throw weight

throw weight

noun
the lifting power, or payload maximum, of a ballistic missile exclusive of the weight of the rocket itself, and including the weight of the warhead or warheads and of guidance and penetration systems; ballistic delivery power: larger Soviet missiles with a throw weight of up to 20 megatons.
Also, throwweight.


Origin:
1965–70

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throw weight
 
n
the maximum weight of supplementary mechanisms that can be lifted by the boost stages of a particular missile

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