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Old 05-30-2020, 02:10 PM   #11
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I think in an ADQ&A someone allowed laser guided rockets in a sidecar to be fired with a laser on the bike as the rockets "were not aimed".
This is a editing failure -- stuff like Smart Links, or LG, were created to get around the problem of "similar weapons in different locations being fired together"; no one ever got around to deleting "obsolete" lines of text.

For ex., one particularly nasty tactic someone tried was: One cycle with a TL tags the target; the horde of rocket-armed bikes following that one all have their rockets tuned to follow the TL on the one bike; so long as the TL-armed bike and the Horde are all in the same arc of the target... can you say "Macross Missile Massacre"?

The idea is: The rockets from the Horde *don't know and don't care* where the TL creating the beam is, so long as the beam is "visible" to the rocket, the rocket can follow it.
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Old 05-30-2020, 04:13 PM   #12
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Hmmm. Except that you need links to the rocket and the laser and you can't link between vehicles (not withstanding the edge condition with car trailers).

It's not like you are continuously painting the target with the laser. CW lasers illuminate for the 1/5th of a second phase and then stop. If you have slaved the your own fire button to rockets then they can queue up the target at the same time and launch and arrive within that 1/5th second.

It isn't credible for a non-linked system to acquire and lock over a 60-90 degree arc with a manually coordinated launch with an illumination that short.

It might be different for laser-guided bombs as they spend more time in transit to the target, but I suspect Aeroduel glosses over all that.
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:03 PM   #13
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Hmmm. Except that you need links to the rocket and the laser and you can't link between vehicles (not withstanding the edge condition with car trailers).
[nod] The "car trailer" (and semi-trailer) issue throws the whole "no linking between cycle and sidecar" ruling for a loop.
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