TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILE UNVEILED AT NAVY MUSEUM'S OPERATION DESERT STORM EXHIBITION IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- A Tomahawk cruise missile airframe, donated by McDonnell Douglas, was unveiled at the U.S. Navy Museum's Operation Desert Storm exhibition in ceremonies today at the Navy Museum in Washington, D.C. Z.J. "Ski" Kowalskey Jr., vice president and general manager of the Tomahawk program at McDonnell Douglas, presented the Tomahawk airframe to Claudia L. Pennington, the director of the Navy Museum. "The sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missile's attacks on Iraqi positions during Operation Desert Storm encapsulates the Navy's contribution in achieving victory," said Edward M. Furgol, curator of the Navy museum. "This donation from McDonnell Douglas represents a significant addition to the museum's collection." The Tomahawk airframe was assembled by the McDonnell Douglas mockup shop, using scrap Tomahawk parts and paint from the company's Florida Missile Production facility in Titusville, Fla., where MDC builds the Tomahawk. The airframe was built to the same specifications as an actual Tomahawk missile airframe and had been used for such tasks as handling and tooling checkout; fit checks; manufacturing process development; and training for manufacturing personnel. "Mockup airframes perform a number of important functions in ensuring that we deliver high quality missile systems to our Navy customer," Kowalskey said. "This mockup will now perform the important task of helping the Navy tell the successful story of the Tomahawk weapon system in Operation Desert Storm." Nearly 300 Tomahawks were launched from surface ships and submarines at heavily defended targets during Operation Desert Storm. Many of the Tomahawks were launched early in the strikes against Iraq to take advantage of the Tomahawk's long range and precise accuracy to knock out communications links and air defenses prior to strikes by manned aircraft. McDonnell Douglas recently received a $201.6 million contract to produce 120 Tomahawks and remanufacture an additional 120 missiles already in inventory to incorporate them with Block III system upgrades. This contract represents 60 percent of the fiscal year 1993 purchase in the Navy's dual-source procurement. The contract also includes the recertification of 98 missiles already in inventory, which represents 70 percent of the depot maintenance work in fiscal year 1993. In addition, McDonnell Douglas received 65 percent of the Navy Tomahawk purchase (114 missiles) and 65 percent of the Tomahawk recertification work in fiscal year 1992. The Tomahawk Block II upgrades, developed by McDonnell Douglas, will improve the Tomahawk by adding Global Positioning System (GPS)- aided navigation; time-of-arrival control; increased computing power in the guidance system; and engine and warhead improvements. McDonnell Douglas also serves as the systems engineering and integration agent for the entire Tomahawk weapon system and is the sole provider of Tomahawk weapon control systems, operational flight software, and mission planning. McDonnell Douglas has delivered more than 1,000 Tomahawks from its Florida Missile Production facility. -0- 1/26/93 /CONTACT: Jim Schlueter of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-233-6232/ (MD)
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