Raytheon Missile Systems engineers are evaluating potential modifications to an active seeker array that, based on successful flight-testing last December, enables the long-range Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile to hit mobile land- and sea-based targets.
Raytheon conducted the company-funded testing over a three-week period to evaluate the ability of the new seeker, integrated with a multimode processor and installed in a Tomahawk nose cone on board a test aircraft, to acquire hard-to-hit mobile targets.
The tests were carried out in conjunction with a recertification of a number of Tomahawks at the 15-year point in their 30-year operational lives. An initial round of tests against land-based mobile targets was held near the company’s Tucson, Arizona, facility.
Following the land-target tests, the seeker was tested against several ship types off San Diego, including Navy 3rd Fleet ships, commercial vessels, and a small fishing boat.
The company conducted more than 100 of the test runs against mobile targets at a range of altitudes and angles, with the seeker operating for more than 48 hours.