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  Cruise missile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
While ballistic missiles were the preferred weapons for land targets, heavy nuclear and conventional tipped cruise missiles were seen by the USSR as a primary weapon to destroy US carrier battle groups.
Cruise missiles are well-suited to assassination, but most organizations with the means to fund development avoid assassination as a policy.
However, the same counterargument applies to cruise missiles as to other types of UAVs, which is that cruise missiles are still cheaper than human pilots when total training and infrastructure costs are taken into account, not to mention the intrinsic value of human life.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cruise_missile   (1205 words)

 Cruise Missile - MSN Encarta
A cruise missile is so accurate that it can be aimed not just at a building, but at a specific place in the building, such as a door or window.
Warheads used in the JASSM cruise missile are filled with a type of explosive material that will not blow up if the warhead is dropped accidentally, or even if the airplane carrying the missile catches fire on the ground.
The United States produced thousands of these new missiles, including the Tomahawk, made by General Dynamics (now Raytheon), which could be launched from ships, submarines, or trucks, and the Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), made by The Boeing Company, which was launched by B-52 bombers.
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 Cruise Missiles
Cruise missiles, being aerodynamic vehicles, do not need the rapid response cycle time that ballistic missiles must have to keep the vehicle under control and on an appropriate track.
Most cruise missiles designed to fly at high speeds are not similarly able to fly at slow speeds without dramatic changes in the wing planform in flight.
Three key concerns of the cruise missile threat are (1) range extension to ranges greater than 500 km, (2) the ability to penetrate defenses, and (3) any technologies that reduce the cost of manufacture and therefore increase the size of a cruise missile in-ventory.
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 BGM-109 Tomahawk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile with stubby wings.
Ground Launch Cruise Missiles (GLCM) and their truck-like launch vehicles were destroyed to comply with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
For submarine-launched missiles, after being ejected from the torpedo tube by gas pressure (via the VLS) or hydraulically (via a horizontal torpedo tube), the solid-fuel booster is ignited to exit the ocean and for the first few seconds of airborne flight.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tomahawk_cruise_missile   (1255 words)

 The Danger Of The Low-Cost Cruise Missile
Cruise missiles such as the Raytheon Tomahawk have proven themselves as an extremely cost-effective method of delivering a wide range of ordinance with pin-point accuracy against targets that may be up to 1,000 miles from the launch point.
The fact that the German V1 "flying bomb", perhaps the first practical implementation of the cruise missile concept, was also powered by a pulsejet speaks volumes for the practicality of using such a powerplant today.
Most existing hi-tech cruise missiles are designed for launch by way of a solid-rocket booster to get them up to flying speed, or they're dropped from an aircraft already flying at speed and altitude.
www.aardvark.co.nz /pjet/cruise.shtml   (2001 words)

 Cruise Missile Technology
Cruise missile is yet another type of missile - which is considerably different from the normal ballistic missile - especially in its trajectory, guidance and mode of propulsion as will be clear from the paragraphs which follow.
The Cruise missile is ballistically crude (it looks like an aircraft) and has a large CRH (Circumference Radius Head) - and a pair of stubby wings.
Tomahawk sea launched cruise missile, an unmanned weapon that for a decade has promised to alter the course of future conflicts.
www.defencejournal.com /oct98/cruise_missile_tech.htm   (1625 words)

 CNS - DPRK/Iraq Missile Events Raise Troubling Questions for Missile Defenses - April 8, 2003 - Research Story of the ...
Nonetheless, Iraq's surprising use of HY-2 anti-ship cruise missiles to attack land targets in Kuwait suggests that the threat from anti-ship cruise missiles should not be dismissed as readily as it has been.
The cruise missile's steady horizontal flight pattern permits release of the agent along a line of contamination, and enables the cruise missile to release and spray agent at right angles to the wind direction and upwind of the target area, greatly increasing dissemination efficiency.
Cruise missiles are likely to figure increasingly into the many nations' defense plans due to their relatively low cost and the improving capacity of the United States and its regional partners to defend against ballistic missiles.
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However, the Regulus II cruise missile project was cancelled on December 18, 1958, as the United States Navy decided to develop the submarine-launched Polaris ballistic missile, instead, and the Regulus I cruise missile remained in service until 1964, on the USS Halibut, with 514 of them being built.
The 11-ton Regulus II cruise missile, which was powered by a General Electric J79 jet engine, had a wingspan of 20 feet and 1 inch (6.12 meters), a length of 57 feet and 6 inches (17.5 meters), a range of 1,380 miles (2,220 km), and 54 of them were built.
The first missile on the left is a Bomarc missile, which used the Regulus II crusie missile as a target drone.
www.angelfire.com /realm3/roynagl/regulus.htm   (407 words)

