|Type||:||Medium range surface-to-air missile.|
|Service history||:||2028-2033, SC (All branches).|
|Propulsion||:||Hybrid rocket engine.|
|Guidance||:||Combined active/passive radar with IIR/LLTV.|
|Max speed||:||Mach 3.0.|
|Platforms||:||MLSAM-8 Armored Mobile Missile Launcher.|
The Swordfish was the main tactical air defense missile used by the SC. As such, the Swordfish is used by all branches for base defense, and by the Tactical Corps for battlefield air defense as well.
The standard Swordfish launcher is MLSAM-8, which carries a blocky launcher with 8 missiles. Also built onto this mounting is the secondary tracking system, which can guide the missiles optically. The radar sensors are mounted on a different vehicle, which also serves as the fire control platform.
Although a capable SAM, the Swordfish was less effective against the Assault Carriers of the Tirolians, which could destroy a Swordfish salvo before it could hit. As a weapon against the Invid, it met with considerably more success, destroying many Iigaa and Gurab mecha beyond the ground defense perimeters. However, the remaining Invid usually overran the empty MLSAM-8s shortly afterwards.
Go to Southern Cross Surface-Air Missile Index.
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