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First introduced in [[2400]] by the [[Terran Hegemony]], '''Long Range Missiles''' are designed to engage the enemy at great distances at the expense of damage dealt.  Adapted towards the profusion of [[ECM|electronic jamming]] on the battlefield and the effectiveness of [[Armor - BattleMechs & Vehicles|current armor]] designs, these self-guided missiles are unique for using a special armor-piercing explosive warhead.  The development of a metal composite/high explosive mixture allowed for the warhead to be made entirely of high-explosive material; this same feature was later used to construct the missile's frame as well.  The result were warheads which had the same destructive capability as older warheads that were four times as long, allowing for more missiles to be carried and fired.  LRMs are capable of indirect fire and disperse over a smaller area than [[Short Range Missile]]s while causing less damage.  [[Inner Sphere]] LRM launchers achieve their superior range by firing at a ballistic launch angle, making them less accurate at close range.  [[Clan]] LRM launchers do not suffer from this effect, in addition to being smaller and more compact, thanks to their technological advantage.  LRMs are highly upgradable, able to fire [[:Category:Alternate Ammunition|a variety of warheads]] and benefit from devices such as [[Artemis IV FCS]].<ref>''TechManual'', p.229</ref><ref>''Era Report: 2750'', p. 99-100</ref>
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First introduced in [[2295]] by the [[Terran Hegemony]] and refined in [[2230]]<ref name="IOp118">''Interstellar Operations'', p. 118, "Prototype Dates For Basic Weapons Table"</ref>, '''Long Range Missiles''' are designed to engage the enemy at great distances at the expense of damage dealt.  Adapted towards the profusion of [[ECM|electronic jamming]] on the battlefield and the effectiveness of [[Armor - BattleMechs & Vehicles|current armor]] designs, these self-guided missiles are unique for using a special armor-piercing explosive warhead.  The development of a metal composite/high explosive mixture allowed for the warhead to be made entirely of high-explosive material; this same feature was later used to construct the missile's frame as well.  The result were warheads which had the same destructive capability as older warheads that were four times as long, allowing for more missiles to be carried and fired.  LRMs are capable of indirect fire and disperse over a smaller area than [[Short Range Missile]]s while causing less individual damage.  [[Inner Sphere]] LRM launchers achieve their superior range by firing at a ballistic launch angle, making them less accurate at close range.  [[Clan]] LRM launchers do not suffer from this effect, in addition to being smaller and more compact, thanks to their technological advantage.  LRMs are highly upgradable, able to fire [[:Category:Alternate Ammunition|a variety of warheads]] and benefit from devices such as [[Artemis IV FCS]].<ref>''TechManual'', p.229</ref><ref>''Era Report: 2750'', p. 99-100</ref>
 
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* [[LRM-10]]

Revision as of 20:01, 17 December 2018

Description

First introduced in 2295 by the Terran Hegemony and refined in 2230[1], Long Range Missiles are designed to engage the enemy at great distances at the expense of damage dealt. Adapted towards the profusion of electronic jamming on the battlefield and the effectiveness of current armor designs, these self-guided missiles are unique for using a special armor-piercing explosive warhead. The development of a metal composite/high explosive mixture allowed for the warhead to be made entirely of high-explosive material; this same feature was later used to construct the missile's frame as well. The result were warheads which had the same destructive capability as older warheads that were four times as long, allowing for more missiles to be carried and fired. LRMs are capable of indirect fire and disperse over a smaller area than Short Range Missiles while causing less individual damage. Inner Sphere LRM launchers achieve their superior range by firing at a ballistic launch angle, making them less accurate at close range. Clan LRM launchers do not suffer from this effect, in addition to being smaller and more compact, thanks to their technological advantage. LRMs are highly upgradable, able to fire a variety of warheads and benefit from devices such as Artemis IV FCS.[2][3]

Variants

Long Range Missile technology has been expanded upon since it was first introduced, especially in the years since the Clan Invasion spurred weapons designers on both sides. These include Extended, Enhanced, and Streak LRMs, as well as scaled-down battle armor versions.

Nearly all LRM types can be "hot loaded", implying that their warheads and guidance systems are armed, even as they sit in the ammo stores of the vehicle. This effectively eliminates the minimum range issue that Inner Sphere LRM missiles have, but at a cost of accuracy. For CBT play roll 3D6 dice, and use the lowest two results for the cluster hit table. Ammo hot loaded this way is armed in the tube, and will explode if the tubes are hit for their full damage value, while also being quite likely to chain react into the ammo stores for the 'Mech (on a roll of less than 6).[4]

References

  1. Interstellar Operations, p. 118, "Prototype Dates For Basic Weapons Table"
  2. TechManual, p.229
  3. Era Report: 2750, p. 99-100
  4. Tactical Handbook p. 48 Hot Loading LRMS

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