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The first serial cruise missile Tomahawk Block V entered service with the US Navy

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The first serial modernized cruise missile Tomahawk of the latest Block V modification entered service with the American fleet... This is reported by the command of the US Navy.


According to the report, the first upgraded to a new version of the Tomahawk Block V was transferred to the US Navy on March 25, 2021. Work on the modernization of missiles is being carried out at the Raytheon Technologies corporation in Camden, Arkansas.

The Tomahawk Block V version is a modernized version of the Tomahawk Block IV rocket, on which the rocket airframe, antennas, wiring elements are repaired and partially replaced, and a new Integrated Single Box Solution data transmission equipment module is installed. An interference-free GPS GR5 receiver is also installed. The main difference between the Block V version is the new aiming head, which allows you to hit moving surface targets. Service life of "Tomahawks" after renovation - 15 years.

Tests of the Tomahawk Block V cruise missile were conducted from the USS Chafee (DDG 90) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer on December 1, 2020. The launch took place at the Barking Sands Offshore Range in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. The details of the launch were not disclosed, but the Navy said the missile would become the "long arm" of the US Navy, significantly expanding their capabilities.

The new version of the missile will again be able to hit surface moving targets at sea, just like the first versions of the Tomahawk. In the early 2000s, this version of the rocket was discontinued.

In the spring of 2020, the Pentagon signed another contract with Raytheon for the production and modernization of Tomahawk cruise missiles. The agreement, worth $ 641,3 million, includes the production of new Tomahawk Block V missiles, as well as the modernization of the previously produced Block IV missiles. At the same time, 90 million dollars were allocated for the production of 147,9 new missiles, the rest of the funds will be used for modernization. The modernization program, which started back in 2019, is designed for 15 years and should be completed by 2034.
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  1. Thrifty
    Thrifty 29 March 2021 12: 53
    -2
    So, it seems that the explosive has become there more -450 kg, the mass of the warhead is now, instead of 225 kg!
    1. The leader of the Redskins
      The leader of the Redskins 29 March 2021 12: 58
      +10
      What I wrote when the news about the beginning of work appeared - it will become of them. They will do it.
      Well, that's done ...
      1. Thrifty
        Thrifty 29 March 2021 13: 00
        -5
        Nazariy, for all its advantages, it is also subsonic, albeit of a more complex configuration, in the photo it is in a container!
        1. Kalmar
          Kalmar 29 March 2021 15: 33
          +5
          Quote: Thrifty
          with all the advantages, it is also subsonic

          She can receive an updated control center right in flight, so this is not too much of a problem. Well, such a high-speed mode allows you to provide a long range with moderate weight and dimensions.
          1. Orange bigg
            Orange bigg 29 March 2021 16: 00
            -5
            Quote: Kalmar
            Quote: Thrifty
            with all the advantages, it is also subsonic

            She can receive an updated control center right in flight, so this is not too much of a problem. Well, such a high-speed mode allows you to provide a long range with moderate weight and dimensions.


            There is nothing fundamentally new. Everything new in this case is the forgotten old.
            "Tomahawks" were put into service in 1983. A cruise missile launched from a surface ship or submarine is capable of hitting highly protected ground targets at a distance of about 1600 km (according to other sources - 2400 km). The first missile modifications made it possible to hit surface targets at a distance of up to 500 km, but in the early 2000s, this type of ammunition was discontinued.


            The Russian analogue of the Tomahawks is the Caliber family of cruise missiles. The range of destruction of surface targets is up to 700 km. There is no official information about the maximum possible distance of a ground target, but the media mentions a range from 1500 to 2000 km. According to open sources, the export version of the missiles to India was sold at $ 6,5 million per unit.

            https://flot.com/2020/%D0%A1%D1%88%D0%B018/
            1. Kalmar
              Kalmar 29 March 2021 16: 17
              +9
              Quote: OrangeBigg
              There is nothing fundamentally new. Everything new in this case is the forgotten old.

