Description: The article reviews the contemporary cruise missiles of the world's leading military forces and analyzes their use from 1991 to 2018 in large-scale military conflicts. The analysis of the reasons for the low level of effectiveness of the anti-air defense system with cruise missiles and the effectiveness of their use in armed conflicts, depending on the economic power of defending nations, is given. The quantitative and temporal indicators of the use of cruise missiles during strikes in military conflicts are presented. Examples of short-term, limited missile strikes aimed at the destruction of important objects are given. Generalized information on the number of destroyed cruise missiles during air strikes. The conclusion is drawn about the ineffectiveness of classical anti-aircraft defense in its modern understanding in the wars of a new generation. The expediency of the creation of an anti-crisis counter-defense defense as an integral part of air defense was substantiated. Air attacks and systematic hostilities in the course of local wars and armed con-flicts at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century have been analyzed for indicators such as the duration and number of strikes, the number of hit objects and spent winged missiles. Based on the analysis of the use of cruise missiles in the course of armed conflicts, the dependence between the economic power of the defending states (in the form of gross domestic product) and their ability to effectively counteract this type of weaponry has been determined. The priorities of the choice of goals for massive attacks of cruise missiles are considered in order to capture strategically important resistance units or to prepare a large-scale land-based operation. The reasons for increasing the number of cruise missiles in strikes are determined. The estimation of dynamics of change of type of carriers (sea and airborne) of cruise missiles in military operations is given. The efficiency and economic expedi-ency of cruise missile use compared to the impact of objects by shock aviation are given.
Keywords: cruise missile, anti-counter-missile defense, target, air defense.