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Well The Tommahawk cruise missile has a listed range of 2500km, which would, assuming Moscow as a target, allow  a launch from several hundred miles the far side of Ireland, not just in the  gulf of Finland.

The fact that the missiles have a 1000 to 10,000 knots speed is truely irrelevent, whereas the 30 knots of the ships is highly relevant, You have a roughly 15 minute flight time from launch to impact, so youre looking at trying to destroy something that will be somewhere random within a 7 1/2 NM radius, even with large warheads, thats not an easy job.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 10:37:41 AM EST
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