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Production information
Type Capital Missile
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Year Availability 3072[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 15
Damage 4 Capital
40 Standard[2]
Minimum Range N/A
Short Range 1-3[3]
Medium Range 4-6
Long Range 7-9
Extreme Range 10-12
Tons 140[4]
Ammo Per Ton 1/15 (one missile weighs 15 tons)[4]
Cost (unloaded) 110,000
Ammo Cost (per ton) 25,000
BV (2.0) 317 (launcher), 40 (ammunition)[5]


The Swordfish was the sub-capital equivalent of the Killer Whale missile. Inflicting large amounts of damage, but hindered by the size of the missiles it fired, the Swordfish was probably one of the Blakists' early successes. The Swordfish did an excellent job when it came to destroying enemy fighters, but the sheer mass of its ammunition restricted the amount of missiles a DropShip could carry. The launcher mechanism weighed 140 tons, and the missiles themselves weighed 15 tons.


The Swordfish missile system only has one model.


Game Notes[edit]

The Swordfish doesn't have a to-hit modifier against targets smaller than 500 tons.[6]

If an AeroSpace Fighter is hit by a Swordfish, there is a chance that it will suffer a critical hit. This is in addition to any critical hit that results from damage.

When used as surface to surface artillery the Swordfish functions as a "dumb" Arrow IV missile, ignoring any TAG benefits. As the missile isn't designed for this purpose, it also imposes a +2 to hit modifier.[7]


  1. Tactical Operations, p. 344
  2. Tactical Operations, p. 410
  3. Strategic Operations Record Sheets and Compiled Tables, p. 31
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tactical Operations Errata
  5. Tactical Operations, p. 384
  6. Tactical Operations, p. 343
  7. Tactical Operations, p. 343