The Technology of Precision Guidance -- Changing Weapon Priorities, New Risks, New Opportunities
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For centuries most of the things shot by military men at their enemies have missed their target. The remarkable thing about the new generation is that it is now possible for forces to possess weapons in large numbers each of which has a high probability of hitting its target with a single shot. This article discusses the implications of these weapons, which are officially called precision-guided munitions or PGMs. Usually, this simply means a bomb or missile that is guided in its terminal phase. Thus, the term includes many anti- tank weapons including some which receive steering signals over thin wires and air-defense missiles, as well as the laser-guided bombs which attracted so much public attention.
- Guided Missiles
- Aerial Bombs