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The Mitchell SAAW 86 is a rocket launcher in Battlefield 2142. This anti-air weapon was built with a low-density steel composite and has a CPU-controlled balance system for maximization of portability. It fires guided rockets at air targets, but may also be used against ground targets as well.
Unlike other anti-vehicle weapons, the SAAW holds two rockets and has automatic locking for enemy aircraft. It does little damage to ground targets and it cannot lock onto them, while the Mitchell AV-18, Sudnik VP and even Pilum can all be used against enemy aircraft with a bit of practice.
Locking onto enemy aircraft requires about two continuous seconds of training the weapon reticule. On detecting a valid aircraft (including UAVs belonging to either team), the weapon beeps intermittently; when lock is achieved, the weapon emits a solid tone. With active lock, the fired round will chase after its target. If lock is lost due to intervening terrain or buildings, the rocket will fly upward, though it can be directed against other locked targets. The rockets also self-detonate after about 450 meters, which coincides with the weapon's tracking range. One rocket will do roughly 50% damage to enemy gunships and 35% against air transports, though it's about as fast as any other rocket so the enemy aircraft might simply run away from it. The SAAW's tracking system remains active whether the user has ammo or not, so it can be used to pester enemy aircraft.The SAAW appears in-game as an apparent secondary function of each faction's main anti-vehicle weapon. The EU version shares the same model as the Mitchell AV-18, but it is slightly darker in color and has an LCD screen on the side of the barrel which the AV-18 lacks. The PAC version uses the Sudnik model with the console's aircraft button lit/flashing.