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A concussion missile.

A concussion missile was a short-range, wingless anti-vehicle missile generally deployed by vehicle mounted launchers. There were a wide range of concussion missiles, varying in speed, maneuverability, and destructive capability. The concussion missile evolved from the ancient concussion spheres that were bigger, slower, and less destructive weapons that were similar to traditional bombs.



A trio of concussion missiles

Weapons manufacturers generally produced both the launchers and the missiles, and sold them as units. Ground forces used them against any fast moving vehicle. In space combat concussion missiles ranged in potency from anti-starfighter weapons launched from other diminutive craft; all the way up to devastating warheads that were capable of crippling massive capital ships that were launched from specialized defensive satellites.[1]

Each missile was stored and launched from a pressurized canister which was designed to protect it during transport, storage, and loading, but also acted as a launch tube. The canisters were racked in magazines that were loaded into a vehicle. The magazines were circular and the missile was launched out sideways before igniting and traveling its due course (only applies for ground-based launchers).

Each concussion missile featured an armor-piercing tip that penetrated a target's hull before igniting the missile's compact energy pack, causing more devastating results than single-shot turbolaser cannons.[2] The impact would trigger the missile's warhead, which like proton torpedoes, was either nuclear or thermonuclear in nature. A concussion missile did not necessarily need to impact in order to detonate, however, some could be set to explode at a preset proximity to the target. In atmosphere, the missile created a deafening sonic boom and caused major damage to the surrounding area.


Concussion missile launcher.

Starfighters such as the Rebel Alliance RZ-1 A-wing interceptor and the Imperial Missile Boat made extensive use of concussion missiles in dogfights.

The Victory I-class Star Destroyer was well known for its battery of concussion missiles, however newer capital ships like the Imperial-class Star Destroyer replaced them with ion cannons because missiles were expensive and could only be carried in limited numbers. Some were equipped with multiple-lock on systems.

Lando Calrissian used concussion missiles during the Battle of Endor. It was with this kind of missile that was fired at the main reactor of Death Star II that triggered the fatal blow, after wingman Wedge Antilles used Proton Torpedoes to take out the power regulator.


Notable models

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Behind the scenes

In early LucasArts games, such as Star Wars: X-wing, concussion missiles were simply referred to as missiles. This kind of warhead is used commonly in all of the X-wing games.



Notes and references

  1. Star Wars: Empire at War
  2.  "Base Set" - Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game (Card: Concussion Missile)

See also

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Concussion missiles, more specifically known as EF-5000 "Extreme Frag" concussion missiles, were a nuclear-yield warhead that impacted on its target at light speed or near-light speed velocity, enabling it to penetrate even the most hardened armor. They could be carried by almost any space craft from star fighter class upwards, and were part of the reason why capital ships protected themselves with projectile as well as ray shielding. Observed from a distance, the EF-5000 looked like a glowing yellow energy ball that flew away from the launcher, and then slowly steered around to home in on the target.

Behind the scenes

This variety of missile was created by RPF-roleplayer Sith-I-5 as a Republic-era ordnance to be used whenever he needed that weapon. Sith-I-5 used same the naming convention as the late science fiction writer Douglas Adams, where the name alluded to the function. With the "Extreme Frag", Sith-I-5 likesd to think, "it does what it says on the tin!"

This article uses material from the "Concussion missiles" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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