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For the weapon in Grand Theft Auto V, see Homing Launcher.

The Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher, sometimes referred as Lock on Missile, is a man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher is based on the Russian/Soviet SA-7 Grail, only that the version depicted in-game is up-sized, with a shorter length and wide tube.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Unlike the Rocket Launcher, the Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher automatically selects the nearest available target. When pointed at a vehicle, the marker is green. After waiting for 3–5 seconds, it turns red and the missile is locked on. It then tracks toward the target, making it useful for taking out air vehicles, such as Police Mavericks. The missile's flight speed is significantly increased when the target is an aircraft.

If shot launched without finding a target, after 100–200 meters, the rocket explodes. However, if chasing a target, but the target disappears before the rocket could reach it, the rocket will keep on flying until it disappears (e.g. firing on Dodos or Rustlers). Unlike the Hydra and SAM rockets, this type of Heat-Seeking rocket can destroy any vehicle instantly.

As it is a heavy weapon, the player is unable to sprint, jump or crouch when holding the weapon.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
N/A N/A N/A 1 N/A N/A
N/A 55 RPM Cannot be determined Single homing rocket Rocket insertion N/A

Image Gallery


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher's locations map


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The sign of the rocket on the map is a small white blip, comparing altitude with the player as normal.
  • Like with the normal RPG, the player cannot aim and shoot with the Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher while being on fire. Instead, CJ will start making movements similar to using a Shotgun.
  • When used by an NPC, the fired rockets are able to chase the player as if they were a vehicle. Also, the rockets move slower than normal, so the player is able to run slightly faster than them when sprinting and possibly dodge them by making them hit an obstruction.

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