UKs first live testing of new Tomahawk Land attack block 4

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THE Royal Navy are getting ‘smart’ cruise missiles that loiter above the battlefield to kill top terror targets when they emerge.

Admirals say their unique ability to be reprogrammed in mid flight make them devastatingly powerful weapons in the War on Terror.

The Sun can also reveal that the senior service’s first live test firing of the Tomahawk Land Attack Block 4 was last night declared a dramatic success.

In top secrecy, hunter-killer sub HMS Trenchant launched the weapon through a front torpedo tube while submerged somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

More than an hour later, it smacked into a target with pin-point accuracy inside vast Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, hundreds of miles away.

To measure the high tech missile’s performance, a US F16 war jet flew alongside it at speeds faster than 500 mph.

The extraordinary sight was captured by a second top gun in a dramatic video.

Designed to fly at extremely low altitudes to avoid detection on radar, it can be seen on the film tearing through the sky just above sea level side by side with the jet.

Being able to strike at enemies immediately when they appear is vital in the counter-insurgency conflicts such Iraq and Afghanistan.

Key terror targets such as al Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden are often only detected fleetingly before they disappear without trace again.
I know its the Sun but footage is excellant

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,...tml?channel=Sun Exclusive&clipID=1347_SUN2587
 
#5
If the target gets waxed properly, does it really matter the method of launch?

TLAMs are extremely good ordinance which have uses far and above the "war on terror" disclaimers so popular now.
 
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Khyros said:
If the target gets waxed properly, does it really matter the method of launch?
Its a logistical pain in the arrse loading TLAM into torpedo tubes.

And obviously more TLAM = less other ordinance.

You'd think we could have modified Astute for the VLS variant of TLAM although it would have been costlier.

Its alright for you lot, you can afford to convert entire subs to the SSGN role.
 
#9
Great video.

Impressive weapon as long as you are in the ISO container it's aimed at.....
 
#10
Taz_786 said:
Pity we cant vertically launch them.
I believe the new Type 45 destroyers can vertically launch cruise missiles from their Sylver launcher. The French are adapting the storm shadow cruise missile to be fired from Sylver launchers. The existing Sylver modules on the T45s would need to be swapped out for longer ones to accommodate Tomahawk.

The US navy is reputed to be designing a conventional warhead to replace the nuclear warheads in some Trident missiles. Despite containing no explosives, the speed at which it would hit the ground would create a bigger hole than any other conventional missile, vertically launched or not! Rumours that the project is code named 'Strangelove', after the film where the world is destroyed in an accidental nuclear war, have not been confirmed. :D
 
#11
Thats some range template when firing during training.

Are the bright gay colours because its RN?
 
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Ancient_Mariner said:
Taz_786 said:
Pity we cant vertically launch them.
I believe the new Type 45 destroyers can vertically launch cruise missiles from their Sylver launcher. The French are adapting the storm shadow cruise missile to be fired from Sylver launchers. The existing Sylver modules on the T45s would need to be swapped out for longer ones to accommodate Tomahawk.

The US navy is reputed to be designing a conventional warhead to replace the nuclear warheads in some Trident missiles. Despite containing no explosives, the speed at which it would hit the ground would create a bigger hole than any other conventional missile, vertically launched or not! Rumours that the project is code named 'Strangelove', after the film where the world is destroyed in an accidental nuclear war, have not been confirmed. :D
The RN wanted to fit TLAM to T45 but the RAF are in charge of 'Deep Strike' and won't let them. The French maufacturers of Sylver claim it can take TLAM but this has never been tested and I'm not sure Raytheon agree. SCALP-Naval is being developed for use with Sylver, but it has a much lower range than TLAM.
 
#13
Slighty off topic and I apologise,

I saw something on SkyNews/BBCNews 24 not sure which about Britains first testing of a cruise missile that can be fired from a submerged submarine and hit any part of the globe, now I thought that was impressive,

Anyone throw any light on it?
 
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The_0ne said:
THE Royal Navy are getting ‘smart’ cruise missiles that loiter above the battlefield to kill top terror targets when they emerge.

Admirals say their unique ability to be reprogrammed in mid flight make them devastatingly powerful weapons in the War on Terror.

The Sun can also reveal that the senior service’s first live test firing of the Tomahawk Land Attack Block 4 was last night declared a dramatic success.

In top secrecy, hunter-killer sub HMS Trenchant launched the weapon through a front torpedo tube while submerged somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

More than an hour later, it smacked into a target with pin-point accuracy inside vast Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, hundreds of miles away.

To measure the high tech missile’s performance, a US F16 war jet flew alongside it at speeds faster than 500 mph.

The extraordinary sight was captured by a second top gun in a dramatic video.

Designed to fly at extremely low altitudes to avoid detection on radar, it can be seen on the film tearing through the sky just above sea level side by side with the jet.

Being able to strike at enemies immediately when they appear is vital in the counter-insurgency conflicts such Iraq and Afghanistan.

Key terror targets such as al Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden are often only detected fleetingly before they disappear without trace again.
I know its the Sun but footage is excellant

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,...tml?channel=Sun Exclusive&clipID=1347_SUN2587
Very impressive, but its typical of the Matelots to get the wrong bloody Gulf. Still, bettter luck next time.
 
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Ancient_Mariner said:
I believe the new Type 45 destroyers can vertically launch cruise missiles from their Sylver launcher. The French are adapting the storm shadow cruise missile to be fired from Sylver launchers. The existing Sylver modules on the T45s would need to be swapped out for longer ones to accommodate Tomahawk.
Any prospect of using bolt-on-deck launchers like the USN used to use? I believe they are basically revolvers of 4 missiles which are raised to a 45 degree angle for launching.
 
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In top secrecy, hunter-killer sub HMS Trenchant launched the weapon through a front torpedo tube while submerged somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

More than an hour later, it smacked into a target with pin-point accuracy inside vast Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, hundreds of miles away.
Did the yanks know about this in advance, or have the crew of HMS Trenchant simply had enough of boring patrol duties and declared war on the US?

On a more serious note, this worried me.

Admirals say their unique ability to be reprogrammed in mid flight make them devastatingly powerful weapons in the War on Terror.
In the war on terror, they may be useful, but what happens when we take on a technologically advanced enemy who take control of said weapons and redirect them at us? No computer is unhackable, unless I'm missing something.
 
#17
Enjoyed the video very much!
 

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