war·​head | \ ˈwȯr-ˌhed \

Definition of warhead 

: the section of a missile containing the explosive, chemical, or incendiary charge

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Although several countries field tactical ballistic missiles, including Russia’s 9K720 Iskander tactical ballistic missile and South Korea’s Hyunmoo 2A ballistic missile, both deliver their warheads using high altitude ballistic trajectories. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Developing a Unique Supersonic Glide Weapon," 16 Oct. 2018 John Bolton, the national security adviser, said North Korea could dismantle its nuclear programme and surrender its warheads within a year. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 July 2018 To meet these requirements North Korea would have to dismantle its nuclear warheads, means of producing nuclear materials, and nuclear weapons research facilities, and submit to unprecedented monitoring and verification measures. Kelsey Davenport, Time, "This Is What Trump Needs to Do to Make North Korea Get Rid of Their Nukes," 13 June 2018 What North Korea still hasn’t provided is a list with the location of all nuclear facilities, including research and development, uranium enrichment, warhead construction and weapons storage. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "North Korea’s Baby Steps," 8 Oct. 2018 In addition to the production of weapons-grade nuclear material, a nuclear weapons program requires other key elements, such as warhead design and reliable delivery systems. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, "Fact check: Trump's claim that Iran could build nuclear weapons in seven years," 8 May 2018 In 2021 the curbs on warhead numbers and the protocols for exchanging information provided by the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) of 2011 will lapse unless it is extended. The Economist, "Old deals to limit nuclear weapons are fraying. They may not be repaired," 5 May 2018 Moreover, North Korea's nuclear program today is sufficiently advanced that even a freeze would leave the country with enough plutonium to make 10 nuclear warheads. Barbara Demick, latimes.com, "Whatever comes next, North Korea's Kim Jong Un can claim a win against Trump," 10 Mar. 2018 The Pentagon seems to have succeeded in its effort to persuade Congress to fund the development of a low-yield warhead for submarines. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of warhead was in 1898

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: the part of a missile that contains the explosive

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