tactical Tomahawk missile in more than five years.
The mission missile scored a direct hit on its target. These capabilities will be disseminated throughout the fleet for use in overseas contingency operations.