US Navy awards first multi-service contract for Tomahawk weapon system

The US Navy has awarded a contract to missile manufacturer Raytheon Missile Systems for the delivery of 154 Tomahawk missile systems to the US Navy, US Marine Corps, and US Army.

Under a $217.1 million contract received on 24 May, the company is to deliver the weapon system by 2025.

The Full Rate Production (FRP) contract, Lot 18, marks the first multi-service procurement for Tomahawk, which further expands integration into new firing platforms for the US Marine Corps and Army.

Courtesy of: US Navy

“This is a major accomplishment for the program as we move forward into a new era for the Tomahawk Missile System,” said Capt. John Red, Tomahawk Weapons System program manager (PMA-280). 

“We look forward to delivering this capability not only to the fleet, but to our Marines and Soldiers around the globe.”

The Tomahawk program office used Economy Act 31 USC 1535 and 1536 which allows one agency to obtain goods with another agency under certain circumstances.

Congress passed this act in 1932 to obtain economies of scale and eliminate overlapping activities of the federal government, according to US Department of Defence (DoD) financial management regulations.

The US Marine Corps is developing and fielding a ground based Tomahawk launcher. This contract includes the procurement of missiles to support the stand-up of the new units.

PMA-280 worked closely with the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) to execute the contract in an effort to deliver the missiles on an accelerated schedule.

“The Army is leveraging PMA-280’s ongoing modernization efforts, investment strategies, and joint test events for its Mid-Range Capability program, a system that is on track to be delivered to its first Army unit in FY23,” the officials noted.

FRP Lot 18 will be in the Block V configuration which features a NAV/COMMS upgrade that maintains the capability for in-flight updates and improved navigation.

Future Block V capabilities will include the Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant and the Joint Multiple Effects Warhead System (JMEWS). 

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