Rugged complex wiring harnesses for Tactical Tomahawk cruise missiles to be provided by LaBarge
ST. LOUIS, 24 March 2011. Electronics contract manufacturer LaBarge Inc. in St. Louis will continue providing rugged complex wiring harnesses for the Raytheon Tactical Tomahawk ship- and submarine-launched cruise missile under terms of a $4.5 million contract announced today from the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz. The Tomahawk missile has had a particularly high profile in the news lately, as U.S. forces launched 112 of these smart satellite-guided munitions worth as much as $168 million at Libya on the first day of military operations against that North African country on March 19.
The latest version of Tactical Tomahawk has network-centric warfare-capabilities, in that it not only can use data from several sensors aboard aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, satellites, infantry soldiers, armored combat vehicles, and surface warships to locate and attack its target, but also can send data from its own sensors to these distributed sensors.
The newest Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile uses a TV-camera to observe its area of operations, and loiter over and near battlefields to enable commanders on the scene to order attacks or redirect these smart munitions to other targets. Commanders can reprogram Tactical Tomahawk in flight to attack one of as many as 16 pre-designated targets with Global Positioning System coordinates stored in its memory.