An AGM-86 air-launched cruise missile in flight (1980)
An AGM-86 air-launched cruise missile in flight (1980)

An air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) is a cruise missile that is launched from a military aircraft. Current versions are typically standoff weapons which are used to attack predetermined land targets with conventional, nuclear or thermonuclear payloads.

Specific types of ALCMs (current, past and under development) include:

See also

References

  1. ^ "New HAWC Hypersonic Missile Sets Record for Endurance". 6 April 2022.
  2. ^ "France & UK Launch Next-Gen Missile Project with MBDA to Replace Harpoon/Scalp/Exocet by 2030".