New sea Tomahawk to counter threat of Chinese expansion
The Tomahawk cruise missile, one of America’s most successful and combat-proven weapons, has been modified to take on an antiship role to help counter the threat posed by the rapid expansion of China’s navy.
A new version of the missile, known as the Tomahawk Block V, is being fitted with a maritime target-seeking system to track and hit enemy warships from more than 1,000 miles away.
The Tomahawk, previously a land-attack weapon fired from surface ships and submarines, can hit a warship steaming at 20-30 knots. It is viewed as a crucial part of the Pentagon’s strategy to build sufficient size and firepower to deter China from pursuing military domination in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Tomahawk Block V, a subsonic missile with a maximum