A test conducted by the United States Navy and Raytheon Company found that a Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile can successfully take a reconnaissance photo and re-target during its flight.
The test involved a missile being launched from USS Gridley, a guided missile destroyer. It then used its onboard camera to capture battle damage indication imagery, which transmitted the data to fleet headquarters via a two-way UHF SATCOM datalink. The missile then began a repetitive pattern as it awaited further instructions.
Once the images were collected at the headquarters, the missile was retargeted to a point on their range on San Nicolas Island. The impact was a direct hit, as it dove straight down into the ground. Other findings from the test show they can redirect multiple missiles at the same time.
When it comes to blowing things up as precisely as possible, nothing can compare to Raytheon’s Tomahawk missile. It has no weaknesses and has a track record of nothing but success.
"We have once again proven the flexibility and utility of the Tomahawk Block IV missile, which has an unprecedented record of reliability and combat success." said Dave Adams, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director. “Tomahawk continues to be the weapon of choice for combatant commanders requiring very long range, precision strike, with the flexibility to loiter and re-direct after launch. No other weapon has this capability."
Over seventy-five successful test of the Tomahawk have taken place over the past ten years. It has been used in combat more than 2,000 times since it was first introduced. It remains the weapon of choice for the United States and the United Kingdom for defeating air defense systems and striking mobile targets.
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