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Battlefield 3 features 5 rocket launchers, which are suited towards armored vehicles, against infantry and against aircraft. There are two main RPGs that each side starts out with, and another 3 can be unlocked by playing the Engineer class.


Battlefield 3 RPG 7
The RPG-7 was first introduced in 1961 and has been in service for more than 50 years, and has seen several conflicts, ranging from Vietnam to the gulf war. The RPG-7 is the starting rocket launcher for the Russian side in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 SMAW
The SMAW, or Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon, is a mainly intended as an assault weapon designed to destroy enemy targets and cover. The SMAW is the starting rocket launcher for the US side in battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 Javelin
The FGM-148 Javelin is a US-made portable anti tank missile launcher that’s been in use since 1996 and can lock on a target. The Javelin is unlocked in Battlefield 3 by the engineer class.

FIM-92 Stinger

Battlefield 3 Stinger
FIM-92 Stinger is a portable anti-air missile launcher that was developed in 1970s, and entered service in 1981. The Stinger is unlocked by the US engineer class in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 Igla
The SA-18 IGLA is the Russian counterpart to the Stinger missile, and operates in a similar way. The Igla is unlocked by the Russian engineer in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 AT4
The Swedish-made AT4, first introduced in the early 1980s, and is today one of the most widely used light anti tank rocket launchers in the world. It’s used by the US Army as its main rocket launcher/anti tank weapon, and has been used in Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Over 500,000 units have been produced to date. The AT4 appeared in Battlefield 2 and Bad Company 2, and is set to return in Battlefield 3.


  1. Luis Dominguez
    July 25th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on that new SMAW Rocket Launcher :)

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    • Alarik
      November 30th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Finally got the SMAW service star. Whatever, I’m sad the AT4 isn’t available in multiplayer, only available in singleplayer in the first trailers where you shoot the sniper with the AT4.

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  2. Tridosha
    July 25th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Seriously, are these ingame guns that have been cut out of a ss?
    My god this game looks realistic! I am soooo gonna buy this game <3

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  3. MiKE_nz
    July 25th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    As long as there isn’t the same issue in bf3 as there was in bc2 with the carl gustav being abused by noobs.

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    • GMS 95
      August 14th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      I agree, it’s horribly annoying when you shoot someone with a gun and they just take out that damn gustav and kill you with one shot.

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      • 2mnyzs
        August 21st, 2011 at 11:32 pm

        You make it sound like you’ve never ridden passenger in a blackhawk with your carl gustav before and rained hell on unsuspecting snipers.

        IE incase people didn’t know the RPG was more powerful than the gustav by a small but noticeable amount.

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        • Mr Pink
          October 25th, 2011 at 1:30 am

          Particularly if you use the extra explosive damage spec. Then it’s like you’re shooting thermobaric RPG rounds; they take out the whole wall instead of part of it!

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      • Tyleiah
        August 14th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

        I agree

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      • What the
        August 14th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        I agree to gms 95

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    • StangV2_0
      October 25th, 2011 at 9:41 am

      I am one of those ppl that enjoyed the cg. Think I got close on 6000 kills with it. But I eventually got bored of it and switched to assual.. And believe it or not hitting a sniper from far away while on the move aint easy. Its especially challenging bringing down choppers that haven’t been marked. I found it the most versatile class. I had a gun for infantry, and a cg for vehicles. And I’m sorry, but if feel like sniping from behind cover ( which is the norm) I’m then going to shoot that cover with a cg (which is the norm)

      I agree that the rpg does more damage. It most certainly does! But the cg aims and launches quicker..

      Looking forward to trying the stinger on aircraft!

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  4. Black Demon
    July 25th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    i think the rocket launchers are really good balanced against infantary. if you shoot on infantary its only a hitmarker, not a direct kill. thats what irritated me in bc2, the gustav noobs…

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    • BF enthusiast
      July 26th, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Black are you saying you have tried these launchers in the alpha?

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    • ImStalkinYou
      August 3rd, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      if you shoot a enemy in his ass with a rocket launcher, it will be a direct kill. also if you hit close the enemy

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  5. BF enthusiast
    July 25th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    please tell me the SMAW is not the “CG” of BF3. I can’t stand the idiots that play FPS games and only use noob tube and rocket launchers….especially on PC! You have a freaking mouse to aim with and your still so crappy that you need a spam weapon? good gawd sell your PC and buy a 360 if you fit this description

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    • Dr. Wut
      August 21st, 2011 at 5:50 am

      Comments like that are half of what makes using the propipe so fun.

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      • murphy
        October 27th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

        agreed dr. wut, and bf enthusiast: we already have noobs like that on 360, please dont send us anymore of them

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        • noobie
          November 11th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

          i had a kid in my Bf3 match ranting about how he was getting a huge killstreak with the “noobtube” on blackops

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  6. HomicideJack
    July 26th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Actually, the SMAw made it’s appearance in Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for the Playstation 2

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    • BF enthusiast
      July 26th, 2011 at 11:08 am

      which is why this is the first time I have seen it….pc FTW!

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  7. Who?
    July 28th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I hope they dont use that explosive upgrade spec because that was annoying in bc2.

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    July 28th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    What…. no AA missles?

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    • EnderGraff
      July 29th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      No AA as of yet. We do know that there will be AA vehicles and I assume there will be some sort of AA launcher.

