The Surface to Air Missile launcher shoots down any aircraft used by the Ghosts. They are usually present in UNIDAD bases, especially in Media Luna province. Santa Blanca sometimes have them in a few bases around Bolivia.
The Launcher is fitted with a radar, so is probably active radar guided. Their appearance is probably inspired by the SA-19 Grison (2K22 Tunghuska), albeit a fixed version, without the cannons and with an additional pair of launchers by each side. These SAM Launchers are designed for firing automatically without human input. The SAMs are operated by AI because they are designed to fire at slow moving targets like the ones used extensively in the game and not fast moving military aircraft. Their main targets may also be drug planes from the cartel. A large quantity of crashed planes can be seen in this game, hinting at their use against drug planes.
How to Avoid
The game advises players to fly low to avoid detection. However this can only be achieved when the aircraft is about 20 meters or less above the ground. A good tactic is to shift laterally before the missile hit (this is best done with the AH-1W Super Cobra), but it is not easy to master.
Before stealing an aircraft from a UNIDAD base, destroy each SAM with a C4 (detonate exactly at same time of takeoff, for avoiding a UNIDAD alert) or shut down any generators inside each base.
|Ghost Recon Vehicles & Drones|
|Ground Vehicles||M1 Abrams • M1126 Stryker • M2 Bradley • M109 • M113A2 ADATS • HMMWV • Ghost Truck • Jeep|
Armored SUV • Armored APC • T-62 • T-72 • T-80 • T-90 • T98 MBT • BTR-90 • BMP-2 • T86 IFV
UAZ-469 • GAZ-66 • GAZ Tigr • WZ551 APC • 2S3 Akatsiya • 9K35 Strela-10 • PVRU
SAM Launcher • FAV • 4x4 (Unidad) • Military Truck
|Aircraft||UH-60 Black Hawk • MH-60K Black Hawk • V-22 Osprey • Kestrel • V8-99 Sphinx|
Aurora • CH-47F Chinook • OH-58D Kiowa • AH-6 Little Bird • AH-64 Apache Helicopter
AH-1 SuperCobra • RC-12 • Mi-24 Hind • Mi-8 Helicopter • WZ-9 Gunship • Ka-60
|Drones||UAV Drone • Drone • M.U.L.E. • Warhound • Hammer drone • SUGV • DAR • GGT|
HD-MG • HD-SR • Bodark drone • UGCV drone • Heavy • VAR-SV • VAR-KP • VAR-RU
LAZO • ZAR-V