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The plane is designed to hit 940 mph and cruise at around 55,000 feet, far higher than the typical 35,000 for subsonic airliners.
The extended-range JSOW cruises at subsonic speeds rather than racing toward targets like an air-to-air missile.
The system first detects and classifies a threat, determining if the threat is a supersonic tank round or subsonic missile or rocket.
Bullet-shaped with stubby wings and a Williams turbofan engine, the Tomahawk flies low at subsonic speeds to avoid enemy radar.
The long-range B-52 heavy bomber flies at subsonic speeds and provides a global strike capability.
The B-52 can carry up to 20 of the subsonic, low-flying missiles, releasing them at their maximum range of 1,491 miles to avoid enemy airspace.
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: slower than the speed of sound
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