Accession Number : ADA318755

Title :   Tomahawks Stop the Attacking Regiments,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIV CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s) : Anderson, Edmund R. ; Bowen, Walter E. ; Fischer, John W. ; Hall, Charles R., III. ; Klocek, Thomas E.

PDF Url : ADA318755

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Tomahawk Stops the Attacking Regiments (TSTAR) is the latest upgrade to the Tomahawk Weapon System (TWS). It expands the existing mission capabilities of the conventional Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) submunition dispensing variants to include real-time engagements with mobile armored forces, either en route to the battlefield or stationary in assembly areas. TSTAR will combine real-time targeting, re-targeting, and smart submunition performance with the long-range, precision attack capability already planned for Block IV Tomahawk. Thus, TSTAR is a system of systems weapon that consists of a surveillance system, a mission control agency, a communications link for re-targeting, and the cruise missiles delivery vehicle. This integrated system of systems functions to detect and localize enemy forces, execute timely launch of coordinated flights of missiles, and to refine submunition dispense locations and attack patterns during missile fly-out. The tactical information and connectivity provided by various sensors and data links support immediate actions that respond effectively to enemy unit maneuvers. The result is a highly capable weapon system for engaging moving targets behind enemy lines without risking loss of pilots and their aircraft.

Descriptors :   *CRUISE MISSILES, *GUIDED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, COUNTERFORCES(MILITARY), GUIDED MISSILE WARHEADS, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE, SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, INFRARED HOMING, ARMOR PIERCING AMMUNITION, TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS, NATIONAL DEFENSE, FORWARD AREA AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ANTITANK MISSILES, UNDERWATER TO SURFACE MISSILES.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Surface-launched Guided Missiles

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