Russia Just Got Its Hands on One of America’s Most Deadly Weapons Ever

    Michael Peck

    Security, Middle East

    Moscow has a Tomahawk cruise missile—thanks to the conflict in Syria.

    Here’s a tip: if you don’t want the enemy to capture your weapons, then don’t use them.

    But if you’re afraid to use them because they might be captured, then what are good are they?

    Russia is crowing that it has recovered America’s Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched in Syria but failed to explode. Russian officials have promised that examining two unexploded Tomahawks, salvaged by the Syrians and turned over to Moscow, would enable Russia would develop new jamming equipment. “Having this missile in hand, we can clearly understand what channels of communication, information and control, navigation and range finding it has. . . . And knowing all these parameters, we will be able to more effectively counter these cruise missiles at all stages of their combat deployment,” said Vladimir Mikheev, an adviser to the first deputy general director of Russia’s state-owned KRET electronics group.

    Other Russian experts said that the Tomahawks would yield secrets of the latest missile navigation systems (one called it “a textbook on materials science, a textbook on technologies falling from the skies”). There’s a Russian video here, allegedly of Tomahawk debris, though it’s hard to be clear what we’re being shown or where the debris was found.

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