Navy set to begin installing Tomahawk software

The Navy today approved Lockheed Martin Corp.'s advanced Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System for initial use. The service will start installing the software this month on ships.

For the past several years, Lockheed Martin has been developing the software to connect the Navy's next-generation cruise missiles to TTWCS.

The control system is integrated with each ship's navigation, communications, situational awareness and launch systems so that shipboard crews can use the software to calculate a missile's route to a target.

The software will let a command and control node redirect next-generation Tactical Tomahawk missiles to new targets while in flight, officials said. Ship crews can also use the system to launch the current missiles. The Navy will deploy the next-generation missiles later this year.

The TTWCS contract, won by Lockheed Martin in May 1999, runs through 2008 and is expected to be worth $140 million.

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