Rocket Launchers are any devices that launch a rocket-propelled projectile, although the term is often used in reference to mechanisms that are portable and capable of being operated by an individual.
These weapons utilizes a mechanism that sends the rockets flying on a determined path and destroys an objective by blowing up in a similar fashion to grenades.
On the Grand Theft Auto series, Rocket Launchers are a mean to take out large groups of enemies and destroying vehicles, but very slow and harming for inexperienced players. Being hit by a rocket usually means either an instant death or, in the case of HD Universe games, a serious harm that would send the player to "fly" and are usually dead uppon hard impacts.
Widely known as the RPG, The Rocket Launcher is the basic portable, shoulder-launched artillery introduced in the series.
- Grand Theft Auto 1: This version has no real life counterpart.
- GTA London: The Rocket Launcher seems to be inspired by WW2-era Bazookas, like the M20 "Super Bazooka", with some addition to the grip.
- Grand Theft Auto 2: The rocket launcher look very much like MK153 Mod SMAW, with some differences in the grip.
- Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories: the Rocket Launcher resembles a US Army M72 LAW rocket launcher, with some aesthetic differences (the GTA III version is erroneously held by the unfolded end cap underneath and fired through a scope, unlike the real life M72 LAW, whilst the Vice City Stories version has a pistol grip on the underside, which the M72 does not have).
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V: The rocket launcher resembles a Russian RPG-7 portable anti-tank rocket launcher. It's not fitted with the PGO-7 optical sight usually seen on these weapons. In GTA IV, the RPG has more resemblance with different textures and the GTA V version has minor tweaks on its design, giving it a more streamlined, modern appearance, with an hexagonal rear end.
Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher
The Firework Launcher is designed to look like a cross between the WWII-Era Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck, with a skyrocket loaded instead of the standard Anti-Tank Shell. It appears to be made out of wood, cardboard, PVC-pipe, and random bits of junk. The blast shield is also simply made of a flimsy cardboard, having a drawn on cross-hair and painted over poorly. This reinforces the theme of Independence Day, as it implies rednecks made it.
The weapon is a shoulder-fired surface-to-air (SAM) missile launcher, based on the SA-7 Grail, though it has a tracking antenna and trigger guard from a FIM-92 Stinger. The launcher's warhead is also exposed, instead of housed in the tube.