Cruise Missile’s Hyped Loitering Capability Has Major Limitations

By Christopher J. Castelli / December 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM
As the White House mulled attacking Syria this year, the press and the Navy hyped the prospect of Tomahawk cruise missiles circling Syrian skies to hunt fleeting quarry, but the weapon’s loitering capability has major limits and has never been used in battle, has learned. Long considered lethal against fixed targets, the Raytheon-made missile gained the loitering capability when the latest version -- Block IV, or Tactical Tomahawk -- was fielded in 2004. Also added was the capability...

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