 AllRefer.com - cruise missile (Military Affairs (nonnaval)) - Encyclopedia
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).
The U.S. Navy used conventional Tomahawk cruise missiles (TLAM-C) during the Persian Gulf War.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/C/cruisemi.html   (279 words)

 Foreign Affairs - The Cruise Missile: The End of Arms Control? - Alexander R. Vershbow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Unlike a rocket-driven ballistic missile, which leaves the atmosphere at supersonic speeds and sails to its target in a bullet-like, arched trajectory, a cruise missile is continuously propelled by air-breathing jet engines, and flies at subsonic speeds without leaving the atmosphere.
But today's advanced cruise missiles, as a result of rapid and simultaneous progress in several areas of technology (guidance, accuracy, engine propulsion-efficiency, fuel power and economy, warhead miniaturization), will be able to equal the performance of ballistic missiles in almost all respects-range, accuracy, kill-probability, penetrability-and at markedly lower unit costs.
The Air Force's new air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) and the Navy's sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM) are quite similar in terms of their performance; while they cannot easily be used interchangeably, they can be treated as one for purposes of discussion.
www.foreignaffairs.org /19761001faessay10208/alexander-r-vershbow/the-cruise-missile-the-end-of-arms-control.html   (736 words)

 Cruise Missile
On the up-side, the missile has been completed (apart from some minor work that is relatively inconsequential) and, to ensure that the testing will proceed at sometime in the New Year, it is no longer in my possession -- but it is in safe hands.
Some time ago I wrote an article in which I suggested that it would not be difficult for terrorists to build their own relatively sophisticated cruise missiles using off-the-shelf components and materials.
Obviously the goal of this website is not to provide terrorists or other nefarious types with the plans for a working cruise missile but to prove the point that nations need to be prepared for this type of sophisticated attack from within their own borders.
www.interestingprojects.com /cruisemissile   (813 words)

 Military Review: China's cruise missile program
Cruise missiles would offer China a precision-strike capability at a much lower cost than developing and training a modern air force would.
Missiles require less maintenance than a fleet of modern jet aircraft; are suitable against land- and sea-based targets; are relatively cheap and reliable; and have few vulnerable parts.
Technologies available on the commercial market have eliminated many of the barriers to cruise-missile proliferation, and many components used in cruise missiles are common to commercial aircraft.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0PBZ/is_1_84/ai_n6112517   (356 words)

 NZ Man Builds Own Cruise Missile For Less That $5,000
Bruce Simpson has stated on his website that he intends to construct "cruise missiles", which are taking shape in his shed near Auckland.
They are divided over whether the missile plans he has posted online encourage terrorism or simply raise awareness that the technology is widely available.
He was able to buy online the electronic parts needed to guide the missile once fired and import them and was alarmed at the ease with which he was able to pursue his project.
www.rense.com /general38/cruise.htm   (467 words)

Regulus was also critical in paving the way for the development of today's sophisticated Tomahawk cruise missile, and served as an important nuclear deterrent in the early days of the Cold War and during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A second generation supersonic Regulus II Cruise Missile was under development to succeed Regulus I with a range of 1,200 nautical miles and a speed of Mach 2.
The RAM concept was deployed to the Western Pacific on six carrier deployments with missile launch conducted by a submarine or heavy cruiser and subsequent control to target to be conducted by pilots from supporting aircraft carriers.
www.wa3key.com /regulus.html   (932 words)

 Terrorism - The Real Missile Threat: Cruise not Ballistic
It is not hard to figure out the threat such missiles pose.  Because the military's air defense systems are not good at recognizing such threats, simple and unsophisticated cruise missiles pose a unique challenge.
Compared with ballistic missiles, cruise missiles are expected to be much more accurate (by a factor of at least 10), less costly (by at least half) and, because of their aerodynamic stability, substantially more effective in delivering chemical or biological payloads (conservatively, enlarging the lethal area for biological attacks by at least 10 times).
Currently, more than 80,000 cruise missiles comprised of 75 different systems are deployed in at least 81 countries.  Roughly 90 percent of the existing missiles are short-range systems, having a range of about 100 km.
www.cdi.org /terrorism/cruise-pr.cfm   (690 words)

 cruise missile on Encyclopedia.com
Cruise missiles: the 'poor man's air force': Bryan Dorn warns that it will be difficult to prevent p...
CRUISE MISSILE [cruise missile] low-flying, continuously powered offensive missile designed to evade defense systems.
The US Navy's BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile; the problem weapon for arms control negotiators.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/c1/cruisemi.asp   (328 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Pakistan fires new cruise missile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Pakistan says it has fired its first cruise missile, describing the launch as a "milestone" in its history.
The Babur missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads and has a range of 500km (310 miles), a military spokesman said.
The BBC's Zaffar Abbas in Islamabad says Pakistan's cruise missile test is likely to ring alarm bells in many countries.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/south_asia/4140692.stm   (477 words)

