Definition of antiballistic missile in US English:

antiballistic missile

(also ABM)


  • A missile designed for intercepting and destroying a ballistic missile while in flight.

    • ‘Efforts to develop an antiballistic missile system in the late 1960s and early 1970s produced only a modest deployment and were limited by the ABM Treaty of 1972.’
    • ‘How will they respond to the destruction of their nuclear-attack ballistic missiles by another country's antiballistic missiles?’
    • ‘He also stressed the importance of observing the 1972 antiballistic missile treaty, which, he said, has been the foundation for global security.’
    • ‘Zeus was tested as an antiballistic missile and as an antisatellite weapon (both missions envisioned the use of nuclear warheads).’
    • ‘There was a mania for treaties - on chemical and biological weapons, nuclear proliferation and testing, land mines, antiballistic missiles, climate control.’
    • ‘That is what underlies the linkage between the antiballistic missile treaty and limits on offensive weapons.’
    • ‘Since the German V-2 campaign against England towards the end of World War II, military planners had been working with scientists and engineers to develop an antiballistic missile strategy.’
    • ‘He had opposed the Vietnam war, the development of the B - 1 bomber, and the antiballistic missile system.’
    • ‘Both sides are adamantly opposed to the proposal to construct an antiballistic missile system designed to protect North America by shooting down incoming missiles from ‘rogue states’.’
    • ‘That is evidenced by his eagerness to abandon the antiballistic missile treaty.’
    • ‘Vital to this were the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, which in 1972 resulted in an agreement to limit the deployment of strategic offensive missiles and antiballistic missile systems.’
    • ‘They earned selection as the digital signal processing system of choice for US Air Force's Airborne Laser antiballistic missile program.’
    • ‘The militarists believe that airborne early warning systems and antiballistic missiles would be pivotal to preventing or withstanding a nuclear attack.’
    • ‘He said he would not deploy an antiballistic missile system unless it worked.’
    • ‘The missile reportedly can hit targets beyond a range of 700 kilometers and is invulnerable to antiballistic missile systems because of its speed.’
    • ‘Traditionally, it has been the prospect of America putting antiballistic missile weapons into orbit that has most excited the left, both internationally and at home.’
    • ‘It bade farewell to the antiballistic missile treaty, while slashing spending on nuclear safety aid for Russia.’
    • ‘Contributors had a common assumption - that deployment would be in a national security environment with either a modified antiballistic missile treaty or no antiballistic missile treaty at all.’
    • ‘The second - reliance on an undefeatable active defense - would abandon the current strategy of deterrence and adopt a robust national antiballistic missile defense.’
    • ‘They provide a gutsy analysis of the major issues - the antiballistic missile treaty, NATO enlargement, economic costs, human rights, global terrorism, and the European Union, to name just a few.’