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(weaponry) A missile that is initially guided, but then follows a ballistic (freely falling) trajectory.
Take, for example, our approach to ballistic missile defense.
The current plan is to deploy three Aegis surface combatants with ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems on board.
The number of submarines, bombers and ballistic missile launchers capable of delivering nuclear weapons has been reduced.
Except - ballistic missile submarines have nothing whatsoever to do with maritime strategy or with sea power.
We believe it could deliver CBW by a variety of means, including in ballistic missile warheads.
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