A shoulder-fired missile is a class of weapon in the Battlefield Series. Shoulder-fired missiles usually refer to large weapons that fulfill the role of a ranged anti-vehicle weapon, firing large, relatively slow moving and explosive projectiles. Throughout the Battlefield series, shoulder-fired missiles have come in the form of either rocket launchers or recoilless guns/recoilless rifles.
A rocket launcher fires a rocket-propelled projectile which deploys stabilizing fins to increase accuracy. After leaving the barrel, the projectile continues to accelerate as it travels because it is constantly being propelled. Rockets also having an arming time which activates sometime after the projectile has left the barrel making rockets launchers more effective after a certain range (this wasn't a feature in the Battlefield series until Battlefield 3).
In earlier Battlefield games, shoulder-fired missiles were issued to more dedicated kits such as the anti-tank kit or the more versatile heavy assault and demolition kits as primary or secondary weapons. In more recent games, they have been integrated into the equipment or gadget slots of the engineer kit.
In Battlefield Vietnam, rocket launchers are issued to the Engineer kits of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army or to the Heavy Assault kit of all factions as a secondary weapon or in the case of the SA-7, as a primary weapon. The list is:
Battlefield 2: Modern CombatEdit
In Battlefield 2142, rocket launchers are issued to the Engineer kit as a primary weapon.
Battlefield: Bad CompanyEdit
In Battlefield: Bad Company, rocket launchers and recoilless rifles are issued to the Demolition kit as a secondary weapon.
In Battlefield 1942, anti-tank recoilless rifles are one of the Infantry's gadgets. Forming the game's main anti-armor contingent, they are both armed with an M18 recoilless rifle with a slightly different pain scheme.
In Battlefield Online, rocket launchers are issued to the Anti-Tank kit.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, rocket launchers and recoilless rifles are issued to the Engineer kit in the Gadget 1 slot for both Factions. In singleplayer, only the M2CG makes an appearance as a usable anti-tank launcher. There is, however, one scene where a soldier under Kirilenko's command makes use of an RPG-7.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit
The Vietnam expansion for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 returns with only a single usable anti-tank launcher; this is the RPG-7.
Battlefield Play4Free has only a single usable rocket launcher for either faction; the RPG-7.
In Battlefield 3, Engineers are equipped with rocket launchers that take up the Gadget 1 slot. The singleplayer aspect provides three different anti-tank launchers, the AT4, FGM-148 Javelin, SMAW, and FIM-92 Stinger. The PLR and Islamic Republic of Iran Army make use of RPG-7s at multiple points, none of which may be acquired by the player.
In Battlefield 4, the Engineer kit is equipped with rocket launchers, taking up either Gadget slot.