A cruise missile is a guided missile used against terrestrial targets, that remains in the atmosphere and flies the major portion of its flight path at approximately constant speed. Cruise missiles are designed to deliver a large warhead over long distances with high precision. Modern cruise missiles are capable of travelling at supersonic, high subsonic or hypersonic speeds, are self-navigating, and are able to fly on a non-ballistic, extremely low-altitude trajectory.
In 1916, the American aviator Lawrence Sperry built and patented an "aerial torpedo", the Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane, a small biplane carrying a TNT charge, a Sperry autopilot and a barometric altitude control. Inspired by the experiments, the United States Army developed a similar flying bomb called the Kettering Bug. Germany had also flown trials with remote-controlled aerial gliders (Torpedogleiter) built by Siemens-Schuckert beginning in 1916.
In the Soviet Union, Sergei Korolev headed the GIRD-06 cruise missile project from 1932 to 1939, which used a rocket-powered boost-glide bomb design. The 06/III (RP-216) and 06/IV (RP-212) contained gyroscopic guidance systems. The vehicle was designed to boost to 28 km altitude and glide a distance of 280 km, but test flights in 1934 and 1936 only reached an altitude of 500 meters.
In 1944, during World War II, Germany deployed the first operational cruise missiles. The V-1, often called a flying bomb, contained a gyroscope guidance system and was propelled by a simple pulsejet engine, the sound of which gave it the nickname of "buzz bomb" or "doodlebug". Accuracy was sufficient only for use against very large targets (the general area of a city), while the range of 250 km was significantly lower than that of a bomber carrying the same payload. The main advantages were speed (although not sufficient to outperform contemporary propeller-driven interceptors) and expendability. The production cost of a V-1 was only a small fraction of that of a V-2 supersonic ballistic missile with a similar-sized warhead. Unlike the V-2, the initial deployments of the V-1 required stationary launch ramps which were susceptible to bombardment. Nazi Germany, in 1943, also developed the Mistel composite aircraft program, which can be seen as a rudimentary air-launched cruise missile, where a piloted fighter-type aircraft was mounted atop an unpiloted bomber-sized aircraft that was packed with explosives to be released while approaching the target. Bomber-launched variants of the V-1 saw limited operational service near the end of the war, with the pioneering V-1's design reverse-engineered by the Americans as the Republic-Ford JB-2 cruise missile.
Immediately after the war, the United States Air Force had 21 different guided missile projects, including would-be cruise missiles. All but four were cancelled by 1948, — the Air Materiel Command BANSHEE, the SM-62 Snark, the SM-64 Navaho, and the MGM-1 Matador. The BANSHEE design was similar to Operation Aphrodite; like Aphrodite, it failed, and was cancelled in April 1949. Concurrently, the US Navy's Operation: BUMBLEBEE, was conducted at Topsail Island, North Carolina, from c. 1 June 1946, to 28 July 1948. Operation: BUMBLEBEE produced proof-of-concept technologies that influenced the US military's other missile projects.
During the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union experimented further with the concept, deploying early cruise missiles from land, submarines and aircraft. The main outcome of the United States Navy submarine missile project was the SSM-N-8 Regulus missile, based upon the V-1.
The United States Air Force's first operational surface-to-surface missile was the winged, mobile, nuclear-capable MGM-1 Matador, also similar in concept to the V-1. Deployment overseas began in 1954, first to West Germany and later to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and South Korea. On 7 November 1956, U.S. Air Force deployed Matador units in West Germany, whose missiles were capable of striking targets in the Warsaw Pact, from their fixed day-to-day sites to unannounced dispersed launch locations. This alert was in response to the crisis posed by the Soviet attack on Hungary which suppressed the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
Between 1957 and 1961 the United States followed an ambitious and well-funded program to develop a nuclear-powered cruise missile, Supersonic Low Altitude Missile (SLAM). It was designed to fly below the enemy's radar at speeds above Mach 3 and carry hydrogen bombs that it would drop along its path over enemy territory. Although the concept was proven sound and the 500 megawatt engine finished a successful test run in 1961, no airworthy device was ever completed. The project was finally abandoned in favor of ICBM development.
