Meaning of air-launched cruise missile

air'-launched cruise' mis"sile

Pronunciation: (âr'lôncht", -läncht"), [key]
— Mil. Mil.
  1. a winged, jet-powered missile designed to be launched from an aircraft and to fly toward the target at low altitude on automatic guidance, with a range of almost 2500 mi. (4023 km). Abbr.: ALCM, A.L.C.M.
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