The Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched Saturday against Libya are unmanned, single-use, programmable jet-engine missiles used only by the U.S. and British navies.
They fly very close to the ground, steering around natural and man-made obstacles to hit a target that is programmed into them before launch. Newer versions can be reprogrammed in flight but in this case that was not done, at least not yet.
They are different from other unmanned aerial vehicles in that they can only be used once - they are fired, they fly to the target and blow up. End of missile. A Predator and some other unmanned aerial vehicles can carry missiles, hit a target, then continue flying.
Tomahawk missiles normally carry a 1,000-pound conventional warhead. They can also carry 166 combined-effects bomblets, or mini bombs that spread out over a larger area. They can also carry nuclear warheads.
Tomahawks, developed in the 1970s, were first launched operationally by the United States during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. They are about 18 feet long with a wing span of nearly 9 feet, and they can fly at about 550 mph. Regarding Saturday's strikes against Libya, Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, director of the Joint Staff,Â said the missiles were in flight for about an hour, so they were likely fired several hundred miles from their targets.
how much does a tomahawk missile cost? Who manufactures them? Who did we borrow the money from to build them?
About $600,000 per missile (so the US spent 66,000,000 just today on them). Raytheon and McDonnell Douglas build them for us (so Im sure they are very very happy this military action is underway). And most likely we the taxpayers will be paying for them.
Most likely gonna pay? Who do you think is gonna pay? Greece? Spain?
er.....paid for a few years ago, I'd bet.
But now, we get to pay for brand new ones! Ain't the war economy wonderful?
US citizens need to rise to the occasion and overthrow our weak govt. that still calls the shots in this country wasting all of our money!!!
the $66,000,000 was spent years ago when these missiles were on order. When the equipment reaches inventory they are bought and paid for.
Yup ...I worked as a finance manager at Raytheon....the Aegis Program and the Tomahawk programs. People can't imagine the waste and over charging by our defense industry establishment....and what our military costs us in being able to afford necessary domestic programs.
$ 66 M in 4 hours for Obama's decision to declare war on Libya....this is an act of war.....but I imagine many Americans fool themselves into believing this is an act to preserve the peace. We may not legalize drugs.....but as a populous, we act like we're all stoned out of our minds.
$ 66 M....that's about 1,320 full time math and science teachers for a year. Obama cut the funding for Pell Grants last week.....now he'll have to eliminate the funding for Pell Grants to pay for the Tomahawks.
What a country.
"Yup ...I worked as a finance manager at Raytheon....the Aegis Program and the Tomahawk programs."
Hmmm. Your employer bought you a nice house and put the kids thru school, no?
Pot meet kettle.
Each F-35 is going to cost about $150,000,000. That means losing an F-35 would cost more than double 110 Tomahawks.
McDonnell? Ummm, no such company anymore... you mean Boeing. If you use them, you'll need to replace them... perhaps a few more aerospace and military providers will hang on to a few jobs?
yeah, just close down the schools there will be enough money to support this
why worry about american currency to make more tomahawk missile,
how about india and ussr russia makes more brahmas missiles,
india and ussr russia are spending too much waste waste money
They're in stock and most likely nearing their end of shelf life, to be discarded.
But, apparently, EVERYTHING must be for profit, huh?
OK, I'll give you a profit.
Lower oil prices, because the speculation in the market will be calmer, rather than worrying about Libya's mess interfering with the supply of oil.
Unless you think that $7.00/gallon would do our economy good, while still in a depression.
Well said, on the shelf life point. The incremental cost to the taxpayer (vs. future refurbishment) is probably modest vs. the $60B+ in annual waste identified by the CBO... or versus the intent of the mission in the first place. Not so sure on the price of oil, though... If the Muslim Brotherhood ends up elected in these new democracies, it is very difficult to predict what their values are likely to be. They are likely more willing to put their populace into subsistence economy to make a point than the despots who live high on the hog. Certainly not saying either option is good, just that the future is unlikely to be rosy even if the tyrants are indeed deposed.
Not sure how this could be about oil. Do you know how much US depends on Libya for oil? About 0.5% of all oil imports come from there.
