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Cruise Missiles

v4.0.0 / TOC (8 chapters) / 01 jul 13 / greg goebel / public domain

* The concept of using a pilotless aircraft as a flying bomb, or "aerial torpedo", goes back to the First World War, but it wasn't until modern electronics technology was developed that the idea became truly practical. Now "cruise missiles" are an important weapon in the arsenals of modern military forces. This document provides a history of the cruise missile, as well as rocket-powered air-launched long-range "standoff weapons" and decoys.

Tomahawk cruise missile against Afghanistan


[1.0] The Aerial Torpedo

[2.0] The V-1 Flying Bomb

[3.0] Cruise Missiles Of The 1950s & 1960s

[4.0] ALCM & SLCM

[5.0] Modern Western Air-Launched Cruise Missiles

[6.0] Soviet-Russian Air-Launched Cruise Missiles

[7.0] Soviet-Russian Naval Cruise Missiles / Chinese Cruise Missiles

[8.0] Decoys


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