cruise missile


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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Four Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines were converted in the 2000s to carry up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles each. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Is Preparing to Counter a Submarine Shortage," 28 Nov. 2018 The pump itself is adapted from the UK's aborted Blue Steel cruise missile, and it's designed to supply the rocket with more than 10 gallons of HTP every second. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 The military fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, damaging about 20 Syrian aircraft. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Can Trump actually stop chemical weapons attacks in Syria? We asked two experts.," 11 Apr. 2018 In the end, there were no deaths associated with the series of American airstrikes at three targets using more than 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Russia-U.S. Military Ties Strengthen While Political Ties Fray," 14 July 2018 More than 100 cruise missiles, launched from warplanes and gunboats, struck three Syrian facilities: a scientific research centre used to produce chemical weapons near the capital of Damascus and two military bases further north. The Economist, "America, Britain and France strike Syria," 14 Apr. 2018 In fact, advertising volumes peaked in April of 2017 (when the US and allies launched cruise missile attacks against alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report," 17 Dec. 2018 Russia has flaunted its ability to conduct long-range bomber missions, including one in 2015 in which at least one Tu-160 bomber fired cruise missiles at targets in Syria, where Moscow is supporting another U.S. adversary, President Bashar al-Assad. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Russia to Withdraw Jets From Venezuela After Diplomatic Spat With U.S.," 12 Dec. 2018 The result is expected to be a more aggressive response than last year when the U.S. Navy unilaterally launched a salvo of 59 cruise missile attack against a remote Syrian airbase. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "U.S., Allies Weighing a More Severe Response to Syria's Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack," 10 Apr. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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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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