I love the irony in a leader of such an oppressive regime calling the coalition a bunch of Nazis. Funny stuff.
if you think we dont depend on their oil because it is .5%... did you see the price of oil go up due to this?....
750,000 and proudly made by Raytheon's Missile Systems business in Tucson, AZ
Isn't it ironic to the max that Arizona is responsible for the building of the missles for OBlunder's war. Considering he sued them for doing his job for him, and all. Guess the state is good for something when he needs it, huh.
1GregM, "OBlunder', really? Honest? That is the best that 'you people' can do? Why bother with cogent arguments when you can make fun of the President's name like a 3rd grader with a 'D' average in school. Do the nation a favor and keep your childish retorts south of the Mason-Dixon line, where they belong. Oh, and why don't you spend you next Welfare check on some of Glenn Beck's gold. LOL
In 1999, Approximately $569,000, see below.
Plus I thought they banned Cluster bombs?
Primary Function: Long-range subsonic cruise missile for striking high value or heavily defended land targets.
Contractor: Raytheon Systems Company, Tucson, AZ.
Date Deployed: Block II TLAM-A IOC – 1984
Block III â€“ IOC 1994
Block IV â€“ IOC expected 2004.
Unit Cost: Approximately $569,000 (FY99 $).
Propulsion: Block II/III TLAM-A, C & D – Williams International F107 cruise turbo-fan engine; ARC/CSD solid-fuel booster
Length: 18 feet 3 inches (5.56 meters); with booster: 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 meters).
Diameter: 20.4 inches (51.81 cm).
Wingspan: 8 feet 9 inches (2.67 meters).
Weight: 2,900 pounds (1,315.44 kg); 3,500 pounds (1,587.6 kg) with booster.
Speed: Subsonic – about 550 mph (880 km/h).
Range: Block II TLAM-A â€“ 1350 nautical miles (1500 statute miles, 2500 km)
Block III TLAM-C – 900 nautical miles (1000 statute miles, 1600 km)
Block III TLAM-D – 700 nautical miles (800 statute miles, 1250 km
Block IV TLAM-E – 900 nautical miles (1000 statute miles, 1600 km)
Guidance System: Block II TLAM-A â€“ INS, TERCOM, Block III TLAM-C, D & Block IV TLAM-E â€“ INS, TERCOM, DSMAC, and GPS.
Warhead: Block II TLAM-N â€“ W80 nuclear warhead
Block III TLAM-C and Block IV TLAM-E – 1,000 pound class unitary warhead
Block III TLAM-D – conventional submunitions dispenser with combined effect bomblets.
Last Update: 23 April 2010
Really don't need to post classified information in a public forum.
The money came from your paycheck
Worth every penny. Unlike Iraq and even Afghan this at least makes sense so spend that money I for one have no problems and can we drop on of them on the leader and a few Imam to if possible.
So how much is a soldier life worth? Is a million dollars too much to pay to avoid injury or death to a U.S. soldier? How much to avoid having a fighter/bomber shot down? I think so a, hands down cheap. If we are committed to stopping evil people like Quaddafi-Duck the use of Tomahawk missiles and Predator drones is worth it.
WHAT A NUTJOB THIS GUY IS.. KILLING HIS OWN PEOPLE WHO DOESN'T THINK LIKE HE DOES!! I WONDER WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, WHAT HOLE WE'LL FIND HIM HIDING IN LIKE SADDAM HUSSEIN!!??? WHATEVER HOLE IT IS, I HOPE WE SEAL IT UP PERMANENTLY!! LIKE THE GIRL SAID IN THE MOVIE.. NOWAY YOU WACKO!!!
General Dynamics made the first Tomahawks, And we didn't borrow money for them.... Most of our missiles are 15+ years old, they've been paid for years ago. It's not like we made them yesterday.
No, but we will pay for the ones that they build tomorrow.
Er – history doesn't agree with you. War tends to drive oil prices UP, not down.
"I thought they banned Cluster bombs?" I don't think we have ever signed that treaty??
What the Folks forgot to mention is that the missiles WILL now have to be replaced and that is a major cost to Taxpayers.
These are stock piled missiles from last 20 years or so......money was already paid for these missiles. US military might be happy about getting rid of those to purchase more missilies. So in effect tax payers will be paying money for the purchase of new missilies.
You obviously don't remember a 747 that fell out of the sky over Lockerbie Scotland. I do. And I remember how that cowardly 'sovereign" leader hid in his tent and thumbed his nose at us afterwards. Ghaddafi needs to die !!! it's a shame that one of out tomahawks didn't fly far enough of course to take him and the rest of his cabinet off at the knees.
Maybe Israel needs to join the coalition and make quick work of the " supreme leader" of Libya and maybe the rest of his family too.
Karma,it just took awhile for his to come around. He's getting paid back for being a part of murdering the people on that plane.
Hey no biggie... We'll pay for them with all the oil we'll end up getting out of this deal. Ever notice how most of the countries we bomb have oil? Weird... heh...
That being said, GO USA!!!! Let's bomb the crap out of this murderer, drag him through town for people to spit on, and then hang him before a live audience. If history is any predictor, a cell phone video of his head coming off will probably circle the internet within minutes of his execution.
Put 'cha head between ya legs n' kiss that a$$ goodbye, punk! ;D
Guess we should get out of Afghanistan. They have ZERO oil.
We needed the gas and oil pipeline from Uzbekistan that now goes thru Afghanistan
into Pakistan. The Taliban wouldnt let us build it so we removed them.
Haliburton got the contract to build it.
Plus there is all those poppies.
And please excuse my brutal nature.. It's just the TeXan in me coming out ;D
They usually run about $750,000.00 per copy but there are times when you can go by Lowes and find them on sale where you buy one and get the second for free.
Why don't we just send a sniper in there and take Gadafhi out? It's a hell of a lot cheaper and I think our special forces have the skills needed to take on that task.
Who builds these, so I can buy their shares on monday. 66mill in profits in one hour, not bad
Phil plays too many video games.
spent $66,000,000 today? i would think that money was already spent when we bought the missile, unless Raytheon is taking IOU's from the Department of the Navy. This encounter is going to be pretty cheap compared to Iraq and Afghanistan. Many countries have pledged aircraft to patrol this no fly zone so that we probrably won't even need any offensive jets in the region.
Tomahawks are obsolete, being replaced with AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missle) when they replace the missiles fired in Libya it will be with JASSM. I would buy stock in Lockheed Martin.
Amazing that the CNN feel they need to define what a missile is. Is this part of a series? Next, will they cover the definition of a "bullet" followed by "bomb" and...
Hey Kadafi, yuou just got Tomahawked lol. wonder how he feels now that he s on the recieving end
of an American Tomahawk cruise missile lol we should send the USS missouri over there to target practice with those big 16in guns, just pound Tripoli into abis
you are talking as if the united states bought the missiles on the spot, right before they launched them. im in the navy and one thing i can tell you is we have a surplus of tomahawks and many other weapons. those tomahawks were probably paid by the tax payers from the 80s. all the navy had to do was merely ship them from our storage facilities to the ship.
The Brits fired some (which they bought from us). But anyway, would you rather have the government give $66,000,000 away in welfare, bailouts, and foreign aid, or buy US-built missles providing may, many jobs for Americans?
a lot less than a US soldiers life and any US planes...
and since when did you become the accountant or budget handler for our armed forces.. do you know how many cruise missiles we have? do you know how many are decommissioned each year? do you know how many we regularly purchase each year? are you the qualified person to determine how much tax money should be allocated to the armed forces? are you the qualified person to determine what the armed forces should do with this money?
i am glad we, along with UK, France, Canada, and Italy are trying to stop this tyrant from destroying his own country and/or starting a civil war that would benefit no-one in this entire world. and we are doing it without invading with ground troops, and this time we have a coalition we are working with and the backing of the UN, and we are not going in based on lies. if it stops the conflict, then things will settle down including the price of our precious oil. in the end who cares how much it is... i suggest you stick with bills, costs, and budgets you know best – your own. besides, we are WINNING!
The US does not have a ban on cluster bombs / scatter warheads like some other countries.
A "single use missile" as opposed to the kind you fire and then retrieve so that you can fire it again. Was this article written by a complete moron? Why is the author trying to compare missiles to UAVs?
Indeed. Apparently, the missiles fired from a UAV are mathemagically free as well.
Not commenting for or against the war, but for the sake of putting things into perspective, we can assume (for the sake of simplifying the argument) that every single U.S. citizen pays taxes, meaning that if we divide the price of a single tomahawk by the U.S.'s population, it comes that to 0.2 cents per citizen (600k/300m).
600.000 may seem like an obnoxious amount of money, but throwing numbers to prove a point without the necessary context is a pretty cheap way to argue.
If you live in the US and you don't know what a Tomahawk missile is...then you have been under a rock for 20+ years
Or are young and never watched Gulf War I.
Or never whacked it reading military books in elemenatry school
i agree with keith
LOL, Keith is absolutely correct. I clicke on the "what is a Tomahawk" out of morbid curiousity: to learn to whom this article was directed. I was expecting "missile things from airplane things that, like, totally hit whatever you want".
@Wzrd1, true but Clinton also lobbed cruise missles into Somalia during the Lewinski affair; I'm pretty sure Bush II lobbed a few into Pakistan until civilian deaths caused him to rethink their use. But I agree some folks won't necessarily know what a cruise missle is (let alone a Tomahawk) so I appreciate CNN posting the short article.
They don't mention that cruise missiles were invented by the Germans during WWII (the V-1 "Buzz Bomb") so while our technology is undoubtedly more advanced, the idea itself is over sixty years old.
That's exactly what I thought I was going to find.
I thought this thing was designed after Geronimo's Hatchet ??
I'm in the US NAVY and I wasn't completely clear on what a Tomahawks capabilities were....so you're "under a rock" statement is flawed...
@ JD, you are in the NAVY and don't know what a Tomahawk is??? What do they teach you squids anyway??
Dude. Sometimes there are interesting new tidbits about weapons in these puff-pieces. I was hoping to learn something new, so clicked the link.
As it was, there wasn't anything new about them in this article, other than they can carry a W-80 nuclear warhead, which I didn't know. I knew they were nuclear-capable, just didn't know which warhead they carried.
nice try... but your not as smart as i thought, dig through further, thats an assignment =D
"I'm in the US NAVY and I wasn't completely clear on what a Tomahawks capabilities were....so you're "under a rock" statement is flawed..."
Do you run the ships store, cut hair or fill the soda machines?
@thinker....like really...like...well we know that your dad saved like ...um some like money by like not sending you tol ike school.
Proudly made in the USA
Made in China actually
Parts, not whole systems, just like most any other product government or corporate.
Actually, sardukar, sara is correct. The Tomahawk Missile, manufactured by Raytheon, is manufactured by Rytheon's Missile Systems branch, which is based in Tucson, AZ. Where the parts come from for the missile...I'll grant you that I don't know, and perhaps the parts do come from China, or other places outside US borders. However, the manufacturing of the missile itself takes place in the good ol' US of A.
They are made here in the USA...
The parts were and are made in the USA. Don't ask how I know.
Just like everything else in the military, they were made by the lowest bidder.
@engine builder...How do you know??
Do you guys really think that the US allows anybody to know how these things are made? You have to have a Top Secret clearance and the "need to know" to even enter the room on a ship where its associated equipment is located.
"Engine Builder" is correct. Look up "ITAR" and see why all missile parts have to be made in the USA by US persons only. Foreign parts are not allowed. Violation will lead to severe penalties so defense companies don't dare to import cheap parts or labor.
proudly ? is filling them with depleted uranium that makes you so proud ?
EngineBuilder – why cant you tell me? If I ask you to tell me would you have to kill me after you did?
