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USN orders more Tomahawks
The USN will receive more Block V Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) All Up Round Vertical Launch System missiles from Raytheon, under a $28.76 million contract modification announced on 17 March.
This follows a $145.1 million contract modification in December 2020.
Work on producing an undisclosed number of Lot 17 missiles will be performed at multiple US locations, Canada and the UK, and is expected to be completed in December 2023.
Tomahawk is a tactical land-attack cruise missile that can be fired from surface platforms or submarines and aircraft. It is primarily used by the USN and the UK RN.
TACTOM has a 30-year service life with a 15-year deployment and recertification cycle, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
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