self-propelled guided weapon system

In general, missile may refer to anything thrown or launched object at a target like a javelin or darts.[1] Nowadays, it means, mostly, a self-propelled guided weapon system.

MBR Topol M [2] at the Moscow parade rehearsal.

Missiles are used in war to destroy military targets. Missiles can carry explosives or other destructive loads. The loads a missile may carry are called a "payload". This payload is not always harmful to people. For example, cruise missiles have carried "graphite bombs" to destroy electrical power systems without much collateral damage.[3]

Types of missilesEdit

The two main kinds of missiles are simple "rockets" and "guided missiles". A rocket is no longer controlled once it has been launched. Most guided missile are also propelled by a rocket engine but can be controlled after it has been launched. Some missiles used in anti-aircraft warfare, such as the AIM-9 Sidewinder, guide themselves with temperature. Others guide themselves by radar or are under radio control.

The V-1 flying bomb was an early cruise missile, a little airplane with a bomb, propelled by a jet engine instead of a rocket.

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  2. "World's military powers". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2010-05-30. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  3. Pike, John. "BLU-114/B "Soft-Bomb"". www.globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2018-10-06.