Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

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  • April 2, 2022
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Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Part of: Prelims and GS III – Defence and security

Context: North Korea fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

  • It was the most powerful launch since 2017.
  • North Korea has launched nearly a dozen weapon tests this year like never before in defiance of UN sanctions.

Intercontinental ballistic missile

  • An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a missile with a minimum range of 5,500 kilometres primarily designed for nuclear weapons delivery.
  • Conventional, chemical, and biological weapons can also be delivered with varying effectiveness, but have never been deployed on ICBMs.
  • Countries that have ICBMs: India, Russia, the United States, North Korea, China, Israel, the United Kingdom and France.
  • ICBMs are differentiated by having greater range and speed than other ballistic missiles.
  • Short and medium-range ballistic missiles are known collectively as the theatre ballistic missiles.

News Source: TH

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