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What is the difference between a rocket and a missile?

 
pocketrocket
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11/15/2012 04:30 PM
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What is the difference between a rocket and a missile?
When I read this: Rockets fired at Tel Aviv area for first time in over 20 years, I wonder the difference between the two. Is it politically correct to call them rockets these days instead of when Saddam launched missiles in the gulf war?
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11/15/2012 04:34 PM
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Re: What is the difference between a rocket and a missile?
In this case, I think a missile means professional military weapon guided specifically to hit a target.

Rocket just means some sort of explosive projectile.
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11/15/2012 04:36 PM
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Re: What is the difference between a rocket and a missile?
In this case, I think a missile means professional military weapon guided specifically to hit a target.

Rocket just means some sort of explosive projectile.
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so they are like using 20 yr-old scud rockets?
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11/15/2012 04:37 PM
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Re: What is the difference between a rocket and a missile?
In a modern military, a missile is a self-propelled guided weapon system
An ordinary English-language usage predating guided weapons is simply any thrown object, such as items thrown at players by rowdy spectators at a sporting event.

A rocket is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine.

Source: wikipedia.
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Re: What is the difference between a rocket and a missile?
Best and most concise description I have found is...


"They are both flying tubes with explosives, but a missile has some kind of guidance system and a rocket just flies until it hits something"
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Re: What is the difference between a rocket and a missile?
In this case, I think a missile means professional military weapon guided specifically to hit a target.

Rocket just means some sort of explosive projectile.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11330901


so they are like using 20 yr-old scud rockets?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20574169


Unclear. Besides, who in Syria is firing them into Israel? The Syrian military or insurgents fighting the Syrian military? They might be home-made projectiles.
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Re: What is the difference between a rocket and a missile?
Best and most concise description I have found is...


"They are both flying tubes with explosives, but a missile has some kind of guidance system and a rocket just flies until it hits something"
 Quoting: The Scientist


oh , ok. like taking pot shots at an old honda civic with a sawed-off 12-guage.

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