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27th Oct '17 11:39:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' gives Gordon Freeman a laser-guided missile launcher that is quite good at taking down Combine gunships.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' gives Gordon Freeman a laser-guided missile launcher that is quite good at taking down Combine gunships.
24th Oct '17 6:59:22 PM nombretomado
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** Allied AEGIS cruisers in ''Red Alert 2'' unleash a missile spam on air units, and only them. By comparison, GLA quad guns in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Generals]]'' are as efficient on aircrafts as on infantry. As do the [[ChineseWithChopperSupport Chinese]] [[GatlingGood Gat]][[MoreDakka ling]] tank, which can actually ''shred'' infantry divisions with only a handful of them. Lastly, the US Patriot Missile systems can destroy large groups of any vehicle extremely fast. Which includes both aircraft and tanks.

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** Allied AEGIS cruisers in ''Red Alert 2'' unleash a missile spam on air units, and only them. By comparison, GLA quad guns in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Generals]]'' are as efficient on aircrafts as on infantry. As do the [[ChineseWithChopperSupport [[UsefulNotes/ChineseWithChopperSupport Chinese]] [[GatlingGood Gat]][[MoreDakka ling]] tank, which can actually ''shred'' infantry divisions with only a handful of them. Lastly, the US Patriot Missile systems can destroy large groups of any vehicle extremely fast. Which includes both aircraft and tanks.
18th Oct '17 10:55:29 AM brolaf
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** There's also anti-space guns. They get referenced a few times in 1 and 2, and we finally see an example of an anti-space battery in 3; it's a small building housing three massive 100 meter long railguns that can accurately hit ships thousands of kilometers away, and take out even the most advanced ships in the galaxy in only a few shots. Granted, they have slower firing rates than ships and no defenses, but they're still good cheap glass cannon defenses. Any attacking force will lose a lot of cruisers if they try to slug it out with the guns, forcing them to either take the losses or send in large amounts of commandos. That said, dreadnoughts, with their extremely long ranges of tens of thousands of kilometers, can pretty much ignore the guns, though actually bombarding a planet with a dreadnought is equivalent to nuking your enemies in our universe. Probably because a single slug from a dreadnought impacts with three times the force of the Hiroshima bomb and a dreadnought can fire one out every five seconds with near InfiniteAmmo. Not many factions have dreadnoughts, though not have such powerful defenses either.

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** There's also anti-space guns. They get referenced a few times in 1 and 2, and we finally see an example of an anti-space battery in 3; it's a small building housing three massive 100 meter long railguns that can accurately hit ships thousands of kilometers away, and take out even the most advanced ships in the galaxy in only a few shots. Granted, they have slower firing rates than ships and no defenses, but they're still good cheap glass cannon defenses. Any attacking force will lose a lot of cruisers if they try to slug it out with the guns, forcing them to either take the losses or send in large amounts of commandos. That said, dreadnoughts, with their extremely long ranges of tens of thousands of kilometers, can pretty much ignore the guns, though actually bombarding a planet with a dreadnought is equivalent to nuking your enemies in our universe. Probably because a single slug from a dreadnought impacts with three times the force of the Hiroshima bomb and a dreadnought can fire one out every five two seconds with near InfiniteAmmo. Not many factions have dreadnoughts, though not have such powerful defenses either.
4th Oct '17 10:41:54 AM x_countryguy
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** The second instance is when [[spoiler: Major Anderson is shot down]].

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** The second instance is when [[spoiler: Major [[spoiler:Major Anderson is shot down]].



* In the {{Ryanverse}} novel ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin'', one of the characters is an Afghan who excels in using the FIM-92 Stinger missile launcher to shoot down Russian helicopters. He also averts the CripplingOverspecialization at the end by [[spoiler: using the heat-seeking warhead to lock on to and destroy Russian guard towers with electric heaters in them.]]

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* In the {{Ryanverse}} novel ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin'', one of the characters is an Afghan who excels in using the FIM-92 Stinger missile launcher to shoot down Russian helicopters. He also averts the CripplingOverspecialization at the end by [[spoiler: using [[spoiler:using the heat-seeking warhead to lock on to and destroy Russian guard towers with electric heaters in them.]]



** "Brig Break" begins with a JAG investigation concerning a [[ChekhovsGun missing Stinger missile]] before [[GonnaNeedABiggerWarrant the titular brig break occurs]]. The missing Stinger launcher is used on a Sea Stallion helicopter pursuing the villains. [[spoiler: But it was sabotaged so the warhead didn't go off.]]

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** "Brig Break" begins with a JAG investigation concerning a [[ChekhovsGun missing Stinger missile]] before [[GonnaNeedABiggerWarrant the titular brig break occurs]]. The missing Stinger launcher is used on a Sea Stallion helicopter pursuing the villains. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But it was sabotaged so the warhead didn't go off.]]
29th Sep '17 9:26:58 PM drakensis
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* In ''Fanfic/AlongCameASpider'', Kai pilots a 'Mech specifically designed for air defense, with advanced radar and a 360 degree weapon arc.
19th Sep '17 1:12:05 AM ironcommando
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SubTrope of WeaponOfXSlaying. Compare {{Shoryuken}} for fictional martial-arts moves designed to counter an airborne opponent, as well as AntiCavalry, AntiInfantry, AntiVehicle, and AntiArmor.