While ballistic missiles were the preferred weapons for land targets, heavy nuclear and conventional weapon tipped cruise missiles were seen by the USSR as a primary weapon to destroy United States naval carrier battle groups. Large submarines (for example, Echo and Oscar classes) were developed to carry these weapons and shadow United States battle groups at sea, and large bombers (for example, Backfire, Bear, and Blackjack models) were equipped with the weapons in their air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) configuration.
Cruise missiles generally consist of a guidance system, payload, and aircraft propulsion system, housed in an airframe with small wings and empennage for flight control. Payloads usually consist of a conventional warhead or a nuclear warhead. Cruise missiles tend to be propelled by jet engine, with turbofan engines in particular being preferred due to their greater efficiency at low altitude and subsonic speed.
Guidance systems also vary greatly. Low-cost systems use a radar altimeter, barometric altimeter and clock to navigate a digital strip map. More advanced systems use inertial guidance, satellite guidance and terrain contour matching (TERCOM). Use of an automatic target recognition (ATR) algorithm/device in the guidance system increases accuracy of the missile. The Standoff Land Attack Missile features an ATR unit from General Electric.
Cruise missiles can be categorized by size, speed (subsonic or supersonic), range, and whether launched from land, air, surface ship, or submarine. Often versions of the same missile are produced for different launch platforms; sometimes air- and submarine-launched versions are a little lighter and smaller than land- and ship-launched versions.
Guidance systems can vary across missiles. Some missiles can be fitted with any of a variety of navigation systems (Inertial navigation, TERCOM, or satellite navigation). Larger cruise missiles can carry either a conventional or a nuclear warhead, while smaller ones carry only conventional warheads.
- 3M22 Zircon Hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile.
- 14-X is a hypersonic glide vehicle mounted on a VSB-30 rocket, currently under development by Brazil.
- BrahMos-II (≈800–1000 km) / is a hypersonic missile currently under development in India and Russia.
- HTDV Hypersonic scramjet demonstrator.
- Kh-90 (3,000–4,000 km) / was a hypersonic air-to-surface cruise missile developed in 1990 by the USSR and later by Russia, that was eventually cancelled.
- CVS401 Perseus (300 km) / United Kingdom / France (Under development) –stealth hypersonic cruise missile concept.
These missiles travel faster than the speed of sound, usually using ramjet engines. The range is typically 100–500 km, but can be greater. Guidance systems vary.
- 3M-54 Kalibr (up to 4,500 km) Russia (the "Sizzler" variant is capable of supersonic speed at the terminal stage only)
- 3M-51 Alfa (250 km)
- Kh-15 (300 km)
- AGM-69 SRAM (200 km) United States
- Air-Sol Moyenne Portée (300–500 km+) France – supersonic stand-off nuclear missile
- South Korea new AShM similar to Brahmos, ramjet
- BrahMos (block-I 290 km, Block-II 500 & Block-IIA 600 km) / India / Russia – fastest supersonic cruise missile (3.2 mach) and the only one to complete the tactical cruise missile triad
- Bliskavka Artem Luch Pivdenmash 100 – 370 km
- Hsiung Feng III (400 km) Taiwan
- KD-88 China
- Kh-20 (380–600 km) USSR
- Kh-31 (25–110 km) Russia
- Kh-32 (600–1,000 km) Russia
- Kh-61 / USSR / Russia
- Kh-80 (3,000–5,000 km) /
- P-270 Moskit (120–250 km) / USSR / Russia
- P-500 Bazalt (550 km) / USSR / Russia
- P-700 Granit (625 km) / USSR / Russia
- P-800 Oniks (600–800 km) Russia
- P-1000 Vulkan (800 km) / USSR / Russia
- DF-100 China
- C-101 China
- C-301 China
- C-803 China – supersonic terminal stage only
- C-805 China
- CX-1 China
- YJ-12 (250–400 km) China
- YJ-18 (220–540 km) China
- YJ-91 China
- SSM-N-9 Regulus II (1,852 km) United States
- 9M730 Burevestnik (> 7–9,000 km) Russia
- Burya (8,500 km) USSR
- MKR (8,000 km) USSR
- RSS-40 Buran (8,500 km) USSR
- SLAM (cancelled in 1964) United States
- SM-62 Snark (10,200 km) United States
- SM-64 Navaho (canceled in 1958) United States
The United States, Russia, North Korea, India, United Kingdom, Iran, South Korea, Israel, France, China and Pakistan have developed several long-range subsonic cruise missiles. These missiles have a range of over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) and fly at about 800 kilometres per hour (500 mph). They typically have a launch weight of about 1,500 kilograms (3,300 lb) and can carry either a conventional or a nuclear warhead. Earlier versions of these missiles used inertial navigation; later versions use much more accurate TERCOM and DSMAC systems. Most recent versions can use satellite navigation.
