throw weight


Definition of throw weight

: the maximum payload of an ICBM

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Recent Examples on the Web And the throw weight of a warhead of a mobile missile? CBS News, "Transcript: Sean Roche talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 1 Jan. 2020 Past warfare was described primarily by tonnage and throw weights, because precision was almost nonexistent. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Google’s Anti-Pentagon Decision Will Kill More People," 29 July 2018 During the Cold War, the U.S. and Russia often negotiated over throw weight, the payload that a missile carries—power over precision. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Google’s Anti-Pentagon Decision Will Kill More People," 29 July 2018 Only in desperation would a heavy cruiser such as the San Francisco engage with a battleship, whose 14-inch guns had five times the throw weight of the U.S. ship’s. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In World War II, San Francisco’s namesake ship was a Navy hero," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of throw weight

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Throw weight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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