President Trump ordered his first known large-scale military action on Thursday, and his weapon of choice was made in South Arkansas.
Press reports say that 59 Tomahawk missiles were launched from the United States Navy destroyers USS Ross and USS Porter the eastern Mediterranean Sea against Syria’s Shayrat air base. Buildings and aircraft were targeted.
The Trump administration believes that the base was the source for a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government on the city of Idlib in which many civilians died.
Raytheon completes the final assembly of Tomahawk cruise missiles at its facility in Camden, Ark.
There are many versions of the Tomahawk, which Raytheon produces for the navies of the United States and Great Britain.
According to publically available information, each missile costs about $1.6 million. They weigh about 2,900 pounds and are between 18 and 20 feet long with a wing span of almost 9 feet. Depending upon their configuration and launch platform, the missiles have a range between 800 and 1,550 miles and travel at subsonic speed.