antimissile

adjective
an·ti·mis·sile | \ˌan-tē-ˈmi-səl, ˌan-tī-, chiefly British -ˌsīl\
variants: or anti-missile

Definition of antimissile 

: designed as a defense against missiles The military is worried that it lacks an adequate antimissile system …— John Barry et al.

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Korean car makers were similarly hit when the country decided to install an antimissile defense system. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "How China Can Retaliate Beyond Tariffs," 19 June 2018 Such a tactic, if successfully developed, would help warheads dodge antimissile interceptors. Helene Cooper And Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "U.S. Test of Missile Interceptor Fails Off Hawaiian Coast, Officials Say," 31 Jan. 2018 The main purpose of this unusual delivery method seems to be bypassing any possible antimissile defences. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "4 Ways Russia's Military Is More Advanced Than You Might Think," 25 Nov. 2015 Its military routinely obliterates opposing forces with fighter jets, antimissile batteries and newfangled tunnel-destroying tools. New York Times, "Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy," 13 May 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin has rallied support among Russians, boasting of a nuclear arsenal that could penetrate even the U.S. antimissile defenses. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "After Expulsions, Options Dwindle in Russia and West’s ‘Diplomatic War’," 30 Mar. 2018 To illustrate how quickly Chinese consumers can respond to geopolitical tensions, sales of Hyundai and Kia cars in China plunged following a spat last year between China and South Korea over an antimissile system. Fortune, "These U.S. Businesses Are Most at Risk From a Trade War With China," 7 Mar. 2018 To illustrate how quickly Chinese consumers can respond to geopolitical tensions, sales of Hyundai and Kia cars in China plunged following a spat last year between China and South Korea over an antimissile system. Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg.com, "The U.S. Businesses at Risk From Trade War With China," 7 Mar. 2018 One of those new missiles Putin discussed was the massive RS-28 Sarmat ICBM which boasts countermeasures designed to elude U.S. antimissile systems. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Russia Unveiled a New Arsenal of Nuclear Weapons. Should You Be Scared?," 2 Mar. 2018

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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