The Tomahawk cruise missile is the most ubiquitous munition in the U.S. Navy, deployed on 145 warships including both surface combatants and attack submarines. Designed to precisely destroy distant, well-defended targets without causing collateral damage, Tomahawk is now being evolved to address a wider array of enemy assets. The Block V version of Tomahawk will include a maritime strike variant capable to targeting moving ships at sea and a hard-target kill variant that can penetrate densely-constructed structures (like command posts) on land. By adapting Tomahawk to new missions, the Navy is once again proving that it is easier to evolve existing systems when emergent threats appear than it is to fashion novel solutions. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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