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Air-to-surface missile

Definition of the noun air-to-surface missile

What does air-to-surface missile mean as a name of something?


  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-surface missile: air-to-ground missile
    • more generic word: missile = a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives


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.

  • also known as air-to-ground missile, ATGM, air-to-ground tactical missile, AGM, ASM

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Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

air-to-surface missile (ASM)A missilelaunched from an airborne vehicle ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Arms Control and Disarmament (2005)

by Jeffrey Arthur Larsen, Dr. James M. Smith

and irreversibility SUBROC Submarine rocket SVC Special Verification Commission TASM Tactical air-to-surface missile TEL Transporter erector launcher THAAD Theater high-altitude air defense TMD Theater missile defense TNF Theater ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Space and Astronomy (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

air-to-surface missile (ASM) A missile launched from an airborne platform at a surface target. Sometimes referred to as an AGM, ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Space Technology, Revised Edition (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

air-to-surface missile (ASM) A MISSILE launched from an airborne ...

Google previewThe New Weapons of the World Encyclopedia (2007)

An International Encyclopedia from 5000 B.C. to the 21st Century by Diagram Group

Acoustic Sensor System TASM Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile TATB TriAmino- TrinitroBenzene (ultra high explosive) TATP Triacetonetriperoxide (liquid explosive) TDD Target Detecting Devices TEL Transporter-Erector-Launcher ( missile) ...

Google previewAbbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition (2001)

by Dean A. Stahl, Karen Landen

application system; assault squadron as airscoop; air-to-surface missile; alloy steel; alto sax; antiseptic; aortic stenosis; asymmetric a-s ascendance-submission a/s account sales; after sight; airspeed; ...

Google previewThe Central Intelligence Agency: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies [2 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies by Jan Goldman Ph.D.

bomber aircraft and associate KENNEL air-to-surface missile systems as well as other ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms (1997)

by Rodney Dale, Steve Puttick

TASM tactical air-to-surface missile (MIL) Tassie Tasmania (the State); Tasmanian ...

Google previewArmy Dictionary and Desk Reference (2010)

by Tim Zurick

ASM Air-to-surface missile (AD) ASP 1.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Conflicts Since World War II (2015)

by James Ciment

defense contractor shows an air-to-surface missile system to potential buyers at the Dubai Air Show. The United States accounts for more than 40 percent of global weapons sales. (Barry Iverson/Time Life Pictures/Getty ...

Google previewTalal Abu-Ghazaleh Dictionary of Patent Terms = معجم طلال أبو غزالة لبراءة الإختراع (2012)

by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization

air-to-surface missile (asm) airway ais akinetic aknldg alarm alarm ...

Google previewModern Dictionary of Electronics (1999)

by Rudolf F. Graf

air-to-surface missile—A missile designed to be dropped from an aircraft.

Google previewAcademic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology (1992)

by Christopher G. Morris, Academic Press

Ordnance, a French air-to-surface missile powered by a dual- thrust solid- propellant rocket engine and equipped with a radio-command guidance system, delivering a 66-pound conventional warhead at a speed of Mach 1 .7 and a range of ...

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