US Navy Confirms Tomahawk Block V Designation

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On January 28, the U.S. Navy confirmed the Block V designation for the next variant of the Tomahawk cruise missile. The mid-life recertification of the Block IV Tactical Tomahawk and its modernization program began at the start of FY 2019. IHS Jane’s reports that the goal of the Tomahawk’s modernization is to “replace and recertify life-limited components allowing an additional 15 years of service life.” The new Block V will introduce the antiship Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) sub-variant and Joint Multiple Effects Warhead System (JMEWS) upgrades.