#Missiles are self-guided #munitions that travel through the air or outer space to their targets. A #ballisticmissile travels along a suborbital #trajectory. An intercontinental ballistic missile can travel a substantial distance around the Earth to its target. As opposed to #bombs, #torpedoes and #rockets, missiles are both powered and guided. If unguided, it would be termed a rocket. A bomb is neither powered nor guided. A guided bomb is called a "smart" bomb. If powered and traveling #underwater, it is termed a torpedo. Missiles are classified according to their range: #Battlefield range (BRBM): less than 124 miles (200 kilometers), #Tactical (TAC): between 93 - 186 miles (150 - 300 km), #ShortRange (SRBM): less than 621 miles (1,000 km), #Theatre (TBM): between 186 - 2,175 miles (300 - 3,500 km), #MediumRange (MRBM): between 621 - 2,175 miles (1,000 - 3,500 km), #Intermediate Range (IRBM) or #LongRange (LRBM): between 2,175 - 3,418 miles (3,500 - 5,500 km), #Intercontinental (ICBM): greater than 3,418 miles (5,500 km). The U.S. #Minuteman3 ICBM is a three-stage booster. The payload is a single W62 nuclear #warhead with a yield of 170 kilotons. The booster places the warhead on a suborbital trajectory. At its height, the vehicle is outside the Earth’s atmosphere. The warhead’s re-entry vehicle falls through the atmosphere to its target. The detonation can be an air burst or ground burst. A launch vehicle capable of orbiting a world-circling satellite can also be used to send a nuclear warhead to any point on the surface of the Earth. Early #Soviet and #American manned orbital missions used modified #ICBMs as launch vehicles.
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