Meaning of intermediate range ballistic missile

interme'diate range" ballis'tic mis'sile

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  1. any supersonic missile that has a range of 800 to 1500 nautical mi. (1500 to 2800 km) and follows a ballistic trajectory after a powered, guided launching. Abbr.: IRBM, I.R.B.M.
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