The Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS) provides an interoperable foundation for 21st century Joint Warfare Operations. TTWCS is one of three major components that comprise the Tomahawk Weapons System, an unprecedented war fighting capability that provides the U.S. Navy with high volume offensive strike firepower across many classes of combatant ships.
Integrated with the ship's navigation, communication, situational awareness and launch systems, TTWCS computes the missile's route to strike targets. The system also provides the capability to plan new missions aboard the launch platform and communicate with multiple Tomahawks to rapidly retarget and redirect the missiles in flight.
Since being awarded the initial development contract in 1999., Lockheed Martin has supported all versions of the Tomahawk Weapons Control System. TTWCS achieved Initial Operational Capability in 2004 under a prime contract with Lockheed Martin. Since that time Lockheed Martin continues to bring its extensive systems engineering, software development and hardware production expertise to improve the flexibility, add new capabilities and provide upgrades of TTWCS to existing fleet users. Further upgrades to address interoperability, obsolescence and new platform requirements are underway.
Ship classes programmed for the Tomahawk capability include all Navy cruisers, all Navy destroyers and all attack and guided missiles class submarines. Integration of the Tomahawk Weapons System with these various launch platforms provides the fleet with an enhanced capability to satisfy the Navy's vision elicited in Sea Power 21, specifically the Sea Strike pillar. Additionally, the Tomahawk Weapons System provides the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy the same firepower capability to its Astute and Trafalgar class submarines under a Foreign Military Sales program.
As part of the Tomahawk System Development Activity, Lockheed Martin, together with Navy labs in Dahlgren, Va., Newport, R.I., and Port Hueneme, Calif., helps maintain current fleet released products and develops new products that address emerging fleet priorities.