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M97 Lance

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M97 Guided Missile Weapon System
Production overview


Misriah Armory


Anti-ship missile launcher



6.5 meters (21.2 ft)[1]


5.3 meters (17.4 ft)[1]


5.5 meters (18.0 ft)[1]

Ammunition type:

M4510 85mm ASGM-7[1]

Feed system:


Rate of fire:


Service history

In service:

Post-Covenant War conflicts


The M97 Lance Guided Missile Weapon System is a long-range anti-air/anti-spacecraft missile battery used by the UNSC.[1]


Design details[edit]

Aesthetically, the M97 GMWS is near-identical to the M95 missile battery, albeit larger and lacking the large base unit common to both the M95 GMWS and the M71 Anti-Aircraft Gun. It is also functionally similar, holding six high-explosive, self-guided missiles, firing in salvos and using a superficially similar firing turret launcher head; however, unlike the solely terrestrial M95, the M97 GMWS is optimized for operation in both atmospheric and exoatmospheric conditions. It is often installed atop turrets for defensive capability against enemy craft on the exterior hulls of space stations, space elevator terminus platforms and refit stations as well as larger capital ships, being the most popular type of weapon to be utilized in this role.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The UNSC Infinity had several M97 missile batteries mounted on its dorsal surface. After the ship crash landed inside the shield world Requiem in July 2557, John-117 had to reactivate the batteries to help repel Covenant forces.[2] When the Infinity came back to Requiem in 2558, some of the M97 missile batteries were deployed on a select few UNSC bases on Requiem's inner surface, such as Galileo Base.[3]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 77
  2. ^ Halo 4 campaign level Infinity
  3. ^ Spartan Ops, S1E4 Didact's Hand