TITAN HEAVY MISSILE
The elite weapon of special ops airborne craft, the Titan Heavy Missile is indeed a force with which to be reckoned. Like its smaller cousin*
, the Sidewinder Light Missile, the Titan is armed with a high-powered explosive warhead. However, the Titan boasts over 40% more destructive power
than its lighter version
, making it capable of downing some of the more robust UFOs we have encountered.**
To complement this additional power, the Titan's navigational and propulsion systems have been upgraded,
surpassing those of the Sidewinder. It is capable of being launched twice as far away from a target as the Sidewinder, and with much greater accuracy. ****
Despite these statistics, the Titan has a downside: due to the complexity of its navigation and targeting systems, the Titan requires more time to lock onto its target, and therefore cannot be fired as rapidly as the Sidewinder. In addition, its larger components make loading more than two projectiles into a single
. Thus, the Titan is impractical for close or medium ranged, or of prolonged duration,
combat situations hostile encounters?
Nevertheless, the Titan Heavy Missile is one of the most powerful +++
weapons available to X-Com interception craft, and an invaluable addition to the fight against the alien menace.
* Should we really compare them? They are supposed to be different technology
** IIRC from the backstory, there weren't many hostile encouters thus far... In addition, at the start of the game the worst UFO you will encouter is the medium scout (most of the time you encouter probes or small scouts)
*** Far??? 2x more range and greater accuracy are really that "far"?
**** The Avalance had much bigger range than the sidewinder (x3-x4)
***** Is it possible in RL?? :S
+++ One? There are 3 of them and it's THE most powerful
- We could talk about the technology behind the Titan missile... Targeting/propulsion systems, about its powerload...
- Should we think of it as "the Sidewinder's cousin", or as "a powerful addition in the X-Corps' armory"? As Zombie mentioned, "Sidewinder's cousin" is greatly underestimating the Avalanche...
- We could talk more about the tactical advantages of the Avalance... More powerload -> A bigger "punch" on UFOs -> Easier to down bigger UFOs and ability to destroy mid-air the smaller ones... Longer range -> Safer Interceptors... Less units per launcher + Smaller attack rate -> An Interceptor shouldn't rely on Avalanches, we also need another weapon to accompany it... We could talk about the Avalanche+Sidewinder or Avalanche+Cannon combinations
It seems that cost-wise, feature-wise and appearance-wise, it is best to use the AIM-9_Sidewinder and AIM-54_Phoenix missiles as reference to the Sidewinder and Avalanche accordingly. Sparrow and Maverick just don't work
Edited by kafros, 26 December 2006 - 11:31 AM.