Missile

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Missiles are self-propelled weapons that often have some form of self-guidance and typically use some type of explosive warhead.

Missile characteristics

Guidance

Some missiles are "dumb," having no guidance system and thus functioning like rockets.

For missiles that do have some form of self-guidance, the types of guidance can include:

  • Heat seeking
  • Image recognition
  • Friend or foe

Propulsion

Normally, missiles use a thermal jet propellant system fueled either by liquid or solid propellant, but larger missiles may use exotic propulsion systems similar to those of spacecraft.

Payload

The payloads of a missile can be:

  • PBX High Explosive (HE)
  • Nuclear
    • Fission
    • Fusion
  • Electromagnetic pulse (EMP)
  • Antimatter

Missile models