- 3M-54 Kalibr (up to 4,500 km) Russia
- AGM-86B United States
- AGM-129 ACM United States
- BGM-109 Tomahawk (up to1,700 km) / United States/United Kingdom
- BGM-109G Ground Launched Cruise Missile (2,500 km)
- Kh-55 (3,000 km) and Kh-65 Russia
- Kh-101 (4500–5500 km) Russia
- Iskander-K not less than 3 500 km
- Geumseong 4 North Korea > 1000 2000 km
- RK-55 (3,000 km) Soviet Union
- Nirbhay India (up to 1500 km)
- Meshkat Iran (Range 2000 km)
- MdCN (>1,000 km) France
- Soumar Iran (Range allegedly 2,000–3,000 km)
- Hoveyzeh (Cruise Missile) Iran (Range 1,350 km)
- Quds 1 Houthi
- Yun Feng (~2,000 km) Taiwan
- Hsiung Feng IIE Taiwan
- Hyunmoo III South Korea (Hyunmoo IIIA 500 km, Hyunmoo IIIB 1000 km, Hyunmoo IIIC 1500 km)
- MGM-13 Mace United States
- DF-10/CJ-10 China
- Popeye Turbo SLCM Israel
- GEZGİN (800-1,200 km) Turkey
These missiles are about the same size and weight and fly at similar speeds to the above category. Guidance systems vary.
- Storm Shadow/SCALP (560 km) // UK / France / Italy
- Taurus KEPD 350 (500+ km) // Germany / Sweden / Spain
- Kh-50 (Kh-SD) and Kh-101 Kh-65 variants Russia
- P-5 Pyatyorka (450–750 km) Russia, North Korea
- Raad Iran (360 km)
- Ya-Ali (700 km) Iran
- Hyunmoo-3 (within 1500 km) South Korea
- Babur-1 Pakistan (700 km) Bb-1 Alpha (450 km) Bb-2 (750 km) Bb-3 (450 km)
- Ra'ad ALCM (350 km) Pakistan
- Ra'ad Mark-2 ALCM (600 km) Pakistan
- Zarb (320 km) Pakistan
- Harbah (750 km) Pakistan
- KD-63 China
- SOM (SOM B Block I) Turkey (350 km range under serial production, 500 km + range under development) – 500 km, 1500 km and 2500 km versions
- AGM-158 JASSM (370–1000 km) United States
- AGM-158C LRASM (USA) (370 km+-560 km+) United States
- MGM-1 Matador (700 km) United States
- SSM-N-8 Regulus (926 km) United States
These are subsonic missiles which weigh around 500 kilograms (1,102 lb) and have a range of up to 300 km (190 mi).
- Apache (100–140 km) France
- AVMT-300 (300 km) Brazil
- MICLA-BR (300 km) Brazil
- Hyunmoo-3 (over 300 km) shorter range South Korea
- SSM-700K Haeseong (180+ km) South Korea
- Kh-35 (130–300 km) Russia, KN-19 Ks3/4 North Korea
- Kh-59 (115–550 km) Russia
- P-15 (40–80 km) Russia, KN-1 North Korea
- Nasr-1 Iran
- Zafar (25 km) Iran
- Noor Iran
- Qader Iran
- Naval Strike Missile (185 km–555 km) Norway
- RBS-15 Sweden
- Korshun a locally derivative of Kh-55 and RK-55, made by Artem Luch Vizar (ZhMZ), KhAZ,
Yuzhnoe Pivdenmash, powered by an AI Progress Motor Sich MS-400 like Neptun missile and same builders designer.
