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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The 1987 Treaty on Intermediate Nuclear Forces bans the United States and Soviet Union (later Russia) from deploying ground launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,400 miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan’s New Missile Defenses Rankle Russia," 30 Dec. 2017 Low-yield nuclear bombs or cruise missiles don’t fall under that agreement. Alex Ward, Vox, "The most important part of the Trump-Putin summit no one is talking about," 5 July 2018 The payload bays can carry 80 500-pound bombs or 16 2000-pound smart munitions or cruise missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 The administration also launched cruise missile attacks against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a key Putin ally -- a step that Barack Obama failed to take. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's toughness on Russia judged against his predecessors," 9 June 2018 During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the Missouri launched 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles and fired 783 rounds of 16-inch shells. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: The battleship Missouri returns to Long Beach," 25 May 2018 The Pentagon alerted lawmakers before an April 2017 cruise missile attack on Shayrat air base after a similar chemical attack on Syrian civilians. Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-neff And Peter Baker, New York Times, "Mattis Tries to Put Brakes on Possible Syria Strike, to ‘Keep This From Escalating’," 12 Apr. 2018 The Pentagon alerted lawmakers before an April 2017 cruise missile attack on Shayrat air base following a similar chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. Helene Cooper,, "Mattis Expresses Caution on Imminent Strike Against Syria," 12 Apr. 2018 International air-traffic control system Eurocontrol warned airlines flying over the eastern Mediterranean during the next few days to be aware of the possibility of air-to-ground or cruise missile strikes into Syria. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Airlines avoid flying over Syria amid threat of missile strikes," 11 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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