The anti-armor weapons of United States light infantry has long stood vigilant across many wars, with famous launchers such as the FIM-92 'Stinger', M72 LAW and the vengeful Javelin turning any enemy tank into scrap metal with one successful hit. However, during the 21st century, the United States Armed Forces had to take drastic budget cuts in order to continue field their armies with portable anti-armor weapons. With more advanced enemies appearing on the horizon and with a decline of volunteers for the mobile infantry, the U.S. Armed Forces had a dilemma. They needed to consolidate the amount of heavy weapon specialists in each regiment, meaning they had to carry more weapons if they were to engage both ground and air targets. The solution was the SRAW. The SRAW fires an SACLOS missile that can be fired and guided upon any type of target, be it tank, helicopter, or in some cases, even jets. The warhead used is not the heaviest nor most efficient one, but its versitality in use compared to any other system made it popular amongst the US-troops.
During the Global War on Terror, the wielders of these launchers were comically named 'Missile Defenders', due to them being rarely issued more than the SRAW and a handgun.
Standard Firing Mode
|The Missile Defender launch missiles as normal.|
Attacking laser locked targets will have the Missile Defender launch the missiles in top-attack mode, allowing them to attack from beyond their normal range with 20% increased firing rate.
Laser Lock Mode
|The Missile Defender designates an enemy vehicle or aircraft at long range and relays the targeting data to other Missile Defenders in a radius of 60.|
Acquiring a laser lock takes 2 seconds.
Call in a Drone Airlifter
|Call in a Drone Airlifter on the Missile Defender.|
The Missile Defender is the USA's primary anti-armor and anti-air infantry. Armed with a powerful missile launcher, the Defender can cut through vehicles and aircraft with ease. Since they lack defense against infantry however, it is generally a good idea to pair them with Rangers, Vanguards, or Pathfinders, in order to offer better offensive power against a variety of threats.
The Missile Defender also has a unique toggled ability called Laser Lock. A Defender will "paint" a target vehicle using this mode, gaining a range boost, and allowing all nearby Missile Defenders to open fire on it with a much higher rate of fire, guaranteeing the vehicle's destruction. This is especially in handy when dealing with heavier threats such as Overlords.