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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


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


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.


The payloads of a missile can be:

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

Missile models