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For a similarly named rocket launcher, see MAAWS.

The SMAW is a rocket launcher featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

SMAW Menu Icon MW3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Damage

115-55 (MP)

Weapon Class

Launchers

Magazine Size

1 rocket

Starting Ammunition

1 + 0 (SP & MP)

Maximum Ammunition

1 + 1 (SP & MP)

Used by

Delta Force

HUD icon

SMAW HUD MW3

CampaignEdit

The SMAW is the secondary weapon in "Goalpost", and can be used to destroy enemy T-90 tanks.

MultiplayerEdit

The SMAW is available from the start in Multiplayer as a secondary weapon in a default class. It must be aimed down sights in order to be fired, similar to other launchers. The SMAW works similarly to the AT4 from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and the M72 LAW from Call of Duty: Black Ops, being able to be fired freely as well locking onto aircraft. Although it only has one shot, it is very accurate and has a relatively large blast radius.

Special OpsEdit

The SMAW is briefly used by the player riding in the Little Bird to destroy the three T-90 tanks on the bridge at the beginning of "Little Bros". It is also used in "Iron Clad" to destroy the enemy tanks, helicopters and infantry.

GalleryEdit

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIEdit

SMAW Menu Icon BOII
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Damage

150-70

Weapon Class

Launchers

Magazine Size

1 rocket

Tier

17

Unlocked at

Completing Judgment Day (SP)
Level 4 (MP)

Starting Ammunition

1 + 3 (SP), 1 + 0 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

1 + 4 (SP), 1 + 1 (MP)

Used by

J-SOC, SDC, Mercs

HUD icon

SMAW Pick-Up Icon BOII

"Free-fire shoulder-mounted rocket launcher. Can lock-on to enemy vehicles and turrets."
— Description.

CampaignEdit

The SMAW reappears in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It can be unlocked for the customized loadout after completing the campaign, but it doesn't have the homing capability seen in multiplayer. While it is rare weapon in the rest of the campaign, it is a very common weapon in the Strike Force missions, appearing in all of them except "I.E.D.".

MultiplayerEdit

In multiplayer, the SMAW is a hybrid launcher, meaning it can be free-fired and can lock on to hostiles' scorestreaks, making it essentially a "best of both worlds" style mix between FHJ-18 AA and RPG. However, for the sake of balance, it only comes with one rocket by default. It can be resupplied up to two rockets total with the use of Scavenger, although the player must use a non-explosive weapon for the bag to drop. Alternatively, the player may pick up the ammo from dropped SMAWs on the ground. Unlike the AT4-HS in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and the SMAW in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and like the M72 LAW in Call of Duty: Black Ops, the missile does full damage to aircraft, destroying it in one successful hit. The SMAW is ideal against scorestreaks with no flares, such as UAVs, as they only need one missile to take down. However, if the player is mainly focusing on only either infantry or aircraft, it may be wiser to choose the RPG or FHJ-18 AA as they have two missiles by default each.

Camouflages can be unlocked for the SMAW by completing challenges, like most other weapons. The camouflages are obtained by:

  • DEVGRU - Destroy 5 aircraft with the SMAW.
  • A-TACS AU - Destroy 10 aircraft with the SMAW.
  • ERDL - Destroy 20 aircraft with the SMAW.
  • Siberia - Destroy 30 aircraft with with SMAW.
  • Choco - Destroy 40 aircraft with the SMAW.
  • Blue Tiger - Destroy 50 aircraft with the SMAW.
  • Bloodshot - Destroy 60 aircraft with the SMAW.
  • Ghostex: Delta 6 - Destroy 75 aircraft with the SMAW.
  • Kryptek: Typhon - Destroy 100 aircraft with the SMAW.
  • Carbon Fiber - Get 10 impact kills with the SMAW.
  • Cherry Blossom - Destroyed[sic] 5 aircraft in a single game 1 time with the SMAW.
  • Art of War - Get 1 kill from a car using the SMAW.
  • Ronin - Get 5 Double Kill medals using the SMAW.
  • Skulls - Destroy 1 Dragonfire with the SMAW.
  • Gold - Complete all Camo unlocks for the SMAW.

GalleryEdit

For camouflage images, see SMAW/Camouflage.

TriviaEdit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

  • It is likely that the SMAW is the AT4's replacement, as the AT4 was seen used by the Delta Force in early trailers and gameplay for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but was later cut.
  • When the launcher is empty, the draw time is drastically slower than when it is full.
  • The SMAW will not destroy enemy killstreaks that have a large health pool, such as the Attack Helicopter, Advanced UAV, and the Osprey killstreaks.
  • While aiming down the sights, there is an easy to spot QR code on the rear post of the weapon which when scanned will output "97 01 85 71 52 61 79 6d 65 4c 6f 76 65 73 53 61 72 61 68". This can be translated into "LovesSarah".
  • It is also possible to still kill a Juggernaut in one direct hit with the SMAW.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIEdit

  • The intros to the missions "Dispatch" and "Cordis Die" show soldiers firing homing missiles from SMAWs, an ability they do not have in the singleplayer mode itself.
  • Strangely, the SMAW will not destroy a MQ-27 Dragonfire (which is considered to have light armor) with one shot but will destroy all other aerial scorestreaks as long as the missile is not diverted by counter-measures. 
  • When seen in third person, the SMAW is held like a pistol.
  • Even when empty, the SMAW will still lock on, the lock on ability is only cancelled out by EMP grenades/scorestreak.

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