The Laser Designator (LZ-537 in-game) appears in-game as a pair of binoculars. The laser designator is an unlockable anti-vehicle weapon for the Recon kit in Battlefield: Bad Company. It requires the player to lase in a target which an airstrike will lock onto. This Airstrike will drop a remote controlled JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) which the player will guide down to destroy the chosen target. When directly on target, it will destroy any vehicle type in a single, large explosion. Keep in mind that the player is left vulnerable while guiding the bomb.
The laser designator appears in the missions Par for the Course, when Mike-1-Juliet leaves one behind by an airdrop to use against a heavy tank, and in Ghost Town, when the player is ordered to send one on a huge fuel canister to create a distraction for Redford and Sweetwater.
Using the Laser DesignatorEdit
The laser designator is best used at longer distances, about 50+ meters. This way the player using the binoculars will be able to easily track a moving target and not be affected by the explosion made by the JDAM on impact and will also have less chance of being caught helpless while guiding down the JDAM. It is best to target an enemy vehicle which is stationary and even better to target a vehicle that has few ways to escape, due to the JDAM's terrible maneuverability, and the fact that a warning siren will alert the enemy in the vehicle of an incoming strike. Be aware that at large distances (about 500+ meters) the laser designator cannot register a target.
When trying to take down a vehicle at close range with the recon kit, it is probably a better idea to try and coax the enemy driver out of his vehicle and take him down that way. If you would rather not take such a risk, make sure you have not been spotted and wait for them to pass by so you can effectively use the laser designator.
When using the laser designator at close range is a necessity, not being spotted is extremely important, because if your enemy spots you before you use the weapon, they could easily kill you while you are guiding down the JDAM. Find a quiet spot where you will not be noticed and lase in the target, then before the camera switches to the JDAM, take cover as to not be seen or damaged by your own bomb.
When there is a stationary enemy vehicle, a good idea is to target a nearby empty vehicle, as not to alert the enemy of an incoming strike. Once the vehicle has been targeted, veer off the targeted vehicle and strike in on the unsuspecting enemy vehicle. This way you will have more chance of hitting your target as they will probably not try to escape as they normally might considering the warning alarm that goes off when that vehicle is targeted by the laser designator.
Avoiding the Laser DesignatorEdit
When being targeted by a laser designator while in a vehicle, several evasion tactics are:
- When in a light vehicle (Humvee, CAV, Golf Cart, etc.) all you need to do is drive as far away as possible, the speed of the vehicle can easily out-run the low maneuverability of the JDAM.
- Tanks are less maneuverable, when being warned about an incoming JDAM, drive in a straight line without stopping. The speed of the Tank can on some occasions, out-run the JDAM.
- Stay stationary and let the JDAM zero in on you. At the last moment, drive out from under the JDAM before it reaches you. This way the enemy will not have enough time to aim the JDAM and destroy you. If timed right, this can prove the best tactic.
- Exit the vehicle. Try and get under a building if possible as the JDAM cannot easily kill a target under cover. If lucky, you can draw the JDAM away from your vehicle and onto you. If you are even more lucky, this JDAM will not kill you/completely miss you and leave your vehicle unscathed as well.