'November 1, 2010 | Navy/Raytheon
The new warhead will be added to some warships in San Diego'
Defense News letter, Nov. 1, 2010
Sign on San Diego
Navy tests new "bunker buster" warhead
By Gary Robbins
Originally published October 31, 2010
Raytheon says in a news release that it worked with the Navy over the summer to successfully test a new, more powerful version of the warhead that's carried on the Tactical Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile. The warhead will enhance the ability of missile to penetrate bunkers, the company says.
The Tactical Tomahawk is already stocked on some San Diego-based warships, and the new warhead would become part of the fleet's ordnance, if follow-on testing is successful.
The test of the Joint Multi-Effects Warhead System (JMEWS) was conducted on Aug. 16 at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. The research, much of which is classified, was announced only last week. (I've been on vacation; I'm just catching up with the news.)
Capt. Dave Davison, the Navy's program manager for Tomahawk Weapons Systems, said in the same news release that, "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. This first test demonstrates that the program is on schedule and moving forward as planned."