The Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile is too experimental a weapon to replace the longstanding Tomahawk missile, writes Steve Russell, retired Army lieutenant colonel, and improving the Tomahawk is a more cost-effective move. "LRASM is years away from proving itself, and LRASM-like missile programs have a pretty poor track record," Russell writes. "The most recent LRASM safety test contract could have purchased more than 70 Tomahawk missiles, replacing about half of those used in Libya."

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