Tomahawk Cruise Missile (U.S.)
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The Tomahawk Cruise was designed to deliver nuclear weapons into the Soviet Union from aircraft and ships off the shore. It is a highly accurate system relying on on-board computers to guide it to its target. Initial reports of Desert Storm indicate a success rate of almost 90%. The Tomahawk were primarily used from ships in the Gulf against hard, non-moving targets in the Gulf. An air-launched version is also available and is used with the B-52.
Actions in Desert Storm--
Some of the first allied hits on Baghdad were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the U.S.S. Wisconsin in the Persian Gulf. These highly accurate weapons were targeted against Iraqi fixed positions such as command and control centers and military industry. Within two weeks, the Navy had launched over 200of the Tomahawk, a number of them coming from submarines, with a devastating success rate. Although the Iraqis claimed to have shot down a number of missiles, this was never confirmed by independent observers.
By the end of the war, 282 of 288 Tomahawks were successfully launched by 16 surface ships and two submarines. Of these, 64% were launched in the first 48 hours.
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