What is a Tomahawk Missile?

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

About Tomahawk Missile


  • It is a US-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.
  • It is used primarily by the U.S. and United Kingdom navies.


Features of Tomahawk Missile

  • 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 maneuver 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.
  • Propulsion: 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.


Q1) What is a Cruise Missile?

A cruise missile is a guided, self-propelled, precision-guided munition that is designed to deliver a payload, such as explosives or other warheads, to a specific target with high accuracy. Unlike ballistic missiles, which follow a high trajectory and use gravity to descend upon their target, cruise missiles are low-flying, maneuverable, and powered throughout their flight.

Source: Australia to buy US Tomahawk missiles to boost long range strike capability