air-breathing missile


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air-breathing missile

A missile with an engine requiring the intake of air for combustion of its fuel, as in a ramjet or turbojet. To be contrasted with the rocket missile, which carries its own oxidizer and can operate beyond the atmosphere.
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The other type of hypersonic weapon currently under research and development is the air-breathing missile or powered-flight cruise missile.
Earlier, on December 18, an air-breathing missile, with a strike range of 290-km, was tested for the first time from a vertical launcher fitted on a moving warship in the Bay of Bengal.
7 air-breathing missile, but so far this 65-cm diameter weapon is only deployed aboard submarines.