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Why did not the US Tomahawk missile explode in Syria

RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – A Russian military expert highlighted the reasons why US-trained Tomahawk missiles did not explode during the triple strike on Syria on April 14, which Damascus found and transported to Russia.

The military expert, Mikhail Tymoshenko, in a weekly interview, “Zvezda” of the Russian Ministry of Defense, to the existence of a set of assumptions for the failure of the two rockets, likely to be likely to be based on the basic possibilities: the impact of the Syrian electronic jamming system or because of the failure of electronic payment systems at Rocket or fuel depletion.

The expert explained that the Tomahawk missiles are usually equipped with automatic warhead detonation systems if the engine stops working, but these systems did not work with the missiles on the night of the attack, which makes it possible to conclude that certain equipment has been disrupted.

The reason why the two missiles were not significantly damaged during their fall on the ground is also due to their technical advantages, specifically that the Tomahawk missiles are moving towards the intended target at very low altitudes and adapt to the terrain, allowing them to land smoothly during the flight At an altitude of 80-100 meters without being damaged.

In response to a question about the danger of the two missiles being blasted while being transported to Russia, Tikuchinko said the Tomahawk missiles were different from the regular artillery shells, which should be destroyed at the site of their discovery. In contrast, Tomahawk is a winged missile with its own control system, Russian does not yet know the features of the two models found. The expert confirmed that the rockets did not explode in the place where they were found, most likely will not explode elsewhere.

The Russian expert added that the two models currently available to Russia are of interest to the military to identify the systems used in the payment depends on the digital maps of Terrain Terrain, in addition to detect whether these missiles are able to change course, as announced by the Americans, and analysis of capabilities and compared to those owned by rockets Russian winged.

A Russian military source told Interfax news agency that Russian experts were studying the two American missiles and other precision munitions that did not explode during the April 14 strikes and were transferred to Russia. Experts are currently working on the analysis of control and guidance systems and the missile structure cover capable of handling radio waves and other technical standards.

“The results of the analysis will be used to improve the capabilities of anti-precision weapons, primarily in the field of air defense and electronic warfare,” he said.