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air-to-ground missile

Definition of the noun air-to-ground missile

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  1. a missile designed to be launched from an airplane at a target on the ground
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of air-to-ground missile: air-to-surface missile
    • more generic word: missile = a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives


air-to-ground missile a.k.a. Air-to-surface missile: An air-to-surface missile or air-to-ground missile is a missile designed to be launched from military aircraft and strike ground targets on land, at sea, or both. They are similar to guided glide bombs but to be deemed a missile, they usually contain some kind of propulsion system. The two most common propulsion systems for air-to-surface missiles are rocket motors and jet engines. These also tend to correspond to the range of the missiles — short and long, respectively. Some Soviet air-to-surface missiles are powered by ramjets, giving them both long range and high speed.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Space and Astronomy (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

air-to-ground missile (AGM) See AIR-TO -SURFACE MISSILE. air-to-surface missile (ASM) A missile launched from an airborne platform at a surface target. Sometimes referred to as an AGM, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Arms Control and Disarmament (2005)

by Jeffrey Arthur Larsen, Dr. James M. Smith

An air-to-ground missile built by Raytheon and Boeing, it carries a nuclear payload, has a range of 2,000 miles, and was meant to be carried to its launch point under the wing of a B-52 bomber. The ACM (AGM-129A) was first introduced into ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (1999)

by Richard Bowyer

= anti-aircraft missile designed to be fired from an aircraft; air-to-ground missile (AGM) = missile designed to be fired by an aircraft at a target on the ground; See also SURFACE-TO-AIR; air traffic controller = civilian or ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History, 2nd Edition [4 volumes] (2011)

A Political, Social, and Military History by Spencer C. Tucker

following the failure of the army's DART ATM program, the AGM-22 was to become the primary helicopter-borne air-to-ground missile of the war. However ...

Google previewAbbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition (2001)

by Dean A. Stahl, Karen Landen

air-to-ground missile AGM Admiralty General Message; ...

Google previewThe Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2014)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

a Greyhound bus US, 1959 hound dog noun an air-to-ground missile US, 1991 hound-dog verb to track down, to follow, ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary (2002)

A Practical Compilation of Today's Acronyms and Abbreviations

AGI adjusted gross income AGL above ground level AGLP Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists AGM air-to-ground missile AGN active galactic nucleus ; again (shortwave transmission) AGO American Gastroenterolog- ical ...

Google previewThe War on Terror Encyclopedia: From the Rise of Al-Qaeda to 9/11 and Beyond (2014)

From the Rise of Al-Qaeda to 9/11 and Beyond by Jan Goldman Ph.D.

The Hellfire missile is an air-to-ground missile about five and a half feet long that weighs just over 100 pounds and can be fired from attack helicopters and the Predator. The Predator is remotely controlled. A team of three—a pilot and two ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the United States Navy (2011)

by Patricia M. Kearns

The Maverick missile is an eight-foot, two— inch, 462-pound precision-guided, air-to-ground missile used primarily for antitank and antiship roles. It can be launched from a variety of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters with a speed of Mach 1 ...

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Small photo of Panama City, USA - April 11, 2015: An Air Force AGM-65 Maverick missile on an A-10 Warthog attack jet at Tyndall Air Force Base. The Maverick is an air-to-ground missile designed for close air support More...

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