- Neptune Ukraine
- V-1 flying bomb (250 km) Nazi Germany
- Hsiung Feng II Taiwan
- Wan Chien Taiwan
- VCM-01 Vietnam 100–300 km
- Aist Belarus 100 200 – 300 km
- Bul ognen Bulgaria 700+ km
- Marte ER 100+ km
- Sea Killer export variant
- Otomat (180 km) / France / Italy
- C-801 (40 km) China
- C-802 (120 km-280 km) China
- C-803 China
- C-805 China
- C-602 China
- CM-602G China
- Delilah missile (250 km) Israel
- Gabriel IV (200 km) Israel
- Popeye turbo ALCM (78 km) Israel
- RGM-84 Harpoon (124–310 km) United States
- AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile (110 km) United States
- AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER (270 km) United States
- Silkworm (100–500 km) China
- SOM Turkey
- Atmaca Turkey
The most common mission for cruise missiles is to attack relatively high-value targets such as ships, command bunkers, bridges and dams. Modern guidance systems permit accurate attacks.
As of 2001[update] the BGM-109 Tomahawk missile model has become a significant part of the United States naval arsenal. It gives ships and submarines an extremely accurate, long-range, conventional land attack weapon. Each costs about US$1.99 million. Both the Tomahawk and the AGM-86 were used extensively during Operation Desert Storm. On 7 April 2017, during the Syrian Civil War, U.S. warships fired more than 50 cruise missiles into a Syrian air base in retaliation for a Syrian Sarin gas attack against a rebel stronghold.
The United States Air Force (USAF) deploys an air-launched cruise missile, the AGM-86 ALCM. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is the exclusive delivery vehicle for the AGM-86 and AGM-129 ACM. Both missile types are configurable for either conventional or nuclear warheads.
The USAF adopted the AGM-86 for its bomber fleet while AGM-109 was adapted to launch from trucks and ships and adopted by the USAF and Navy. The truck-launched versions, and also the Pershing II and SS-20 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles, were later destroyed under the bilateral INF (Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces) treaty with the USSR.
The British Royal Navy (RN) also operates cruise missiles, specifically the U.S.-made Tomahawk, used by the RN's nuclear submarine fleet. UK conventional warhead versions were first fired in combat by the RN in 1999, during the Kosovo War (the United States fired cruise missiles in 1991). The Royal Air Force uses the Storm Shadow cruise missile on its Tornado GR4 aircraft. It is also used by France, where it is known as SCALP EG, and carried by the Armée de l'Air's Mirage 2000 and Rafale aircraft.
India and Russia have jointly developed the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos. There are three versions of the Brahmos: ship/land-launched, air-launched and sub-launched. The ship/land-launched version were operational as of late 2007. The Brahmos has the capability to attack targets on land. Russia also continues to operate other cruise missiles: the SS-N-12 Sandbox, SS-N-19 Shipwreck, SS-N-22 Sunburn and SS-N-25 Switchblade. Germany and Spain operate the Taurus missile while Pakistan has made the Babur missile Both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) have designed several cruise missile variants, such as the well-known C-802, some of which are capable of carrying biological, chemical, nuclear, and conventional warheads.
Nuclear warhead versions
China has CJ-10 land attack cruise missile which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Additionally, China appears to have tested a hypersonic cruise missile in August 2021, a claim it denies.
The French Force de Frappe nuclear forces include both land and sea-based bombers with Air-Sol Moyenne Portée (ASMP) high speed medium range nuclear cruise missiles. Two models are in use, ASMP and a newer ASMP-Amelioreor Plus (ASMP-A), which was developed in 1999. An estimated 40 to 50 were produced.
India in 2017 successfully flight-tested its indigenous Nirbhay ('Fearless') land-attack cruise missile, which can deliver nuclear warheads to a strike range of 1,000-km. Nirbhay had been flight-tested successfully.
