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What is the difference between cruise missile and ballistic missile?

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What is the difference between cruise missile and ballistic missile?
posted Mar 9, 2016 by anonymous

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A ballistic missile is targeted as a projectile from a single launch force with not much added guidance. Higher range ballistic missiles are generally launched directly into the high layers of the earth's atmosphere. It travels well outside the atmosphere and then the warhead detaches and falls back to earth. It follows the path of a ball thrown upwards which falls down.
Example: Prithivi, Agni Series Missiles from India

Where as a cruise missile cruises, over land or over water. Its working is similar to a jet engine powered airplane. Cruise missiles are either subsonic or supersonic depending on their propulsion and design. It is generally guided and use engine on all the flight path.
Example: Brahmos Missile, Tomhalk Missile

answer Jul 20, 2016 by anonymous
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A ballistic missileis used to hit a predetermined target. Its trajectory can roughly be divided into two phases. It is launched in such a way that it burns most of its fuel to attain the desired velocity in the first phase called the boost phase.

answer Jul 20, 2016 by Shivaranjini