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 1942, two rocket launchers exist which are issued to the Anti-Tank kit as their primary weapon. Only one type exists for each main faction:
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:
- L.A.W., issued to the American and South Vietnamese
- RPG-7V, issued to the North Vietnamese and occasionally the Viet Cong
- RPG-2, issued to the Viet Cong
- SA-7, issued to the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong
In Battlefield 2, rocket launchers are issued to the Anti-Tank kit in the grenade slot. The list is:
- SRAW, issued to the USMC, US Navy SEALs, Special Air Service and the European Union.
- ERYX, issued to the Middle Eastern Coalition, People's Liberation Army and the Spetsnaz.
- RPG-7, issued to the Rebel Forces and the Insurgent Forces.
Battlefield 2: Modern CombatEdit
In Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, rocket launchers and recoilless rifles are issued to the Engineer kit as one of their gadgets. The list is:
- SMAW, issued to the US Marine Corps
- PF-98, issued to the People's Liberation Army
- Carl-Gustaf M3, issued to the European Union
- RPG-7V, issued to the Middle Eastern Coalition
In Battlefield 2142, rocket launchers are issued to the Engineer kit as a primary weapon:
- Mitchell AV-18, issued to the European Union
- Sudnik VP, issued to the Pan Asian Coalition
- Pilum H-AVR, issued to both factions
- Mitchell SAAW 86, issued to both factions
Battlefield: Bad CompanyEdit
In Battlefield: Bad Company, rocket launchers and recoilless rifles are issued to the Demolition kit as a secondary weapon. The list is:
- M136, issued to the US Army
- M2CG, issued to the Middle Eastern Coalition
- RPG7, issued to the Russian Army
In Battlefield Heroes, rocket launchers are issued to the Gunner class as one of their weapons. The list is:
In Battlefield Online, rocket launchers are issued to the Anti-Tank kit. The list is:
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. The list is:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit
In Battlefield 3, Engineers are equipped with rocket launchers that take up the Gadget 1 slot. These include: