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air-to-ground missile

Definition/Scope: An air-to-ground missile (AGM) is designed to be fired from aircraft and strike targets at sea or on land. They normally have either rocket motors or jet engines for their propulsion system. Their guidance system is laser guided, infrared guidance, optical guidance or global positioning system (GPS). The greatest advantage of the AGM is the stand-off that they allow from the air defense measures. They are also known as air-to-surface missile (ASM).



Broader Terms:

Close Air Support
P-3C Orion Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program

Narrower Terms:

AGM-114 Hellfire
AGM-45 Shrike
AGM-65 Maverick
AGM-84 Harpoon

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