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SubTrope of WeaponOfXSlaying. Compare {{Shoryuken}} for fictional martial-arts moves designed to counter an airborne opponent, as well as AntiCavalry, AntiInfantry, AntiVehicle, AntiStructure and AntiArmor.
17th Sep '17 11:33:00 AM nombretomado
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** It should be noted that in RealLife, the carrier would have been protected by the numerous [[SuperiorFirepowerSurfaceToAirMissiles AEGIS]] cruisers and destroyers surrounding it. Given that they were in range of a Russian bomber regiment, not having a CAP is also rather foolish.

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** It should be noted that in RealLife, the carrier would have been protected by the numerous [[SuperiorFirepowerSurfaceToAirMissiles [[UsefulNotes/SuperiorFirepowerSurfaceToAirMissiles AEGIS]] cruisers and destroyers surrounding it. Given that they were in range of a Russian bomber regiment, not having a CAP is also rather foolish.
27th Aug '17 1:05:27 AM Doug86
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* While many battleships built during and in the decade or two after UsefulNotes/WW1 typically had limited ability to defend against air attacks, some UsefulNotes/WW2 battleships ''brimmed'' with anti-air firepower. Examples include the United States' ''North Carolina, South Dakota'' and ''Iowa-class'' battleships. During one battle, an Admiral on an adjacent ship queried ''USS North Carolina'' asking if she was on fire because of the sheer volume of muzzle flashes from MoreDakka the ship's AA guns were throwing up. In adition to them, the Japanese designed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Shiki_%28anti-aircraft_shell%29 special AA ammo]] for the main guns of their battleships, that however were considered by US pilots as little more than pyrotechnic shows.

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* While many battleships built during and in the decade or two after UsefulNotes/WW1 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI typically had limited ability to defend against air attacks, some UsefulNotes/WW2 battleships ''brimmed'' with anti-air firepower. Examples include the United States' ''North Carolina, South Dakota'' and ''Iowa-class'' battleships. During one battle, an Admiral on an adjacent ship queried ''USS North Carolina'' asking if she was on fire because of the sheer volume of muzzle flashes from MoreDakka the ship's AA guns were throwing up. In adition to them, the Japanese designed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Shiki_%28anti-aircraft_shell%29 special AA ammo]] for the main guns of their battleships, that however were considered by US pilots as little more than pyrotechnic shows.
22nd Aug '17 5:34:12 AM EDP
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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' Earth Alliance has the Interceptors, energy weapons with two uses: the first is to [[ShootTheBullet intercept enemy fire]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hence the name]]), the other is shooting down enemy fighters. And without enemy ships to distract them, the Interceptors will mow down enemy fighters with little effort: the one time a group of [[SpacePirate raiders]] attacked the titular station, their fighters survived [[CurbStompBattle less than ten seconds]] after Sinclair realized their mothership was unarmed and had the station's ''antiquated'' Interceptors repurposed.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' ''Series/BabylonFive''
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Earth Alliance has the Interceptors, energy weapons with two uses: the first is to [[ShootTheBullet intercept enemy fire]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hence the name]]), the other is shooting down enemy fighters. And without enemy ships to distract them, the Interceptors will mow down enemy fighters with little effort: the one time a group of [[SpacePirate raiders]] attacked the titular station, their fighters survived [[CurbStompBattle less than ten seconds]] after Sinclair realized their mothership was unarmed and had the station's ''antiquated'' Interceptors repurposed.repurposed.
** Pretty much any race has particle weapons for both jobs (indeed, the Interceptors are notable because they're better than Earth Alliance tech level should allow and have a low-level shield as a bonus, and EA complements them with more powerful weapons that are almost as good). The exception are the Hyach, who use lasers as anti-air and a different system against enemy incoming fire, and some races that use matter weapons (projectile-based) for the job, either for preference (the Orieni. Their gatling railguns are frighteningly effective against fighters and missiles) or because they are technologically primitive.
3rd Aug '17 1:24:40 AM ddyingle
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* Various mounts have been produced utilizing the [[GatlingGood M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon]], most commonly associated with American fighter jets. Despite the use of radar-assisted targeting, they are of limited use against aircraft in an age of {{Roboteching}} munitions with [[ImprobableAimingSkills rediculous accuracy]] and a range measured in tens of miles. However, experience has shown that the vehicle-mounted Vulcan cannons are ''tremendously'' effective against just about any sort of ground vehicle short of a tank, due to the Vulcan's hitting power and [[MoreDakka impressive rate of fire]].

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* Various mounts have been produced utilizing the [[GatlingGood M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon]], most commonly associated with American fighter jets. Despite the use of radar-assisted targeting, they are of limited use against aircraft in an age of {{Roboteching}} munitions with [[ImprobableAimingSkills rediculous ridiculous accuracy]] and a range measured in tens of miles. However, experience has shown that the vehicle-mounted Vulcan cannons are ''tremendously'' effective against just about any sort of ground vehicle short of a tank, due to the Vulcan's hitting power and [[MoreDakka impressive rate of fire]].
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