Multiple Intercontinental Re-Entry Vehicle

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A multiple intercontinental re-entry vehicle (MIRV) is a kind of ballistic missile that is capable of firing multiple war heads simultaneously at a single target. This kind of weapon is often more effective than a single warhead at hitting targets and can be used to stop the flight path of other ballistic missiles. The warheads attached to these missiles are often nuclear and very destructive.

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"MIRV warheads on RSD-10 (SS-20) ballistic missile, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., July 25, 2008" by VargaA is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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