|Type||:||(BGM)||Surface vessel launched cruise missile.|
|(UGM)||Submarine launched cruise missile.|
|Service history||:||2006-2021, Early RDF Navy.
2021-2033, SC Navy.
|Warhead||:||(R)||High explosive in hardened casing and variable fusing.|
|(T)||W-120 nuclear reaction.|
|(S)||200 x 2.3 kg.|
|(T)||Selectable yield from 5 to 100 kT.|
|Propulsion||:||Solid fuel booster and boron fuel ramjet sustainer.|
|Guidance||:||(R, S)||Global Positioning System and terrain matching for navigation and search radar systems with IIR for terminal homing.|
|(T)||Global Positioning System and terrain matching for navigation and search radar systems with IIR for terminal homing, Permissive Action Link (PAL).|
|Max speed||:||3260 kph.|
|Range||:||520 km with optimal flight path.|
|Platforms||:||(BGM)||Various surface vessels.|
|(UGM)||Daedalus, Prometheus, Warspite.|
The surface-to-surface missiles used by the early RDF Navy were based on the venerable Tomahawk design used by the US Navy from the 1980s onwards. However, the missile had been extensively modified in the Global Civil War. The final pre-Robotech versions introduced a ramjet propulsion system for supersonic speeds, swept wings, very precise navigation systems and a hardened warhead with penetration capabilities. The terminal homing was capable against both land targets and surface ships. The price for this enhanced performance was a reduction in range; even with a ballistic maximum efficiency trajectory followed by a supersonic dive the maximum range was 520 km. A supersonic low-level trajectory limited the range to 135 km. Usually, a combination trajectory was programmed into the missile. The early RDF Navy then had this version modified with Reflex electronics for better penetration (the 109-R missile) and ordered two more versions; one with a cluster warhead and the other a nuclear tipped missile.
The Tomahawk was used in all VLS-equipped surface ships (in the BGM- 109 versions) and in the submarine forces (the UGM-109 versions). However, the missile was never used in its anti-ship mode. The conventional models saw a lot of use in ground-attack modes during the Malcontent Uprisings, but were not fired in the Second Robotech War. Their use during and after the Invid Invasion was limited due to the nature of the occupation.
Go to RDF Surface-Surface Missile Index.
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 28, 1997 1:18 PM