MIRV

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MIRV

 (mûrv)
n.
1. An offensive ballistic missile system having warheads aimed at independent targets that can be launched by a single booster rocket.
2. One of these warheads.
v. MIRVed, MIRV·ing, MIRVs
v.tr.
To provide with multiple independent warheads.
v.intr.
To equip a military force with a missile system of multiple independent warheads.

[m(ultiple) i(ndependently-targeted) r(eentry) v(ehicles).]

MIRV

(mɜːv)
n acronym for
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)
a. multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicle: a missile that has several warheads, each one being directed to different enemy targets
b. any of the warheads

MIRV

(mɜrv)

n.
1. a missile carrying several nuclear warheads, each of which can be directed to a different target.
v.t.
2. to arm or attack with MIRVs.
Also, M.I.R.V.
[1965–70; m(ultiple)i(ndependently targetable)r(eentry)v(ehicle)]
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Fearful of losing its nuclear edge, however, Russia has recently tested multiple independently targeted reentry vehicles and other defenses in its strategic missiles system to ensure their survival in a postulated missile defense environment.
Solid rocket technology--like other technical assistance Lockheed supplied the Chinese--is critical in helping the Chinese develop multiple independently targeted reentry vehicles, or MIRVs.

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