Navy, Raytheon tests new “bunker buster” warhead

Photo: NAVY/RAYTHEON The U.S. Navy completed the first live test…

Photo: NAVY/RAYTHEON

The U.S. Navy completed the first live test of the Joint Multi-Effects Warhead System (JMEWS), meeting all performance objectives for the new warhead for the Tomahawk Block IV tactical cruise missile.

The JMEWS program is designed to deliver a warhead that will give the Tactical Tomahawk Land-Attack Missile all of the same blast-fragmentation capabilities that make it a formidable weapon today and to introduce enhanced penetration capabilities into a single warhead.

“This static test of the JMEWS program brings this powerful capability one step closer to potential integration into the Tactical Tomahawk Block IV missile, delivering enhanced capabilities to the operationally proven system,” said Captain Dave Davison, the U.S. Navy’s program manager for the Tomahawk Weapon System. “This first test demonstrates that the program is on schedule and moving forward as planned.”

During the August 16 test, the warhead detonated, creating a hole large enough for the follow-through element to completely penetrate the concrete target and pass through two witness plates.

“The future of the Tomahawk Block IV missile includes a series of affordable enhancements to make the system more capable for the warfighter,” said Gary Hagedon, Raytheon’s Tomahawk program director. “JMEWS is the first of the planned system enhancements, and this test demonstrates that we have the right team in place to deliver these capabilities.”

Source: Raytheon

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