Briggs, M. Michael Missile Systems Division, Integrated Systems Inc., Santa Clara, California.
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A weapon that consists of integral rocket propulsion, means of pointing or guiding the weapon's velocity vector to a prescribed orientation at the position and time of rocket engine shutoff or burnout, and a warhead. In certain applications, means of deploying multiple warheads or submunitions may be incorporated. Ballistic missiles are conceptually simple weapons whose implementation becomes more complex with increasing accuracy, range, and defense penetration requirements.
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