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      • cronicstain
        August 1st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        The 9K22 should have surface-to-air missles(it does in real life) that can lock on to jets or helicopters in Battlefield 3.

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    • A gamer
      August 18th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      Well DICE said that the Stinger will make an apperance in the game

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    • zzerDrezz
      August 23rd, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      lol, did you notice that igla is AA?

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    • Shangri-La
      September 11th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      I’m pretty sure the Stinger and Igla are both AAs unless you’re talking about something completely different

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  9. stoner boner
    July 31st, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Why do you always list Bad Company 2 weapons? List something else for crying out loud.

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    • Alarik
      November 30th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      It’s only the AT4 which is listed from BC2, it was a good launcher and deserves to be suggested. The RPG doesn’t count since it’s pretty much the standard for cheap rocket launchers.

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  10. Alvatraust
    August 1st, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I hope they bring back the m2 recoiless rifle.

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  11. coolac
    August 2nd, 2011 at 3:08 am

    The SMAW was in Battlefield 2 you dumbass.

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    • oh my
      August 24th, 2011 at 12:36 am

      that was actually the SRAW smart one, 2 different types of launchers

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  12. xGOD of SMOKEx
    August 2nd, 2011 at 3:48 am

    I hope an RPG can’t do things a sidewinder missle can do when it can’t even shoot in a straight line. I say this because an RPG is a piece of crap and when I get tracered in BFBC2 the RPG can do like dime turning circles after I dodge it 6 times and bring me down ruining my epic momment.

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    • Dan
      August 2nd, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      I would love to show you a real rpg shooter i bring all vehicles down even though I prefer mines and c4 but every weapon is good with the right user.

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  13. unclewolf
    August 8th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Im interested in seeing what AA rocket options the engineer will have..stinger? SA-7 grail?

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  14. Calerand
    August 8th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Why not a panzerfast of some sort like the, (i mostlikely spelled that wrong), yes there is still panzerfasts being made and used today.

    to get trolled, why not the javelin, you know for when you really need to kill something on the other side of the map over a tower. (note none of theis lock on to people bull that Crap of duty MW@ has.
    PS. good way to get the noobs dead it goes up when fiered so if inside the user is dead.

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    • VineFynn
      August 21st, 2011 at 3:12 am

      Actually, you should know what you’re talking about before you say something.
      The Javelin DOES have a heat lock system, and it DOES track and move to hit vehicles.

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  15. Jackson
    August 9th, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I wonder if the Carl Gustav will be back :P

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  16. cy414
    August 9th, 2011 at 6:58 am

    soo… when are they gonna add rpg-27 & rpg-29 rather that that outmoded & obsolete twice over rpg-7. sure the 7 would still be a threat against LAV’s & HMV’s, but not so much to modern armour.

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    • Ghost Orb
      August 10th, 2011 at 4:38 am

      Especially with the anti rpg wire cages they have on IFVs and the like.
      Those should be some vehicle attachment that would take 4 or so rpgs in the same area to destroy the armor and then more to actually damage the vehicle.

      Abrams have that special Chobham/RHA combo armor which is impervious to almost anything. Realistically speaking, an AT-4 should be able to take out any other tank in one hit though.

      What I don’t like about the launchers is they never include factors like back blast. If you fired a standard AT-4 or a LAW inside a building or enclosed space, the back blast would kill you. I know CoD scores -3.2 on realism but I just hate seeing someone fire a LAW or AT4 from inside a house and not suffer organ(brain) damage xD
      Likewise on some other games…

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      • stikfigz_xD
        September 18th, 2011 at 5:43 am

        playing cod doesnt count as brain damage?

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      • Jake
        October 5th, 2011 at 7:59 am

        So true good to see realistic knowledge. Just spend some real time with weapons and you will know! ( 2 yrs Sherrif DPT.–lifelong firearms aficionado,, eagle scout, cchl holder,, )

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  17. Chalk 4
    August 10th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I loved the SMAW in Op Flashpoint and I hope it’s as good in BF3.

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  18. The Russian master
    August 11th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    The RPG 7 is not used by the Russian Army for 25 years new

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  19. ImStalkinYou
    August 12th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    i really hope there will be AT mines… not only for destroying vehichles, but also for seding teammates up in the air! that will make “Battlefield 3 Funny Moments” available for posting on youtube! =D and so will the tracer dart… :)

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  20. Hired_Mark
    August 13th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    There is a selection of AA rocket launchers confirmed.

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  21. GMS 95
    August 14th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    A Javelin would be nice but it would be kind of unfair because there’s really no defense against it. You would be screwed no matter what you did to get away.

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  22. bensta1
    August 14th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    battlefield 3 needs to put to use a javelin launcher for the ground warfare to balance out the tanks and ground troops

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    • GMS 95
      August 16th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      The Javelin is in. Check the Caspian Border multiplayer trailer. It’s in the Killfeed along with the Stinger, and the M320 grenade launcher. This will be a great improvement.

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  23. Cash McBaja
    August 15th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    How about some grenade launchers? (not that im trying to turn this game into a noob tube fest) Like the Russian GM-94 or South African PAW-20 Neopup. Looking forward to the SMAW.

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  24. Ty
    August 18th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    The Javelin is also confirmed.

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  25. A gamer
    August 20th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    can’t what to used these weapons on the battlefield

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