Tomahawkr Land Attack Missile (TLAM)

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[1] Tomahawk ® Land Attack Missile (TLAM)
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[2] The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) is precision strike long range cruise missile operated by U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines. The missile is all-weather and subsonic, and introduced by defense contractor General Dynamics in the 1970s. Since then, the missile has been drastically improved by corporate divestiture and consequent acquisitions. The missile is now manufactured by American defense contractor Raytheon Systems Company. The Tomahawk is used in scenarios in which the U.S. Navy needs to defend U.S. interests in regional conflicts, crisis responses, or to execute national policy. The Tomahawk operates from littoral locations as vital part of the joint forces. The Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile has been used to attack a variety of fixed targets, including air defense and communications sites, and is often utilized in high-threat environments. The land attack version of Tomahawk has inertial and terrain contour matching (TERCOM) radar guidance. This TERCOM radar employs a stored map reference to compare with the actual terrain in order to determine the missile’s location. If a course correction is deemed necessary, then the system is capable to realign the missile to a different target. Terminal guidance in the target area is provided by the optical Digital Scene Matching Area Correlation (DSMAC) system, which contrasts an image of target with the actual image. Background: The Evolution to Become the Block IV It has become the Navy’s combat established “weapon of choice.” According to Raytheon’s product data sheet, the missile is critically “long-range, [and used for] precision strike missions against high-value, heavily defended and politically sensitive target.” Designed to fly at low altitudes at high subsonic speeds, the Tomahawk cruise missile are piloted over an evasive route by various guidance systems. The first operational use was in 1991 during
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[3] Operation Desert Storm. This yielded great success and the missile has been since used successfully in additional conflicts. In 1995, the United States and United Kingdom signed a Foreign Military Sales Agreement for the U.K.’s purchase of 65 missiles. This act marked the first sale of tomahawks to a foreign country. The evolution of the tomahawk has undergone several major changes.
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