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Cruise missiles
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Diagram: the missile reaches its target
Hitting the target
Once the missile hits its target it detonates a 1,000lb warhead.

The missile has been the US weapon of choice in international military incidents since 1991 when it was extensively used in the Gulf War.

Throughout the decade, the US deployed more and more ships capable of firing the Tomahawk cruise missile.

The US military says that the missile is 90% accurate but there is no independent verification of this figure.

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