Intercontinental ballistic missile

ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,500 kilometres

ICBM is an acronym. It stands for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.[1] It is a missile that can travel so far that it be used from one continent to another. The missile is guided, which means it can be controlled to hit a target. The missile carries a bomb, which can be a normal or nuclear warhead. (A warhead is a special bomb put on the ends of missiles.) Most of the time, it will be a nuclear warhead. They are mostly used for nuclear weapons delivery but can also carry chemical and biological weapons. They can be launched from silos in the ground or underwater from submarines.

A trident missile, launched from a submarine


  1. Wragg, David W. (1973). A Dictionary of Aviation (first ed.). Osprey. p. 162. ISBN 9780850451634.