When President Trump ordered the U.S. Navy to wreck a Syrian airbase with 59 Tomahawk Missiles in 2017, he could be reasonably sure of the accuracy of the weapons. Secretary of Defense James Mattis reported to Congress that the attack destroyed 20 percent of the Syrian government's operational aircraft in the strike. Of the 59 missiles, 58 of them were direct hits on target.
Compared to other weapons in the U.S. and foreign arsenals, 58 of 59 is an amazing score. That's just what the Tomahawk does.
When you need to blow some stuff up without risking civilian casualties or American troops, the go-to weapon of choice should be the Tomahawk missile. It's no wonder the newly-elected President opted for a Tomahawk strike. It was the safest choice: accurate, destructive, and decisive. The Tomahawk has an operational range of some 2,000 miles, and when it was built, it had one of the most advanced onboard computers of its day, able to hug the ground as it flies at 550 miles per hour to deliver one hell of a wallop of high explosives.
What's more impressive is the accuracy of the missile. A nuclear submarine could fire a Tomahawk from one of its torpedo tubes, targeting a street light some 450 miles away. The missile would land on the target within at least 30 feet. Your smartphone location marker isn't even accurate within 90 feet and these Tomahawks were built in the 1970s.
Let's see your pizza guy do this.
With time, the Tomahawk has only gotten more precise and more deadly, while keeping American sailors far from harm's way. The United States has used the weapon some 2,300 times since it was developed, targeting the likes of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The latest iterations come with a 30-year guarantee (something else your smartphone doesn't have) and requires little to no maintenance. These new missiles pack a bigger punch, and have new onboard computers to allow the missile to be retargeted in mid-air and to hit moving targets, even if they're in the dark or at sea.
Your move, Apple.
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