Tomahawk Missile

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Overview:

Japanese Prime Minister recently said that Japan will purchase 400 Tomahawk missiles from the United States.

About Tomahawk Missile:

  • It is an American-made long-range cruise missile used for deep land attack warfare.
  • It can be launched from a ship or submarine and can deliver its warhead precisely to a target at a long range.
  • They are designed to fly at extremely low altitudes at high subsonic speeds.
  • It has an accuracy of about 5 meters (16 feet).
  • The 5.6-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.
  • The missile 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.
  • There are several variants of the Tomahawk missile, each with specialized capabilities.

 


Q1) What is a Cruise missile?

Cruise missiles are guided, unmanned, and self-propelled missiles used to deliver warheads with high precision. Modern cruise missiles can travel at supersonic or hypersonic speeds, can self-navigate, and fly on a non-ballistic, extremely low-altitude trajectory.

Source: Japan to buy 400 Tomahawk missiles from US: PM Fumio Kishida