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cruise missile,

low-flying, continuously powered offensive missile designed to evade defense systems. Although the German V-1 (1944) was a simple cruise missile, the cruise missile did not realize its potential until the 1970s, when the United States sought to develop a relatively inexpensive method for delivering weapons over long distances with pinpoint accuracy. The missile, which flies at altitudes of about 50 ft (15 m), has a range of up to 2,000 mi (3,200 km). It uses internally stored computerized maps of its route to follow the contour of the terrain and also makes use of information from navigation satellites to adjust its course. A cruise missile can deliver conventional or nuclear weapons. In its various modifications, it can be launched from aircraft, ships, or ground installations against land or naval targets. The U.S. Navy used conventional Tomahawk cruise missiles (TLAM-C) during the Persian Gulf WarPersian Gulf Wars,
two conflicts involving Iraq and U.S.-led coalitions in the late 20th and early 21st cent.

The First Persian Gulf War, also known as the Gulf War, Jan.–Feb.
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. Several other nations have developed cruise missiles. In 2017 the United States accused Russia of deploying intermediate-range nuclear cruise missiles in violation of the 1987 INF treaty.


See K. Werrell, The Evolution of the Cruise Missile (1985).

cruise missile

[′krüz ‚mis·əl]
(aerospace engineering)
A pilotless airplane that can be launched from a submarine, surface ship, ground vehicle, or another airplane; range can be up to 1500 miles (2400 kilometers), flying at a constant altitude that can be as low as 200 feet (60 meters).

cruise missile

A long-range guided missile that is wing supported and which flies within the atmosphere.
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