One of the leading US defense research centers, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LALN), has developed a replacement for the traditional fuel for Tomahawk cruise missiles. It is made on the basis of corn bran.
Tomahawks are the most numerous type of cruise missile in the US military arsenal, and have been in use since the 1970s. Suffice it to say that they are armed with 145 US Navy ships - a total of about 4, 000 cruise missiles.
The Tomahawks are powered by Williams International F415 turbojet engines powered by JP-10 hydrocarbon fuel. In contrast, the new biofuel does not require the use of aggressive acids in the production process, which makes it environmentally friendly.
The fuel is made from a by-product that comes from the manufacture of ethanol from corn. For the record, American farmers plant 90 million acres of corn every year. (36.5 million hectares), which is then used to produce a variety of raw materials, from corn syrup to livestock feed. According to LALN, replacing JP-10 with biofuels will reduce production costs by 50% and create thousands of new jobs in the United States.