SAM sites in a 3D model. From Eidos forums.
|Sabotage Destructible Object in Just Cause 2|
|Armament needed||Heavy arms fire or explosives|
|Value in Chaos points||500|
|Value in money||2500|
|Approximate safe distance during destruction||A few meters.|
SAM sites are automatic surface to air missile launchers in Just Cause 2.
A SAM (Surface to Air Missile) site is an automated missile turret that the Panauan military uses for air defense. If you have Heat and are piloting an aircraft, it will fire homing missiles as long as you are within its (large) detection radius. Since the missiles are difficult to avoid and powerful enough that only 2-3 will destroy any aircraft, it is advisable to destroy SAM sites first when attacking from the air. Although their missiles are difficult to avoid, if you have an agile helicopter such as the Chippewa or Havoc, you could circle around the SAM (left or right, it doesn't matter) since its turning ability is low. It will fire missiles, but keep circling and the missiles will go off target and explode. While you circle it, take pot shots at the base, and it will explode after a short time. With bases that have more than 1 SAM, same tactic but in this case circle around both SAMs with one big circuit, instead of individual circuits.
The missiles should be easy to avoid if approaching them with any plane with exception to the Cassius 192, the Bering I-86DP and the Aeroliner 474. The missiles should explode after sometime if they do not hit Rico's aircraft. This will be indicated by the enemy explosive icon (in the shape of a bomb) disappearing and a "boom" sound.
Usual military facilities have a maximum of 4 SAM sites, but there's at least two exceptions; Kem Jalan Padang Luas with 5 SAM sites and Pulau Berapi with 6. Both of them are very large facilities. There is a total of 185 SAMs in Panau that counts, but on the U1 and at a mansion in the mission "An Officer and a Hitman" there's 4 SAMs at each location. These do not count to the total amount.
- At most larger Military bases in Panau, Ports and Airports.
- At least one Communications Outpost has one.
- All Offshore Rigs in Panau have one.
An alternative to an aerial attack is to first land and attack the SAM sites from the ground. They are weak enough that just two Level 1 Fragmentation Grenades will destroy them and upgraded explosives can take them out in one hit. Once the SAMs are destroyed you can return to your aircraft and quickly flatten the rest of the base. Destroying them gives 500 chaos points and $2,500.
If you have completed a Stronghold Takeover, there is a chance that there will be some SAMs if you haven't destroyed them in the base. These SAMs are special, as they will target enemy aircraft instead of your own, so it would be wise to keep these in your base. They can also be seen at the Kem Gunung Raya military base. These still give out Chaos points and cash when destroyed so it's up to you if you want to destroy them.
- Missile locked on target!
- Launching missile!
- Missile away!