What is missile?

  • (noun): Rocket carrying passengers or instruments or a warhead.
    See also — Additional definitions below


In a modern military, a missile is a self-propelled guided weapon system. Missiles have four system components: targeting and/or guidance, flight system, engine, and warhead. Missiles come in types adapted for different purposes: surface-to-surface and air-to-surface (ballistic, cruise, anti-ship, anti-tank), surface-to-air (anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic), air-to-air, and anti-satellite missiles.

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Some articles on missile:

... designation for an underwater-launched, surface attack guided missile ... Examples include the UGM-133 Trident II nuclear ballistic missile and the UGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile ...
India And Weapons Of Mass Destruction - Delivery Systems - Cruise Missiles - Nirbhay
... Nirbhay (Sanskrit "Fearless") is a long range, subsonic cruise missile being developed in India ... The missile will have a range of 1,000 km and will arm three services, the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force ... The first test flight of the missile is expected in the year 2012 ...
United States Army Space And Missile Defense Command
... The United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) is a specialized major command within the United States Army ... and 53rd Signal Battalion (SATCOM) 100th Missile Defense Brigade (GMD), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado 49th Missile Defense Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard, Fort Greely, Alaska U.S ... Army Space and Missile Defense Command / U.S ...
R-39 Rif
... RSM-52 ) was a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that served with the Soviet Navy from its introduction in 1983 until 1991, after which it served with the Russian Navy until 2004 ... The missile had GRAU indices of 3M65, 3M20, and 3R65 ... An intercontinental missile, the R-39 had a three-stage solid-fuel boost design with a liquid-fuel post-boost unit carrying up to ten MIRV warheads ...

More definitions of "missile":

  • (noun): A weapon that is thrown or projected.
    Synonyms: projectile

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