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smart weapons

A military term used to refer to weapons that, through the use of onboard computers, can guide themselves to their targets. (See cruise missile and laser-guided weapons.)

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smart weapons

Bombs and projectiles guided by lasers and other means, known for their extraordinary accuracy. They have been employed with telling effect by American-led forces in the Persian Gulf War and in other conflicts.

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