FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tomahawk missiles, like those used in Thursday’s strike on a Syrian airfield, are manufactured at a plant in south Arkansas, according to the company that makes them.
On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump ordered a targeted strike of Shayrat Airfield in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack on April 4. The attack killed or injured hundreds of Syrian people, including women and children, a Pentagon spokesman said.
A total of 59 tomahawk missiles were launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea.
The attacked airfield was used to store chemical weapons, and that’s why it was targeted, according to the Pentagon.
The Camden facility employs about 120 people and also manufactures the Standard Missile and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, Raytheon said.
Each Tomahawk missile costs about $1.6 million, according to the Magnolia Reporter. 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.