any supersonic missile that has a range of 800 to 1,500 nautical miles (1,500 to 2,800 km) and follows a ballistic trajectory after a powered, guided launching. Abbreviations: IRBM, I.R.B.M.
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British Dictionary definitions for intermediate range ballistic missile
a missile that follows a ballistic trajectory with a medium range, normally of the order of 750–1500 miles: Abbreviation: IRBM
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Cultural definitions for intermediate-range ballistic missile
A missile that carries nuclear warheads and is launched from the ground or submarines, but that has a range of only a few hundred to fifteen hundred miles.
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