Guided Missile

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Guided Missile

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1. Broadly, any missile that is subject to, or capable of, some degree of guidance or direction after having been launched, fired, or otherwise set in motion. </dd>
2. Specifically, an unmanned, self-propelled flying vehicle (such as a pilotless aircraft or rocket) carrying a destructive load and capable of being directed or of directing itself after launching or take-off, responding either to external direction or to direction originating from devices within the missile itself. </dd>
3. Loosely, by extension, any steerable projectile. See ballistic missile. </dd>

References

This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use