              How to say. The first version of TASM was rather "stupid": a fairly simple RGSN, the flight task was set only before launch. As a result, difficulties arose when launching at long ranges: the target had time to go beyond the field of view of the seeker. Block V has "grown wiser" in this regard: a multi-mode seeker has appeared, the control system can be specified in flight, etc. There are really no breakthrough solutions here, just a systematic evolutionary development that allows (in theory, at least) to effectively use the missile against surface targets even at very long ranges (much more than that of the original TASM).
            2. mvg
              mvg 29 March 2021 20: 16
              0
              the export version of the missiles to India was sold at $ 6,5 million per unit

              Is there a difference of 90 pieces for $ 147 million ?? fit into their price range.
              PS: Seriously, what about the 3M54 hitting 700 km ?? wink Export for 300, and "native" for 700? Oh well
              1. Avior
                Avior April 1 2021 01: 44
                +1
                export in any case no more than 30 under the terms of the non-proliferation agreement.
                As for the 700 km anti-ship missile, the TASM Tomahawk version also had a much shorter range than the conventional land-based version. Associated with the ability to search for a target, as I understand it
                1. mvg
                  mvg April 2 2021 23: 18
                  -1
                  Associated with the ability to find a target, as I understand

                  The "snake" maneuver in the final section was unlikely to "eat" 2/3 of the range of the KR Ax. Rather, it was pointless to fly 1500 km for an hour and a half, hoping that the ship had not left yet.
            3. Zaurbek
              Zaurbek 30 March 2021 08: 23
              0
              They should add the option to search for targets in a given area ...
      2. Orange bigg
        Orange bigg 29 March 2021 15: 23
        -11%
        Quote: Leader of the Redskins
        What I wrote when the news about the beginning of work appeared - it will become of them. They will do it.
        Well, that's done ...


        Our KR Caliber is catching up on capabilities.
        the multipurpose nuclear submarine Severodvinsk (Project 885 Ash) is also armed with Caliber cruise missiles, but of a different caliber - capable of carrying a warhead already for 2 kilometers. The fact is that the "Caliber" has a multivariate combat equipment. With an increase in the charge and speed, the flight range decreases slightly. But the accuracy remains the same - from two thousand kilometers it hits a target with a radius of 500-3 meters.

        “It was for the purpose of unifying weapons systems that the Kalibr rocket was created at the Novator Design Bureau as a universal one,” says Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (AST). - In the early 90s, a whole family of guided missiles was developed, intended for deployment on surface warships, submarines, attack aircraft and ground complexes. The development was based on the Granat strategic cruise missile, which was used to arm nuclear submarines. These are integrated missiles that can be used in every conceivable way. And their comparison with the American "Tomahawks" is not entirely correct - the "Caliber" is an order of magnitude more modern and more effective than the US cruise missiles. "

        For example, the aviation version of the complex - "Caliber-A" is designed to defeat stationary and inactive ground and sea targets in simple and difficult weather conditions day and night. Three of these missiles are suspended on the Su-35 strike fighter, but the option of placing such missiles on other types of aircraft is envisaged - to increase the power of destruction of ground targets, including radar stations.

        All Kalibr missiles are unified in most of the units, but there are some differences. Unlike the basic sea and land-based options, the missiles of the aviation complex are not equipped with starting solid-fuel engines - they are simply dropped like bombs, and only then the sustainer engines are turned on. The onboard control complex for all missiles is based on an autonomous inertial navigation system. Guidance on the final section of the trajectory is carried out using anti-jamming active radar homing heads. The missile control complex includes a radio altimeter, and an additional receiver for signals from a space navigation system is installed on the aviation one.




        "Sea" missiles "Caliber" ensure the defeat of surface single and group targets - cruisers, destroyers, landing ships in conditions of electronic countermeasures. For the destruction of an aircraft carrier of the "Nimitz" type, for example, 3-4 accurate hits are required. The combat use of missiles is provided in any area of ​​the World Ocean at any time of the day or year, in almost any weather conditions. Their flight takes place along a pre-laid route in accordance with intelligence data regarding the position of the target and the availability of air defense means.

        https://tvzvezda.ru/news/201509280843-qwy2.htm
        1. Kalmar
          Kalmar 29 March 2021 15: 41
          +8
          Quote: OrangeBigg
          Our KR Caliber is catching up on capabilities.

