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- abbr. intercontinental ballistic missile
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- Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
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- n. An intercontinental ballistic missile, a long-range ballistic missile that is capable of traveling from one continent to another. Contrasted with
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- n. a ballistic missile that is capable of traveling from one continent to another
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Having a single 25mt warhead attached to an ICBM is as much deterrent as this country needs.
How about the debacle called Cosmos 1 - it was supposed to be the first solar sail satellite, but in a combination of saving money and making some outdated political symbolism, they had Cosmos 1 launched on a Russian ICBM from a submarine.
The documents, titled "ICBM Training Material," will show up on the first page of the list, and you can download them as a PDF.
The Pentagon mumbled all kinds of assurances that Beijing or Moscow would never, ever, never misinterpret one kind of ICBM for the other.
It was a new kind of ICBM (the first mobile one ever launched).
"ICBM" (InterContinental Ballistic Missile), and more than 6 independent warheads can be attached to an ICBM, although the maximum is determined by treaty agreements rather than technical limitations.
For example, the US Air Force habitually claimed that ballistic missiles such as ICBM's could do more damage to an enemy country for a given expenditure than a Navy aircraft carrier could.
Currently, the warheads can be detonated only as air bursts well above ground, but the new fuse will also permit ground bursts (detonations at or very near ground level), which are ideal for attacking very hard targets such as ICBM silos.
Nukes are simple enougth to build, but delivery systems such as ICBM’s aren’t, which is why Chinese ICBM’s are few and technologically equivalent to those USSR had in the 50’s liquid fueled, requiring a large amount of time to prepare for launch and difficult to hide.
At the same time the President chopped funding for the first missile that will be able to protect us against an ICBM attack, he chose to pour $224