On the orders of President Donald Trump, nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched by the U.S. Navy against a Syrian air base at dawn local time last Friday. It’s the first large-scale military operation launched by Trump since he took office in early January.
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It could cost about $60 million to replace the cruise missiles that the U.S. military rained on Syrian targets Thursday night.
The U.S. used 59 of them on a Syrian air base in response to the alleged Syrian government’s chemical-weapons attack that killed scores of civilians earlier this week.
Raytheon referred questions around costs to the U.S. Navy’s U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons program weapons program, which did not immediately return a request for comment.
The missiles used on Thursday likely cost the U.S. military around $1 million, but the latest versions of the missile that would replace those could be more costly, depending on size of the order and other factors, said Dr. Loren B. Thompson, a consultant and chief operating officer of nonprofit Lexington Institute.
Foreign leaders and top politicians are responding to the U.S. airstrike against Syria on Friday morning, with Iran and Russia quickly condemning the attack, but other regional players giving their full support.
– Early on Friday, the U.S. military launched nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian air base on the orders of President Donald Trump.
Trump said the military operation was a response to a alleged “barbaric” chemical weapons attack in Syria that left scores of civilians dead earlier this week, and that the missile strike was of “vital national security” interest to the U.S.
Syria lashed back at the U.S., with the office of President Bashar al-Assad calling the attack, “reckless” and “irresponsible,” according to media reports.
* Comment: Seems odd to spend millions and risk war to destroy an abandoned air base. Not one vehicle or aircraft in sight. – emilgotfried
Syrian jets take off from air base US missiles struck
– This satellite image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows a damage assessment image of Shayrat air base in Syria, following U.S. Tomahawk Land Attack Missile strikes on Friday, April 7, 2017 from the USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Porter (DDG 78), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.
The British-based Observatory, a group monitoring the Syrian war using sources on the ground, said eight people had been killed in the U.S. attack.
The extent of the damage to the Shayrat air base was not entirely clear, but the Syrian warplanes had “done the impossible” in order to continue using it for sorties, the Observatory told Reuters.