Light Air Defense Missile

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Generic Light Air Defense Missile
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Generic Light Air Defense Missile
Group: Ranged Weapon
Tech Level 8
Size 925.0 mm
Weight 25,000.0 grams
Cost Cr20,000 to Cr1,000,000
Ammo x1 missile (single shot)
Manufacturer Various
Generic Light Air Defense Missile

The Light Air Defense Missile (25,000.0 grams loaded; Cr10,000 to Cr1,000,000; TL-8) is a progressive development of earlier missiles, miniaturized for use by a single sophont user against flyers.

  • It is a GUW weapon and is available in a variety of models, forms, and mountings. [1]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

"Light Air Defense Missiles:" Disposable one shot surface to air missiles (SAM) are available at tech level 8 and above. Each weighs between 10.0 and 25.0 kilograms. The base price for the tech level 8 missile is Cr20,000 and can range up to Cr1,000,000 at higher tech levels. Even the best of the missiles has only a moderate lethality against aircraft of its own tech level, but is generally very lethal against more primitive aircraft. (Generally, but not always. A tech 8 heat seeking missile is virtually worthless against a tech 6 piston powered aircraft). [2]

Weapon Characteristics[edit]

Length: 925.0 mm. Weight: 25,000.0 grams. Base price: Cr20,000 to Cr20,000. [3]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

As the arms race for combat aircraft heats up from the TL:4-6 epoch forward, an entire variety of antiaircraft defenses are invented from early fast-firing AA guns to later GUW (guided weapons) including the Light Air Defense Missile. The earliest models are very limited with simpler guidance sensors and a limited ability to engage aircraft, generally only at low altitudes and from the rear. Within a few generations of development, the MANPAD (Man Portable Air Defense weapon) has considerably more capability and has all-aspect target acquisition up to several kilometers. Even the advanced point defense energy weapons of the TL:13-15 epoch can be overwhelmed by significant numbers of Light Air Defense Missiles. [4]

Selected Weapon Models[edit]

  1. TL-7 Antiaircraft Rocket
  2. TL-8 Light Air Defense Missile
  3. TL-9 Light Air Defense Missile
  4. TL-10 Light Air Defense Missile
  5. TL-11 Light Air Defense Missile
  6. TL-12 Light Air Defense Missile
  7. TL-13 Light Air Defense Missile
  8. TL-14 Light Air Defense Missile
  9. TL-15 Light Air Defense Missile

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. Frank Chadwick. Mercenary (Game Designers Workshop, 1978), 41.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak