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Old 07-08-2021, 06:24 AM
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Exclamation Biden Beware: Russia Has Its Hands On a U.S. Tomahawk Missile

Biden Beware: Russia Has Its Hands On a U.S. Tomahawk Missile
By: Michael Peck - National Interest News 7-7-21
Re: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/re...missile-189337

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Tags: Russia - Syria- Tomahawk Missile - Military - Technology

But here's the problem: There's no way to make use of weapons without risking them falling into enemy hands.

Here's What You Need to Remember: Out of fifty-nine missiles launched at Syria in April, it is possible one or two failed to explode and were recovered. High-explosive weapons frequently donít explode: 30 percent of the Allied artillery shells fired during World War I at the Battle of the Somme might have been duds, while modern cluster bombs have a dud rate as high as 20 percent.

Hereís a tip: if you donít want the enemy to capture your weapons, then donít use them.

But - if youíre afraid to use them because they might be captured, then what are good are they?

Russia is crowing that it has recovered Americaís Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched in Syria but failed to explode. Russian officials have promised that examining two unexploded Tomahawks, salvaged by the Syrians and turned over to Moscow, would enable Russia would develop new jamming equipment. ďHaving this missile in hand, we can clearly understand what channels of communication, information and control, navigation and range finding it has. . . . And knowing all these parameters, we will be able to more effectively counter these cruise missiles at all stages of their combat deployment,Ē said Vladimir Mikheev, an adviser to the first deputy general director of Russiaís state-owned KRET electronics group.

Other Russian experts said that the Tomahawks would yield secrets of the latest missile navigation systems (one called it ďa textbook on materials science, a textbook on technologies falling from the skiesĒ). Thereís a Russian video here, allegedly of Tomahawk debris, though itís hard to be clear what weíre being shown or where the debris was found.

Perhaps Russia needs to crow about something: itís not clear how many missiles its air defenses shot down (Russia claims many while the Pentagon claims none), and other than downing one F-16, Syriaís Russian-made air-defense missiles have proven ineffective against repeated Israeli air strikes.

But letís assume Russia did in fact recover some Tomahawk missiles. Out of fifty-nine missiles launched at Syria in April, it is possible one or two failed to explode and were recovered. High-explosive weapons frequently donít explode: 30 percent of the Allied artillery shells fired during World War I at the Battle of the Somme might have been duds, while modern cluster bombs have a dud rate as high as 20 percent.

The latest Block IV version of the Tomahawk is not the 1980s Tomahawk of Ronald Reagan or Operation Desert Storm. The Block IV is almost a drone, capable of loitering over a target while sending back imagery to ground controllers before being commanded to dive on to the a target. It is also capable of redirected while in flight to one of fifteen pre-planned targets or to a set of GPS coordinates. Over thirty-five years, the navigation system and warhead will naturally have been upgraded.

But it is still a Cold War subsonic cruise missile that seems a bit of a dinosaur when compared to the supersonic and hypersonic weapons that are being developed today. If Russia, which fields an impressive array of tactical missiles, needs to learn from the Tomahawk, then Moscow has problems (and Tomahawks have been used for decadesóitís hard to believe that Russia has never gotten its hands on one until now).

If itís just a question of jamming the Tomahawk, then the United States will modify the missileís systems to compensate for that jamming. Itís the old chess game of electronic warfare. Whenever new radar and communication systems become vulnerable to jamming, then they are upgraded with new or anti-jam equipment. The game goes on.

As Spock once told the Romulans, ďmilitary secrets are the most fleeting of all.Ē

About this writer: Michael Peck is a contributing writer for the National Interest.

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Personal note: Reverse Engineering is the name of the game. There's not much that can be duplicated nowadays. But the brain box is the key to the success of many of these complex weapons. You would think the guidance program would be the first to be destroyed upon impact. Also there can't be much left unless it didn't trigger on impact?
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