Special Report

The Bombs and Missiles Used by the US Military

31. RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM)
> Bomb type: Ship self defense
> Service branch user(s): U.S. Navy
> Made by: Raytheon

An American and German joint development, the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), is a powerful lightweight and low cost system designed for defense against cruise missiles and other threats from the air and surface. The majority of U.S. Navy ship classes, as well as many patrol boats, aircraft carriers, and destroyers, are outfitted with variants of the RIM-116 system.

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32. Seasparrow Missile (RIM-7)
> Bomb type: Surface-to-air missile
> Service branch user(s): U.S. Navy
> Made by: Raytheon and General Dynamics

The Seasparrow is a radar guided homing missile designed to defend against a range of air and surface threats. Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships are all equipped with the Seasparrow RIM-7 system.

The top speed and range of these missiles are classified, though they each carry a 90 pound warhead. As of 2019, a single seasparrow missile cost a reported $165,400.

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33. Standard Missile Family
> Bomb type: Surface-to-air, surface-to-surface missile
> Service branch user(s): U.S. Navy
> Made by: Raytheon

The Standard Missile family serves as the U.S. Navy’s primary surface-to-air defense and surface-to-surface missile. The Standard Missile-6, the latest and most advanced iteration of the weapon, has an extended range – of about 230 miles – and capability, able to not only defend against cruise missiles, but also aerial drones and surface ships.

34. Tomahawk Cruise Missile
> Bomb type: Long -ange subsonic cruise missile
> Service branch user(s): U.S. Navy
> Made by: Raytheon

Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles are carried by U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines for the purposes of deep land attack. Tomahawks are low flying with a range up to 1,000 miles and a 1,000 pound payload. They were first used in combat during Operation Desert Storm in 1991,

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35. Trident II (D5) Missile
> Bomb type: Submarine launched strategic nuclear missiles
> Service branch user(s): U.S. Navy
> Made by: Lockheed Martin and Space Co.

The Trident II (D5) ballistic missiles make up one of the three legs of the U.S. nuclear triad strategy. Deployed on Ohio-class submarines, Trident are submarine-launched ballistic missiles. This leg is considered the most survivable leg of the triad. Each Ohio-class submarine can hold up to 20 of these missiles, which weigh 130,000 pounds and have a range of 4,600 miles.

Trident missiles can be equipped with multiple nuclear warheads at once and cost a reported $30.9 million each.

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