Tuesday, November 29, 2011

U.K. sub tests Tomahawk at Eglin

A British submarine, HMS Astute, earlier this month test fired Tomahawk cruise missiles from a location in the Gulf of Mexico to a target at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The tests were designed to show the new class of sub capable of using the Tomahawk cruise missile. The first launch tested a Block III Tomahawk, followed by a torpedo tube-launched Block IV Tomahawk. The Astute class of sub is built by BAE Systems, and will continue trials in the U.S. until the early spring before returning to the U.K. for more training before her first operational deployment. (Sources: Wired, 11/17/11, BayNet, 11/28/11)