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Missiles in Syria strike built in Tucson

Tomahawk built by Raytheon
Posted at 7:47 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 22:47:33-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Tomahawk missiles used to strike Syria came from Tucson. Raytheon Missile Systems builds the cruise missiles. 

Rocket boosters push them out of launch tubes on Navy ships. Then wings swing out and a jet engine takes the missile the rest of the way to the target.

Each Tomahawk can cost between 850 thousand dollars and one million dollars.  Their accuracy, quick deployment and ability to precisely destroy targets without endangering pilots make them a frequent choice for missions like the strike against the Syrian Air Force Base.

The latest model can circle an area, allow controllers to change its target after launch and hit a moving target.