US Navy ship first launched Tomahawk Block V cruise missile
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The USS Chafee (DDG 90) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer became the first Navy ship to launch a new version of the famous Tomahawk cruise missile – Tomahawk Block V, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Naked Science magazine.
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The US Navy destroyer USS Chafee made the historic first launch of the Tomahawk Block V cruise missile. It should become the new “long arm” of the American fleet, significantly expanding its capabilities. The tests were carried out in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Hawaii, and were successful. A modernized version of Block IV is to engage a wide variety of targets, including moving ones by installing a new seeker.
The Tomahawk cruise missile is the primary attack missile weapon of the US Navy: it is actively using by surface ships and submarines. Pentagon put the basic version of the rocket into service in 1983. To date, more than seven thousand of these missiles of various modifications have been produced.
In the future, the US Navy wants to arm itself with a fundamentally new hypersonic missile, created under the Prompt Global Strike (PGS) program. As the American media reported, the US Navy tested the weapon back in 2017.
Russia’s EW systems have captured more than 20 US Tomahawk missiles in Syria
According to sources from the Russian Ministry of Defense, Russia has managed to deactivate about 40 American Tomahawk missiles that were fired during hostilities in Syria, as we reported in September this year.
Russian journalists have suggested that Moscow used e-war systems in Syria to deactivate the missiles in question. Again, according to Russian journalists, most of the American missiles failed to explode, but fell to the ground, which confirms the discussed option for used electronic warfare systems.
However, from the information spread in the Russian media on the subject, it is not clear the period in which the missiles were “captured” or the timeline.
According to sources, some time ago Moscow sent and deployed Krasukha-4 electronic warfare systems located in different positions, both to the Syrian army and to Russian units based in different parts of the country. The information disseminated by the Russian Ministry of Defense claims that a large part of the deactivated missiles were found and accordingly sent for analysis from Syria to Russia.
Such a situation is not in Washington’s favor, given that the Tomahawks are one of the US military’s main missiles. All this would allow Moscow not only to become acquainted with the American technology used, but also to develop an effective defense against Tomahawk.
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It should be noted that in addition to Russian and Syrian sources, similar information is spread by Iranian sources confirming the export of American missiles from Damascus to Moscow.
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