04/14/2017 by Julia van der Doesch
CNN’s Gary Tuchman takes viewers inside the facility where Tomahawk missiles like the kind launched at a Syrian government airbase last week are made.
The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile that is primarily used by the United States Navy in ship and submarine-based land-attack operations. Introduced by General Dynamics in the 1970s, it was initially designed as a medium to long-range, low-altitude missile that could be launched from a surface platform. Since then, it has been upgraded several times with guidance systems for precision navigation. It is now manufactured by Raytheon. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense purchased 149 Tomahawk Block IV missiles for $202.3 million.
The missile is named after the tomahawk, a one-handed axe invented by Native Americans in the United States.