How Much Do Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Cost? A Receipt for Trump’s Syria Attack

How much do tomahawk missiles cost? The price of the US-UK-French attack on Damascus, SyriaLast Saturday, as most are surely aware, the prime ministers of France and the UK assisted failed meatpacking-entrepreneur Donald Trump in violating all the most important international laws by attacking Syria in Damascus and Homs. For whatever reason, the US-led coalition thought it was a good idea to get revenge against Syria for an alleged gas-attack by blowing up any hypothetical evidence that might have proven the Syrian government was behind said gas-attack. The truth, it seems, was part of the price we pay for — well, no one can really be sure (since the evidence blew up) but dammit our freedom is safe and that’s what counts. The other part of the price is mostly really expensive bombs.

What Is the Price of Attacking Syria?

For the price of the US-led attack on Syria, everyone in this stadium could have 5000 dollars
For the price of the US-led attack on Syria, everyone in this stadium could have $5000

​Altogether, the Brits chipped in 8 stormshadow missiles, the French (not to be outdone) threw down 9 stormshadows plus 3 Missiles de Croisière Navals, and the US furnished 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 19 JASSM-ER (joint air to surface standoff missiles – extended range). The total price for all 105 bombs was a measly $177 million. And to get an idea of how staggeringly large $177 million is, think of it this way – if you filled every seat in the Fenway Park stadium, $177 million would be enough to hand out about $5000 cash to every person.

\mathtt{\$1,048,030 \times 8 \text{ Stormshadow missiles }\ = \$8,384,240} \mathtt{\$1,048,030 \times 9 \text{ Stormshadow missiles }\ = \$9,432,270} \mathtt{\$3,300,000 \times 3 \text{ MdCN } = \$9,900,000} \mathtt{\$1,869,000 \times 66 \text{ Tomahawk cruise missiles }\ = \$123,354,000} \mathtt{\$1,359,000 \times 19 \text{ JASSM-ER }\ = \$25,821,000} \mathtt{\$8,384,240 + \$9,432,270 + \$9,900,000 + \$123,354,000 + \$25,821,000 =} \mathtt{\$176,891,510 \text{ or about}\ \$177 \text{ million}}

How Much Does a Tomahawk Cruise Missile Cost?

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A look at the US Department of Defense’s 2017 budget request shows that each Tomahawk cruise missile costs a mere $1.869 million. According to its maker Raytheon, this hellish metal vulture “can circle for hours, shift course instantly on command and beam a picture of its target to controllers halfway around the world before striking with pinpoint accuracy.” Each time the US fires off one of these bad boys, imagine 60 full-time, living-wage jobs ripping through the air above a group of frightened Arab children…

\mathtt{2,087 \text{ hours per-year}\times \$15 \text{ wage} = \$31,305} \mathtt{\$1,869,000\div\$31,305 = 59.7029 \text{ or about 60 full-time jobs per tomahawk cruise missile}}

Or, as an alternative, one might imagine a building in Damascus being leveled by a year’s worth of food for 1,242 of the poorest US-Americans (Avg. Yearly SNAP Benefits).

\mathtt{\text{Avg. Yearly SNAP Benefits received: } \$1,504.8} \mathtt{\$1,869,000\div\$1,504.8 = 1,242.0255 \text{ or about 1,242 hungry US-Americans}}

How Much Does a Tomahawk Cruise Missile Cost?

How Much Does the JASSM-ER Cost?

While Lockheed-Martin’s joint air to surface standoff missile or JASSM may lack the Tomahawk’s added cultural-appropriation, they still get the job done (if that job is killing people) at a bargain price of $1.359 million. As Lockheed-Martin’s website says — “with superior performance and affordable price, JASSM offers the best value of any weapon in its class.” Using the same units of measurement above, each JASSM-ER is about enough to create 43 US-American jobs or to provide food for a year for 903 hungry people.

Total Cost of Trump’s Illegal Attack on Damascus

Adding the total cost for 19 JASSM-ER (“extended range”) to the 66 Tomahawk missiles Trump launched during his little terror-attack on Syria last weekend brings the total cost for US missiles to….

\mathtt{\$25,821,000 + \$123,354,000 = \$149,175,000}

…about $149.2 million! Yay. For perspective, $149.2 million is equal to the yearly incomes of about 2,640 US-American households at the median. In a world that made sense, this $149.2 million might have funded coverage for 45,647 people as part of a universal healthcare program or employed 4,765 workers as part of a self-managed federal job guarantee.

\mathtt{\text{ Median Household Income:} \$56,516} \mathtt{\$149,175,000\div\$56,516 = 2639.5180 \text{ or about 2,640 US household-incomes}} \mathtt{\text{ Avg. Per-Person Healthcare Spending in OECD Countries:} \$3,268} \mathtt{\$149,175,000\div\$3,268 = 4,5647.1848 \text{ or about 45,647 people with healthcare}} \mathtt{2,087 \text{ hours}\times \$15 \text{ wage} = \$31,305} \mathtt{\$149,175,000\div\$31,305 = 4,765.21322 \text{ or about 4,765 full-time, living wage jobs created}}

But all of this math is just a fun thought experiment. Public spending could — in theory, of course — create more jobs or ensure that people have access to healthcare or food but then Raytheon’s stock prices would never have increased by 3.2% over the weekend. And besides, using public funds to promote the general welfare or public safety and happiness would be socialism. Where would that leave the shareholders? Think about it.

In solidarity,
John Laurits

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Leon Stephens

The most extraordinary aspect of the US hypocrisy in these scenarios they so carefully stage is the notion of the US taking revenge against, or punishing – in the name of the Syrian people, presumably – the Assad government for “killing its own people”, that little phrase the White House and their lapdog media have been singing (very much out of tune) for the last seven years since the *humanitarian* intervention in Libya to prevent Gaddafi from “killing his own people”. Who exactly, among the Syrian people, or any other, has assigned to the US military the task of taking revenge in their interest for these crimes or alleged crimes by killing more! civilians? When Benghazi was supposedly threatened by “its own government”, the US Air Force, acting as al-Qaeda’s Air Force, bombed the city to smithereens, protecting civilians we must assume by murdering… Read more »


And who are you kidding; the gassing of babies is another set up by the CIA. Yes indeed; strangely familiar all this; much like the lies we were all told so that the Washington could manufacture an excuse to invade and bomb Iraq ( leaving 100000 Iraquis killed.) Do you actually think anyone outside of media manipulated America believes the lies anymore? America is the world’s terrorist. No doubt most of you know nothing about the thousands of protests occurring right now around the world against American aggression and the bombing of Syria. No doubt you all think you are ‘saving’ people by bombing the shit out of their country. You people need ‘saving’ from that mad man Trump; maybe we can get someone to come bomb the shit out of your country to ‘punish’ Trump. Then you all might get a clue. And… Read more »

Leon Stephens

Robert Fisk has published an article, after visiting Douma, which makes it clear that in fact there was no gas attack: a doctor in the town affirms that the video showing a number of very sick people is authentic, but they were suffering from oxygen deprivation due to a sandstorm, not gas poisoning. No one in the town had any information about a gas attack. Another reporter has published an article saying virtually the same.

So much for the excuse for what is undeniably a crime of totally unprovoked military aggression on the part of the US government.