Bishop: Syria Standoff Underlines Need for Tomahawks

A U.S. attack on Syria could vindicate Rep. Rob Bishop and others in Congress who’ve argued for years that the military doesn’t buy enough Tomahawk cruise missiles. 

Reports Politico:

Bishop is worried about the fledgling supply chain for solid rocket motors, with guided missile programs bringing a lot of money to his district. Demand for the motors that are used to launch Tomahawk missiles from warships and submarines has fallen in recent years because of cuts to U.S. space and missile programs.

For Raytheon, the big question is whether a starring role for the Tomahawk in Syria will lead to a permanent increase in orders for the missiles, which have become a go-to weapon in recent conflicts because of their ability to penetrate sophisticated air-defense systems without risking U.S. lives.

“Cruise missiles are heavily used, particularly so often at the start of any conflict, as sort of the way to open the door,” Bishop said. “When you reduce funding or diminish demand in many of these programs, you really endanger the capability to maintain this missile capability at all.”