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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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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.
The Soviet Navy was not far behind with its SS-N-21, dubbed Tomahawkski by the US Navy, a 1 600-nautical miles Mach 0.7 air-breathing missile, but so far this 65-cm diameter weapon is only deployed aboard submarines.