Launchers are weapons which fire explosive projectiles that are featured throughout the entire Call of Duty series. In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: World at War, they are available only as Perks, however, in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II they are available as secondary weapons.
Launchers have many different purposes. They can be used as indirect fire support, anti-armor, anti-personnel purposes and anti-air purposes.
The different types are as follows:
- Unguided Launchers: Fires unguided rockets to destroy targets, mainly enemy soldiers, and includes weapons such as the AT4 and RPG.
- Guided Launchers: Fires lock-on missiles to fly at targets; they can be in direct or top-attack profile flight. Must have a lock on-to track like the Javelin and the Strela-3.
Launchers are now classified as secondary weapons.
The M202 and Valkyrie Rockets are also available in the game, but they are classified as Specials.
The War Machine, MM1 Grenade Launcher and Valkyrie Launcher are also available, but they are classified as Specials in-game. The MM1 and Valkyrie are exclusive to the campaign.