 Aerospaceweb.org | Ask Us - Storm Shadow Cruise Missile
I assume you must be referring to the Storm Shadow cruise missile that has received some press attention during the recent Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Storm Shadow was designed to meet a British and French requirement for an air-launched long-range precision-guided cruise missile incorporating stealth characteristics and able to penetrate hardened targets.
Both missiles were largely based on the earlier French Apache anti-runway weapon but incorporate new guidance systems and warheads.
www.aerospaceweb.org /question/weapons/q0120.shtml   (662 words)

Much like the United States original Tomahawk cruise missile used in the First Gulf War, the AS-15 is designed to fly at a low altitude using internal guidance and the Terrain Contour Matching System.
Although the new generation of Tomahawk cruise missiles, used in the recent war in Iraq, were upgraded to a more precise and cost effective GPS system, the older AS-15 is still considered an advanced weapons system which can land just a few dozen meters from its target, when launched from a distance of 3000 km.
But modern cruise missiles are obviously much more sophisticated fly much lower and faster than their V-I predecessors, thus leaving the bulk of the cruise missile defense to ground based air defense systems.
www.isracast.com /Transcripts/210305a_trans.htm   (872 words)

 Cruise Missile Gap May Help Explain Iraq Bypass   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
During the critical early days of any offensive into Iraq, cruise missiles would be the vanguard to attack systems and tactical aircraft; deny forward movement of enemy forces; neutralize enemy operations; suppress enemy air defenses; attack electrical generating facilities, command and control nodes, and weapons assembly/storage facilities.
According to the Pentagon’s cruise missile budget authority for FY 2001 and FY 2002, the Air Force recently contracted to convert an additional 322 missiles from nuclear to conventional.
The subsonic air-launched cruise missiles will be conventionally armed and will have a range of more than 1,000 miles.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2002/1/10/175014.shtml   (915 words)

 NAVY FACT Sheet - TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Long range, subsonic cruise missile, conventionally armed for anti-surface warfare, and conventionally and nuclear armed for land attack versions.
Tomahawk is an all-weather submarine/surface combatant launched anti-ship or land attack cruise missile.
After launch, a solid propellant rocket booster propels the missile until a small turbofan engine takes over for the cruise portion of the flight.
www.emergency.com /tomafact.htm   (292 words)

 BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | DIY cruise missile in garage
A New Zealand man says he is building a cruise missile in his garage with parts bought on the internet - for less than $5,000.
Mr Simpson told Radio New Zealand the low cost cruise missile was "like a small aircraft powered by a jet engine", and that he expected to have it flying by the end of the month.
The paper also said neighbours did not appear to be aware that Mr Simpson had turned his attentions to missiles, although they did know he was testing pulse jets in his shed, north-west of Auckland.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/asia-pacific/2960218.stm   (368 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Cruise Missiles Work"
Tomahawk cruise missiles frequently appear in the news because they are the U.S. weapon of choice for a variety of quick-strike operations.
With all of the missiles in the U.S. arsenal, have you ever wondered why cruise missiles seem to come up so often?
In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we will look at cruise missiles so that you can understand what they are, how they operate and why they are ideal for certain scenarios.
www.howstuffworks.com /cruise-missile.htm   (74 words)

 BBC NEWS | Europe | Cruise missile row rocks Ukraine
It added that the missiles were not exported with nuclear warheads.
The Kiev Court of Appeals is examining the case, and "a few Ukrainian and Russian citizens are suspects," the statement said.
The Kh-55, known in the West as the AS-15, is designed to carry a nuclear warhead with a 200-kiloton yield.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/4361505.stm   (269 words)

 Babur Cruise Missile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The fact that the development of the missile by Pakistan went undetected was because of the fact that it was never developed by Pakistan.
If a complex system, such as a cruise missile, were to be developed from scratch it would take years if not decades of testing to acquire the confidence that General Prevez Musharaf expressed.
Enagagement of cruise missile will be greatly assisted by the acquisition and the integration of the Phalcon AWACS from Israel in the years to come.
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This would be a plausible claim were it not for the fact that a 757 has very large wings which would be clearly visible in these photos if they had in fact been sheared off.
It is designed to minimize wind resistance, not to serve as a missile warhead, and would be destroyed upon the initial impact with the first exterior wall of the building.
Very much resembling a small military jet, it is in fact a cruise missile with wings.
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