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Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle

A multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle, or MIRV, is a collection of nuclear weapons carried, usually ten or twelve warheads at a time, on a single intercontinental ballistic missile, allowing a single launched missile to strike a handful of targets, and allowing a few missiles to strike several targets redundantly.

See Polaris missile, Poseidon missile, Trident missile.

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