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Exocet

(ˈɛksəʊˌsɛt)
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(Military) trademark a tactical missile with a high-explosive warhead, which is guided by computer and radar, travels at a very low altitude at high subsonic speed, and has a range of up to 70 km. It may be launched from a ship, aircraft, or submarine
[C20: from French, from New Latin Exocoetus volitans flying fish]
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Noun1.Exocet - a guided missile developed by the French government for use against ships
guided missile - a rocket-propelled missile whose path can be controlled during flight either by radio signals or by internal homing devices
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At one point, a furious Thatcher warned the president it could have "disastrous" consequences for the entire Nato alliance if a fresh consignment of the French-built Exocets was allowed to reach Argentina.
But the archives show she privately warned him it could have "disastrous" consequences for the entire NATO alliance if a fresh consignment of French-built Exocets was allowed to reach Argentina.
Meanwhile foreign secretary Francis Pym authorised the British ambassador in Tehran "discreetly" to open negotiations with the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini for the purchase of a batch of Exocets the Iranians were rumoured to have captured from Iraq.
Meanwhile foreign secretary Francis Pym authorised negotiations with Iran for the purchase of Exocets captured from Iraq.
Other products in the catalogue include the MM39/MM40 Exocets and the latest Block 3 version deployed on the Hellenic Navy's Roussen class ships, and the Sea Skua used on board the Kuwaiti Navy's Combattante BR-42.
The letters contained references to the Grim Reaper as 'a clear symbol of death', as well as disturbing 'warlike' and 'death orientated' mentions of Exocets and the Vietcong.
So what better way to repay an old friend than to anchor her off the Western Isles and fire up the Exocets?
"We watched the Exocets go into the Conveyor and the ship catching fire - it burned for most of the day and the next night.
The Gulf of nightly news clips is a cluttered bathtub, with tankers and warships packed so tightly they barely have room for incoming Exocets. The reality is an azure expanse almost twice the size of New York State.
A possible sortie of the General Beigrano, which was equipped with ship-mounted Exocets, represented enough of a threat to their task force that the British decided to torpedo the cruiser, killing 321 of the Argentinians aboard.