basic point defense missile system

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Noun1.basic point defense missile system - a shipboard missile systembasic point defense missile system - a shipboard missile system    
shipboard system - a system designed to work as a coherent entity on board a naval ship
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It replaces the older AIM-7 Sparrow missile in most advanced inventories.
PHOTO Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jacques Devries loads an AIM-7 Sparrow medium-range, air-to-air missile onto an F-14B Tomcat aboard the USS George Washington in the Persian Gulf.
There is an interesting discussion of problems with the over-restrictive rules of engagement and with air-to-air missiles, such as the AIM-7 Sparrow and early models of the AIM-9 Sidewinder.