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A ground launched cruise missile (GLCM) is an unmanned aircraft for military attack (e.g., ""pilotless bomber"/"surface-to-surface missile") which uses aerodynamic lift in flight[1] after being launched (usually by firing) from a surface (ground or sea) launcher or site. GLCMs generally used automatic flight control, some GLCMs used airburst nuclear detonations to damage the surface target,[1]:12 and GLCMs include the following:

to allow—during the autopilot's "automatic stable flight"--command guidance by radio control via an AN/ARW-56 airborne receiver processing commands from the AN/ARW-55 transmitter at the radar station.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lanning, Lt Col Randall L. (1992) (AD-A258 351 Research Report). United States Air Force Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (Report). Air War College. "MARC (Manual Airborne Radio Control). [sic] It used an AN/MSQ-I mobile ground radar set and an AN/APW-IIA airborne radar assembly (12:129). … "Mace A" … MM-1 Teracruzer … TM-61C Missile Operations Handbook, undated, published by the 701st TMW. … TM-76A Training Plan, Document No. TODO-30021, 9 Mar 61."  (In misnaming "Manual Airborne Radio Control", Lanning cites: 12. "History of USAFE, 1 Jan through 30 Jun 1957, Vol I, Narrative, 15 Nov 57".
  2. "The North American RTV-A-5/X-10". The 456th Fighter Interceptor Squadron: The Protectors of S. A. C.. last update 6/13/2009.  (cites: James N. Gibson: "The Navaho Missile Project", Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 1996 & Jay Miller: "The X-Planes, X-1 to X-45", Midland Publishing, 2001

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