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All the most recent conflicts have started with a storm of cruise missiles against fixed enemy targets. The war in Libya is just the last of a long series of campaigns or raids in which Tomahawk missiles have been used to wipe out the opponent’s air defenses, before the first combat planes entered the enemy air space.
Therefore, such cruise missiles stocks are being replenished.
Raytheon have just won a $337.8 million for 361 additions to the Tomahawk fleet of the U.S Navy, split into 238 RGM-109 missiles that are launched from the Vertical Launch System (VLS) on surface ships, and 123 UGM-109 that are launched from submarines equipped with the Capsule Launch System (CLS).
Block IV Tomahawk is the current generation of the Tomahawk family of cruise missiles. The BGM-109 Tomahawk family began life in the 1980s as sub-sonic, low-flying nuclear strike weapons, before being developed into long-range RGM/UGM-109 conventional attack missiles. They’re most frequently launched from submarines and surface ships, and have been the US Navy’s preferred option for initial air strikes in Iraq, Libya, et. al. Britain has also bought Tomahawk missiles, and launches them exclusively from submarines.
Block IV is the latest variant, adding innovative technologies that improve combat flexibility, while dramatically reducing the costs to buy, operate, and support these missiles. That program, under PMA-280, has been one of the USA’s acquisition success stories over the last decade. Now a June 2012 order will add another 361 missiles to the fleet.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by hoochymama
There are other more advanced missiles, but the T-LAM has the advantage of low cost, high numbers, and being incredibly effective at its job.
I wonder of thats the amount they figure theyll need to expend in Syria/Iran?
Just sos they dont run out afterwards.......or before they annihalate the country.
Can they replenish stocks that quickly? I mean, if the order has just been signed, unless they had them sitting around the warehouse, it would be months before they were delivered, no?