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Supersonic BGM-109 Tomahawk proposed

fightingirish

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turboshaft@Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums said:
Av Week reports that Raytheon has proposed a supersonic variant of the BGM-109 to the ONR, offering a M2.0-2.2 cruise and 520-565 nm range. Target EIS is 2016. Pretty interesting if doable.
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Shouldn't such a thing make at least some attempt at stealth?
 

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dan_inbox said:
Shouldn't such a thing make at least some attempt at stealth?

It would drive the cost sky high and ensure it never got built. And 90% of the targets wouldn't require it anyway. The US is even retiring it's best cruise missiles (the stealthy AGM-129) rather than convert them to conventional. Not sure why. Only thing I can come up with is the idea of handing an enemy stealth technology doesn't appeal.
 

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