Raytheon is awarded a contract to develop new warhead for Tomahawk

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Raytheon Missile Systems Inc. is awarded a $90,421,317 contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Joint Multiple Effects Warhead System (JMEWS) for Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile on 27th February, U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has announced. The EMD effort includes the design, integration, test and evaluation of the JMEWS.

The JMEWS program is the new warhead for the Tomahawk Block tactical cruise missile which offers to expand the land target set that the Tomahawk missile is capable of defeating, by combining the blast and fragmentation capabilities of the current warhead with a new penetration capability and improved mission planning.

JMEWS will also be compliant with insensitive munitions requirements to improve safety during transportation and storage on land and aboard ships and submarines.

The first JMEWS weapons completed testing in 2010.

This contract funds the design, integration, test and evaluation for the program, 79 percent of which will take place at Raytheon’s Tucson, Ariz., worksite.

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