I recently unlocked the guided missile for tanks. The first round using it was a blast. I ended up killing a total of 36 helicopters, tanks and vehicles.

However the second round (and every round since), was terrible. The little lock-on symbol that previously appeared when I pointed at a vehicle, doesn't show anymore. Which means I can't fire.

So I'm puzzled as to why it worked brilliantly that first round, but hasn't worked since.

Am I missing something?

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Guided shell is a perk that requires teamwork to use effectively (or at all). You need a teammate using a laser designation device (SOFLAM, CITV station (last tank unlock), laser painter (on jets and choppers)) before you will be able to lock on to anything in the air or out of line of sight. You can lock onto land vehicles in line of sight.

Until that point, it is just a lovely piece of useless machinery.

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    You should be able to lock onto ground vehicles without laser designation, but this is correct for air vehicles.
    – Brysonic
    Mar 25, 2012 at 13:31

In your first round, some one on your team must have been laser designating your opponents. That is the only way the guided missile unlock can target air vehicles.

Air targets must be laser designated before you can target them with the guided shell perk.


In all fairness, the guides missile is pretty useless anyway. Hardly anyone ever uses a SOFLAM, and when they do the missile takes so damn long to get to the target that %90 of the time the enemy vehicle has either deployed smoke, or has moved out of sight of the designator anyway, and as it takes 2 missiles to even disable the sodding tanks, getting 2/3 consecutive hits is nigh on impossible.

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