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Tomahawk Missile

Tomahawk Missile:

Australia recently finalised a deal to buy more than 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the United States.

  • Tomahawk Missile is a US-made long-range cruise missileused for deep land attack warfare.
  • It can be launched from a ship or submarineand can deliver its warhead precisely to a target at a long range.
  • It is used primarily by the U.S. and United Kingdom navies.
  • It is designed to fly at subsonic speed while maintaining a low altitude, making it difficult to detect on radar.
  • It uses tailored guidance systems to manoeuvre while at such low elevations.
  • It has an accuracy of about 5 meters (16 feet).
  • The 6-meter (18.4-foot-) long missile has a range of up to 2,400 km(1,500 miles) and can travel as fast as 885 km (550 miles) per hour.
  • It is powered by a solid propellant during its launch phase. Thereafter it is powered by a turbofan engine that does not emit much heat, which makes infrared detection difficult.
  • It is capable of twisting and turning like a radar-evading fighter plane.
  • It can carry either conventional or nuclear payloads.