Noway made in China. If it were, it would be priced at $50,000 and you could buy it in Walmart.
yes tomahawk missile is made in america,
america can make more many tomahawks missiles / rockets,
see india and ussr russia are spending too much waste brahmas missiles
I hope they blow this dictator Gadhafi to bits & all his cronies, too. This guy never paid the bill for his bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. Don't hold back...all these nutcaes respect is brute force so use bunkerbusters, too.
bunker busters yes, better make it a super whopper of one I am sure him and his top cronies are hiding deep deep underground.
I remember watching TV during Gulf War I. CNN was showing bombing damage and playing along with the Iraqi military, to the point of moving military bodies from camera view in a bunker that was occupied as civilians as a shield for the command bunker beneath.
Then, a cruise missile came cruising up the street, right at the same level as their window, at the last moment, turning, going in front of their hotel, turning at the next corner, turning again and striking the communications bunker behind them, on the far side of their hotel.
They left Iraq the next day.
Can we assume that the same contractors will be busy "rebuilding" Lybia when this is over?
Why would aerospace companies be rebuilding a nation's buildings and vehicles?
I know! Now, you're saying a couple of companies now OWN the UN, right? 15 entire countries, right? Even Russian and China, right?
Yes, who else... the UN resolution was just passed and very little information was confirmed, nor was much time given for Gadhafi to speak (Don't misunderstand me, I think he is a tyrant and horrible) before we took action. A US conflict on foreign soil is driven in large part by US defense contractors. Don't believe me, when was the military conflict on US soil? Currently how many open conflicts is the US military involved in, and for what reasons? My gas just jumped over a dollar a gallon and only 1% of our oil comes from this country. So since we are not actually protecting American interests, my interest is no declaring bankruptcy this year, what are we doing? And as point, while I adamantly oppose war, I will always support the men and women (including my wife) who serve. I am anti-war, not a military hater.
Yeah...Raytheon is going to make a ton of cash in a post-revolution Libya...get a clue bud...
Nope. China will take over rebuilding and make sure they corner the oil too. It's like loin makes the kill and hyenas walk to eat the meal. Did US get the copper mining contract in Afghanistan ? Nope. It was China.
AND they cost $1 million each, and we just launched 110 of them against Gaffy, that is $110 million of tax payer's money gone, and the war hasn't even started yet!!
Is this that new math I've heard about?
$600 thousand becomes a million?
One uses cruise missiles against antiaircraft sites. I guess you'd rather have $30 million airplanes getting shot down and the pilots killed?
It isn't a war, if you didn't notice, it's a mission that is designed to be VERY short, three days, to be exact, where the skies are kept clear and the rebels given a chance.
Worth every penny now go pray for miracles I put my money and lethal force.
The combined total of the US AND the UK was 110. I'm sure we didn't GIVE them away, the UK had to pay for them.
Don't you folks ever check the FACTS? Not all were fired by the USA, some were fired by the Brits. That means the Brits had bought those from the Yanks. Now they will have to buy some more from the Yanks to replace them, no doubt. So no, 110 missiles doesn't mean $110m of US taxpayers' money gone. Nice try though.
$70 million is a small price to pay for putting their air defenses out of service. Just think, if a single Tornado or F-15E were shot down, that's roughly (roughly) $70 million plus two lives. If their SA-5 bags an AWACS or a JSTARS, that's hundreds of millions, plus a plane full of crew.
Tomahawks are a bargain, and $66M is chickenfeed to the US budget. They destroyed many times their value in Libyan defense assets, and risked no valuable aircraft or personnel. The geopolitical aspect of this war is establishing a Libyan government that looks after its people, doesn't support terrorism or anti-Western activities, and participates in free (oil) markets. The moral aspect is destroying a murderous deranged dictator and protecting the innocent.
Lower oil prices? Your oil prices are already low in America because the U.S. dollar has always been the reserve currency. Those days are coming to an end regardless of what happens in Libya. Don't hold your breath on cheap gas making a comeback any time soon.
"The combined total of the US AND the UK was 110. I'm sure we didn't GIVE them away, the UK had to pay for them."
Thank you for stating what everybody else can't seem to grasp!
