The requirements U.S Special Operations Command listed for the Stand-Off Precision Guided Weapon Program Cruise Missile seem to defy existing engineering. They are seeking a cruise missile capable of fitting inside a small launch tube with a range of at least 200 nautical miles. At minimum, the missile also needs to be able to carry a 13 pound warhead, although the listing explains a 400 nautical mile range and 37 pound carrying capacity would be ideal. The missile may contain a seeker system with electro-optical and infrared modes, but SOCOM would consider alternative options especially if they allow the weapon to acquire and/or reacquire targets mid-flight. The new long range missile would offer special operations forces a greater degree of separation protection while maintaining firepower.
The Crossroads of Special Operations