Ship mounted rockets are weapon systems that fire self-projecting warheads at a target ship. They include:
Assault Rockets: They are usually carried by fighters and other small ships, to serve as anti-ship weapons. They are powered by a brief fusion reaction which causes them to fly even faster than torpedoes. Unlike torpedoes, however, assault rockets are not guided missiles. They rely on their tremendous speed to hit their target before it can dodge away. A ship can carry only a limited supply, so when a fighter runs out, it has to dock at an Assault Carrier to be reloaded.
Rocket Battery: This is a cluster of small rocket launchers. These rockets are much smaller than assault rockets, but they cause nearly as much damage as an assault rocket because many rockets are fired together. Like torpedoes and assault rockets, rocket batteries have a finite supply of rockets. A standard rocket battery holds 24 rockets at once. Rocket batteries usually have three to four rounds in storage, for a total of 72-96 rockets total.
Torpedo: This is a self-guided nuclear bomb that homes in on its target after it is launched. They are usually mounted on the nose of a ship, or its side, but still facing forward. Torpedoes are propelled by prolonged fission reactions which enable them to travel at tremendous speeds. They serve as potent anti-ships weapons on most warships. After 120,000 kilometers of ceaseless flight, it will detonate automatically.
Seeker Missiles: These are self-guided nuclear warheads that can be deployed and activated remotely. Once activated, it will target the closest ship by flying towards it, and blowing up. A targeted ship can try to evade a seeker missile by putting another ship - ideally an enemy ship - between itself and the missile as the missiles do not distinguish between friendly and enemy ships. Seekers will not be attracted to planets, moons, asteroids or space stations.
Interceptor Missiles (ICM): Interceptor missiles are small missiles that can be fired at incoming torpedoes, assault rockets and rocket battery barrages. They explode right before the incoming rockets and missile, creating a field shrapnel to damage their warheads. This is not an offensive weapon, but a defensive system.
Mines: Although not rocketry, they are still serviced by Rocket Weapon Gunners. They are deployed in large numbers by Minelayers over a large area of space. They are best deployed in and around debris fields, as the openness of space makes it hard to hide them. Proximity sensors on the mines cause them to detonate. They are nuclear weapons, but in space, nuclear weapons are not as effective in space as they are on a planet's surface, though the spread and blast do still cover a lot of ground. Because of the danger, all but the most foolish or desperate captain would try to navigate around them.
Notes & ReferencesEdit
- ↑ This fusion reaction is NOT a sustainable power source: it is a hydrogen bomb: Yes; each assault rocket uses an H-bomb to propel it to the target.