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Thunderbolt Missile

This article is about the weapon. For the BattleMech, see Thunderbolt.
Thunderbolt Missile.png
Production information
Type Missile
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Year Availability 3053[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 6
Damage 10
Minimum Range N/A
Short Range 1-5
Medium Range 6-10
Long Range 11-15
Tons 1
Critical Slots 1
Ammo Per Ton N/A


The Thunderbolt Missile was developed for the arenas of Solaris. Unlike most missile systems, the Thunderbolt was a single missile that smashed into its target. Though it was effective in the arenas, it didn't see widespread use in the field because the single missile was very vulnerable to Anti-Missile Systems. The missile launcher, though small, was awkward to mount and would only fit on the left or right torso of a 'Mech.[2]

In addition, if hit by weapons fire, the Thunderbolt Missile would inflict the same damage on the 'Mech mounting it as well as increasing the heat scale by 15 points.


The Thunderbolt Missile is considered obsolete, but was used as the basis for the Thunderbolt 5, Thunderbolt 10, Thunderbolt 15, and Thunderbolt 20 in Tactical Operations.


  1. Unbound, p. 4
  2. Unbound, p. 70