cruise missile

noun

Definition of cruise missile

: a guided missile that has a terrain-following radar system and that flies at moderate speed and low altitude

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However, cruise missiles and drones fly far closer to the ground, making them harder for radar to detect. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Billions spent on U.S. weapons didn’t protect Saudi Arabia’s most critical oil sites from a crippling attack," 17 Sep. 2019 The Houthis unveiled the new cruise missiles this past July and claimed to have new longer-range drones as well. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Missiles and drones that hit Saudi oil fields: Made in Iran, but fired by whom?," 16 Sep. 2019 The Naval Strike Missile is a sea-skimming cruise missile that is difficult to spot on radar, and can maneuver to avoid enemy defenses, according to Raytheon, the main US contractor for the weapon. Brad Lendon, CNN, "US Navy adds powerful new missile in Pacific," 11 Sep. 2019 Raytheon makes the Patriot missile-defense system and the Tomahawk cruise missile. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Aerospace giants Raytheon, United Technologies announce merger," 10 June 2019 Western experts and President Trump have suggested the explosion occurred while the Russian military was testing a novel type of cruise missile design that uses nuclear propulsion, which NATO refers to as the Skyfall missile. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Russia Identifies 4 Radioactive Isotopes From Nuclear Accident," 26 Aug. 2019 The missile was once banned under the INF treaty and looks like a tomahawk cruise missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Leaving Treaty, U.S. Tests Ground Launched Cruise Missile," 20 Aug. 2019 Yet for all the hype, Russia’s early tests of the cruise missile appeared to fail, even before last week’s disaster. David E. Sanger, BostonGlobe.com, "Fatal explosion in Russia released radiation, giving United States pause," 12 Aug. 2019 The Trump administration broadened the review to encompass threats such as advanced cruise missiles and hypersonic technologies. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Trump Outlines Broader Missile-Defense Strategy," 17 Jan. 2019

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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cruise missile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cruise missile

: a large military weapon that flies close to the ground and is directed to a specific place to explode

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