          It is not very clear how this conclusion came from the quoted note.
        2. mvg
          mvg 29 March 2021 22: 13
          +4
          For example, the aviation version of the complex - "Caliber-A" is designed to defeat stationary and inactive ground and sea targets in simple and difficult weather conditions day and night. Three of these missiles are suspended on the Su-35 strike fighter, but the option of placing such missiles on other types of aircraft is envisaged - to increase the power of destruction of ground targets, including radar stations.

          Reading and watching TV Star's "news" is bad form. Better to read Speed-Info. There is more accurate information. There is no Caliber-A ... these are fairy tales, and about 2500 km too .. As well as 700 km Caliber-M
    2. Flooding
      Flooding 29 March 2021 13: 06
      +7
      Quote: Thrifty
      So, it seems that the explosive has become there more -450 kg, the mass of the warhead is now, instead of 225 kg!

      Strange, but they did not write anything about the fact that the modernization plans suggest two options:
      - Block Va (designation RGM-109E / UGM-109E) variant of the Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST), equipped with a new multi-channel guidance system for the possibility of hitting surface targets
      - Block Vb (designation RGM-109M / UGM-109M) missiles will retain their main purpose for engaging ground targets and will be equipped with a new penetrating warhead Joint Multiple Effects Warhead System (JMEWS). JMEWS combines a HEAT precharge with a penetrating warhead.
    3. Avior
      Avior 29 March 2021 13: 10
      +10
      No, 225 is Harpoon, Tomahawk always had 450 kg
  2. Petio
    Petio 29 March 2021 13: 01
    -6
    I think the caliber does not sit still either. Are being finalized
    1. Alex777
      Alex777 29 March 2021 17: 07
      0
      I think the caliber does not sit still either. Are being finalized

      Yes, there was talk about an extended-range Caliber-M. hi
  3. xorek
    xorek 29 March 2021 13: 03
    -9
    Who will be tested on? Again in Syria .. Well let's check hi
    Although they are afraid, they will bomb Afghanistan or Libya ..
    1. Lech from Android.
      Lech from Android. 29 March 2021 13: 08
      -12%
      It would be nice to drop a new copy in Syria and send it to our design bureaus for research.
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 29 March 2021 13: 32
    -8
    The first serial cruise missile Tomahawk Block V entered service with the US Navy
    A new, old rocket ... a serious weapon, and even the number of rivets is not small ... and now what?
    "Katz" offers to surrender? "
    1. Kalmar
      Kalmar 29 March 2021 15: 36
      +5
      Quote: rocket757
      so what now?
      "Katz" offers to surrender? "

      In an amicable way, this should be a signal for the Navy that it is necessary to take a more serious approach in the issue of air defense of surface ships. Let's say that the mess that was made with the project 20380 (5,6) is simply unacceptable.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 29 March 2021 15: 44
        0
        We have a lot where it is necessary more seriously, more thoroughly, and even with everything differently!
        I do not want to smear everything, in a thin layer, the approach must be complex, systemic, otherwise it cannot be solved.
        1. Kalmar
          Kalmar 29 March 2021 15: 54
          +3
          Quote: rocket757
          We have a lot where it is necessary more seriously, more thoroughly, and even with everything differently!

          Of course, but we just don't like it like that. It is imperative that a roasted rooster pecks - that, perhaps, the appearance of a new "tomahawk" will play a similar role. At least you can dream))
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 29 March 2021 15: 59
            0
            Yes, we also do not mind that everything would be calm, according to plan, but ... it is due to circumstances, unfortunately.
  5. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 29 March 2021 14: 11
    +1
    Well done and well done. We do not want tea to fight with them.
    I remembered the reaction of my leading engineer at the research institute (we were making a new "three hundred" at that time) to the new wunderwolf, which had no analogue in the world, on the TV - "from this that more oil will appear in our store?" (It was the beginning of the 90s, the shortage of food has not yet been forgotten).
    Although, those who are in the "raeton" near the money cranks, probably the layer of butter on the sandwich will become thicker.