An intermediate-range missile (3,000-5,500 kilometers) that sustains flight through the use of aerodynamic lift. Cruise missiles may carry either a nuclear or conventional warhead and be launched from the air, ground, or sea.
a guided missile that flies to its target close to the earth's surface. They can be launched from aircraft, ships, submarines or land sites.
a very accurate flying bomb. After it is fired from a ship or dropped from an airplane, a cruise missile flies under the power of its own jet engine. It steers itself toward the target with pinpoint accuracy by comparing its view of the ground via a built-in video camera with a map stored in its computer memory.