US Navy and Raytheon Demonstrate Synthetic Guidance Technology with Tomahawk Missile
Established in 1922, the Raytheon Company is a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics. Until early 2007, it was involved in corporate and special mission aircrafts and is currently the world’s largest producer of guided missiles.
At the end of last month, a synthetically guided Tomahawk cruise missile successfully hit its first moving maritime target after being launched from the USS Kidd (DDG 100) off San Nicolas Island in California. This accomplishment “demonstrates the viability of long-range communications for position updates of moving targets. This success further demonstrates the existing capability of Tomahawk as a netted weapon, and in doing so, extends its reach beyond fixed and re-locatable points to moving targets,” said Capt. Joe Mauser, Tomahawk Weapons System (PMA-280) program manager.
The Tomahawk weapons system is the U.S. Navy’s precision strike standoff weapon for long- and medium-range attack of tactical targets. The Navy is currently fielding Tomahawk Block IV weapons on surface and sub-surface platforms across the globe.
Currently, the Raytheon Company has over 63,000 employees worldwide and consistently reports annual revenues of approximately US$25 billion. More than 90% of Raytheon's revenues were obtained from military contracts and, as of 2012, it was the fifth-largest military contractor in the world. It is also the fourth-largest defense contractor in the United States by revenue.
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