What CNN isn't mentioning... they cost us, the tax payers around half a million dollars each. The US and UK fired 112, assuming a generous 50/50 split we fired 56, $28 million dollars. More bang for your buck than those $100 mortars you fired off last 4th of July. Oh, and it took 112 missiles to hit 20 targets. The military's batting average is worse than some MLB pitchers. The cost of the Tomahawk program, over $11 trillion dollars circa 1980, do the inflation math.
Yet still gas, food and housing costs and unemployment rise. Think about it.
Thanks, but you don't know the size of these sites or other structures targeted within them. As someone pointed out above, better a missile than a plane costing 30x as much and the priceless pilot/s on board. And 11 trillion over 30 years, even with inflation, is a drop in the bucket in regards to the US defense budget. The Tomahawk, again when taken as cost vs value, is one of these best, as you put it, bangs for the buck. If you want the math the missiles used in this attack cost the price of a cheeseburger for everyone in the US. Not a bad price to pay to give a population the option to change its course.
What I wanna know is when are we going to start bombing Saudi Arabia and Yemen?
Cost is 11 billion$ not trillion$
Yes 112 Missles hit 20 targets, but that doenst' mean that a single one missed it's target. Some targets are large and require more than one bomb genius. Also high priorety targets may have been hit multiple times to ensure destruction.
110 to hit 20 targets? Where is your info from, and how detailed? If one target was a Libyan air base with 4 runways, 17 AA missile positions, 2 missile control centers, and air control center and 35 fighter aircraft, would you use 1 Tomahawk. Leave targeting questions to experts.
I am pretty amused with some of you guys who are too short sighted with the amount it cost US tax payer to fire the 112 tomahawk missiles. I see this more like a show of military superiority and trust me in next year military exhibition somewhere in UAE, US will be able to lock hundreds of billions of military contract
WHat a waste of money. Why dont we spend frances money on bombs instead of our own?
Because bombs are dropped from airplanes that would get shot down by the anti-aircraft batteries that were the main target of these strikes.
I think the latest version of the TLAM costs between 600,000 and 700,000 each. When they first came out years ago they were 1million each.
When has anything in the military cost less over time?
When then went from self-guidance to GPS guidance. GPS guidance is phenomenally cheaper.
Wrong answer, Jack. The bill that is pending that WILL decrease the cost of Tomahawk missles to $600,000.00 – $700,000.00. The ones that were fired DID cost 1.1-1.4 MILLION each. That is about $150,000,000.00 that could have been used for; assistance for Homeless Veterans, Tax cuts for the MIDDLE CLASS, fudning NPR or PBS, or even (much needed) Adult Literacy programs here in the USA.
Wow, a CNN article with actual facts.
What makes these things so effective at taking out air defense sites is how low they fly, somewhat stealthy airframe and being a machine they feel no fear at all. They aren't worried about their personal problems back home or about dying on their mission. They just keep flying at the target until they are either shot down or impact it.
Effective? 112 to hit 20 fairly small, not well protect sites...
@And the winner is: and how did you happen to learn the sites "were not well protected"? Do you have some inside info that might be helpful?
1 site does not equal 1 target. The payload of a Tomahawk is relatively small. The are precision guided munitions. If you are striking an airbase (1 site) you wouldn't use 1 missile. Think before you post asinine comments.
Compared to other ways to take out specific targets, a TLAM is a bargain. Especially in terms of loss of life for both sides. Once the air defenses are taken out, cheaper stuff, like JDAMs, can be dropped by airplanes.
A half a million per missile
CAN YOU SAY LIBERAL HYPOCRITE??
ok, so Liberals are wrong when they disagree with you and hypocrites when they don't?
You're a moron. Shut up.
Mark, you need to understand the concept of "orders of magnitude". A billion is so much larger than half a million. Including FY 2011 the war in Iraq alone cost $802 BILLION. So far, using the estimates of cost in these comments, the "Liberal" administration has spent 8 one thousandths of a percent of the cost of the Iraq war on the action in Libya. Your claim of hypocrisy does not stand up to scrutiny.
why worry about million per missile,
what about india and ussr russia makes too many brahmas missiles
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