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#5102014 - 03/31/11 12:31 PM Silver and the Tomahawk Missile
The_Real_Hawkeye Offline
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Did you all know that each Tomahawk missile contains (and, when used, destroys) five hundred ounces of silver (needed for its high electrical conductivity)? So far, since the start of Obama's war in Libya, they've destroyed three tons of silver over there in launched Tomahawks. Gone for good. Got to be good for the future price of silver.
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#5102025 - 03/31/11 12:37 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
Longbob Offline
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Registered: 10/21/02
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Loc: Denton, TX
I guess we could burn them at the stake and use dollar bills as kindling. Would be cheaper, but slower.

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#5102072 - 03/31/11 12:53 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: Longbob]
RockyRaab Offline
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Registered: 05/23/03
Posts: 12961
Loc: Ogden, Utah
Thirty-one POUNDS of silver per missile? Without a reliable source documenting that claim, I have to throw the penalty flag.

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#5102104 - 03/31/11 01:00 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: Longbob]
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Silver solder maybe but not pure silver!!!
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#5102132 - 03/31/11 01:11 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: FlyboyFlem]
BGunn Offline
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Registered: 10/19/03
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Even if it did, it's only a drop in the bucket ($18,850) out of the $575,000.00 cost of a Tomahawk.

X 119 = I don't even want to know....
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#5102136 - 03/31/11 01:13 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: BGunn]
isaac Offline
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I'm heading to Africa so if anyone has a spare Tomahawk,send it my way.
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#5102151 - 03/31/11 01:19 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: BGunn]
Pugs Offline
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Registered: 05/15/05
Posts: 12102
Loc: Md
Originally Posted By: BGunn
Even if it did, it's only a drop in the bucket ($18,850) out of the $575,000.00 cost of a Tomahawk.

X 119 = I don't even want to know....


Back in the day when were planning Desert Storm TLAMS were a million a pop. See what happens when you buy in volume! smile
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#5102169 - 03/31/11 01:26 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: Pugs]
RockyRaab Offline
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Registered: 05/23/03
Posts: 12961
Loc: Ogden, Utah
A liberal crappola news report I read yesterday claimed that the Tomahawk uses a depleted uranium warhead, as do many of the bombs being used. Complete and utter BS.
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#5102175 - 03/31/11 01:29 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: BGunn]
djs Offline
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Registered: 01/18/06
Posts: 17054
Loc: Virginia
I am certain that a Tomahawk missile does not use 500 oz. of silver, but silver is an excellent conductor of electricity.

In the early 1970's, I toured a Western Electric Company laboratory (AT&T R&D) that was developing the computer for controlling the Nike Zeus anti-missile system. The computer took up an entire room and was a miracle to behold. Each circuit board was shock mounted to the frame, the frame was shock mounted to the floor, and the floor was shock mounted to the foundation, which in turn was shock mounted into bedrock. All this to withstand a near nuclear explosion.

For cooling, the vertical and horizontal frames were hollow and a liquid coolant was circulated to carry off the heat and there was a large heat exchanger outside the facility.

The system worked on low voltage (24 volts if I recall correctly). This required high amperage for the amount of wattage needed. To carry the high amperage (at the low voltage), solid silver bus bars ran overhead. There was no insulation on the bars so I was cautioned not to touch anything. These bars were each about 8" X 8" and 30 feet long - lot's of expensive silver!

At the time I was sworn to secrecy, but now that 40 years have passed, I don't think anyone cares. Certainly today's PC's have more computing capacity than this dinosaur!

I'd forgotten about this until the reference to the Tomahawk's use of silver was mentioned.

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#5102176 - 03/31/11 01:30 PM Re: Silver and the Tomahawk Missile [Re: isaac]
djs Offline
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Registered: 01/18/06
Posts: 17054
Loc: Virginia
Originally Posted By: isaac
I'm heading to Africa so if anyone has a spare Tomahawk,send it my way.


Will it fit through the TSA X-Ray machine?

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