M651 missile launcher
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|M651 missile launcher|
An M651 mounted on the ventral surface of the AV-14 Hornet.
The M651 missile launcher is a heavy aerial-mounted weapon system employed by the United Nations Space Command. They are classed as a Class-2 Guided Munition Launch System in UNSC inventories (compared to Class-1 GMLS' such as the M302 rocket pod). The weapon consists of five individual autoloading launch tubes, capable of firing lock on-capable M5607 ASGM-4 missiles. Two such weapons are ventrally mounted on the underside skiffs of the standard AV-14 Hornet models.
In Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, the Hornet's missile launcher is erroneously identified as being on the nose of the aircraft. The Class-2 GMLS caption points at the vehicle's nose-mounted targeting, sensor and camera array.
In Halo 3, the missiles fired by the M651 launchers on the Hornet reuse the model of the M5607 ASGM-4 missile fired from the LAU-65D/SGM-151 missile pod weapon. Both sets of missiles in-game demonstrate broadly similar gameplay properties for tracking and explosive radius and damage, indicating that the two are intended to be one and the same in Halo canon. In Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer, the Hornet reuses the model for the M19 missile - a surface-to-surface missile fired by the M41 SPNKr rocket launchers. Given that the M19 is much larger and explicitly a surface-to-surface missile, this article assumes the M5607 ASGM-4 to be the correct missile fired by the M651.
- Halo: Uprising (First appearance)
- Halo 3
- Halo 3: ODST (Halo: The Master Chief Collection-only)
- Halo Legends
- Halo 4 (Background only)
- Halo 2: Anniversary