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An explosive warhead, propelled by a rocket, that reaches its target by using a guidance system. When a missile is used underwater it is known as a torpedo, and when it is launched from an aircraft it is known as a cruise missile. The rocket can be filled with liquid or solid fuel, while the missile can be armed with a range of materials, including cluster bombs, biological elements, and nuclear warheads.

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