The Israel Defense Forces reportedly deploy the medium-range air-launched Popeye Turbo ALCM and the Popeye Turbo SLCM medium-long range cruise missile with nuclear warheads on Dolphin class submarines.
Pakistan currently has four cruise missile systems: the air-launched Ra'ad and its enhanced version Ra'ad II; the ground and underwater launched Babur; ship-launched Harbah missile and surface launched Zarb missile. Both, Ra'ad and Babur, can carry nuclear warheads between 10 and 25 kt, and deliver them to targets at a range of 350 km (220 mi) and 700 km (430 mi) respectively. Babur has been in service with the Pakistan Army since 2010.
Russia has Kh-55SM cruise missiles, with a range similar to the United States' AGM-129 range of 3000 km, but are able to carry a more powerful warhead of 200 kt. They are equipped with a TERCOM system which allows them to cruise at an altitude lower than 110 meters at subsonic speeds while obtaining a CEP accuracy of 15 meters with an Inertial navigation system. They are air-launched from either Tupolev Tu-95s, Tupolev Tu-22Ms, or Tupolev Tu-160s, each able to carry 16 for the Tu-95, 12 for the Tu-160, and 4 for the Tu-22M. A stealth version of the missile, the Kh-101 is in development. It has similar qualities as the Kh-55, except that its range has been extended to 5,000 km, equipped with a 1,000 kg conventional warhead, and has stealth features which reduces its probability of intercept.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the most recent cruise missile developed was the Kalibr missile which entered production in the early 1990s and officially inducted into the Russian arsenal in 1994. However, it only saw its combat debut on 7 October 2015, in Syria as a part of the Russian military campaign in Syria. The missile has been used 14 more times in combat operations in Syria since its debut.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Soviet Union was attempting to develop cruise missiles. In this short time frame, the Soviet Union was working on nearly ten different types of cruise missiles. However, due to resources, most of the initial types of cruise missiles developed by the Soviet Union were Sea-Launched Cruise Missiles or Submarine-Launched Cruise Missiles (SLCMs). The SS-N-1 cruise missile was developed to have different configurations to be fired from a submarine or a ship. However, as the time progressed, the Soviet Union began to work on air launched cruise missiles as well (ALCM). These ACLM missiles were typically delivered via bombers designated as "Blinders" or "Backfire". The missiles in this configuration were called the AS-1, and AS-2 with eventual new variants with more development time. The main purpose of Soviet-based cruise missiles was to have defense and offensive mechanisms against enemy ships; in other words most of the Soviet cruise missiles were anti-ship missiles. the 1980s the Soviet Union had developed an arsenal of cruise missiles nearing 600 platforms which consisted of land, sea, and air delivery systems.
The United States has deployed nine nuclear cruise missiles at one time or another.
- MGM-1 Matador ground-launched missile, out of service
- MGM-13 Mace ground-launched missile, out of service
- SSM-N-8 Regulus submarine-launched missile, out of service
- SM-62 Snark ground-launched missile, out of service
- AGM-28 Hound Dog air-launched missile, out of service
- BGM-109G Ground Launched Cruise Missile, out of service
- AGM-86 ALCM air-launched cruise missile, 350 to 550 missiles and W80 warheads still in service
- BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile in nuclear submarine-, surface ship-, and ground-launched models, nuclear models out of service but warheads kept in reserve.
- AGM-129 ACM air-launched missile, out of service
Efficiency in modern warfare
Currently cruise missiles are among the most expensive of single-use weapons, up to several million dollars apiece. One consequence of this is that its users face difficult choices in target allocation, to avoid expending the missiles on targets of low value. For instance, during the 2001 strikes on Afghanistan the United States attacked targets of very low monetary value with cruise missiles, which led many to question the efficiency of the weapon. However, proponents of the cruise missile counter that the weapon can not be blamed for poor target selection and the same argument applies to other types of UAVs: they are cheaper than human pilots when total training and infrastructure costs are taken into account, not to mention the risk of loss of personnel. As demonstrated in Libya in 2011 and prior conflicts, cruise missiles are much more difficult to detect and intercept than other aerial assets (reduced radar cross-section, infrared and visual signature due to smaller size), suiting them to attacks against static air defense systems.
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