- a winged guided missile designed to deliver a conventional or nuclear warhead by flying at low altitudes to avoid detection by radar.
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Examples from the Web for cruise missile
The U.S. campaign in Yemen has used conventional weaponry on occasion: sorties by Harriers and even some cruise-missile strikes.America’s Secret Libya War
August 30, 2011
The cruise-missile attacks were aimed largely at degrading Libya's antiaircraft defenses, which were considerable.Why Libyan War Is America's War
Stephen L. Carter
March 22, 2011
- an air-breathing low-flying subsonic missile that is continuously powered and guided throughout its flight and carries a warhead
Cruise missiles first came into public awareness during the Persian Gulf War.
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