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Intercontinental ballistic missile
An ICBM launches in the Divide.
The missiles rained like spears down on the land, burning flags and communities alike... destroying all they struck.”— Ulysses, Lonesome Road
An ICBM has a range that typically exceeds 5500 kilometers (3417.5 miles). The missile launches up into low orbit, where it can then deploy one or more nuclear warheads on almost any location on the planet. They could be fitted with a variety of payloads, ranging from high explosive to biowarfare loadouts, but the most used were nuclear warheads. A typical ICBM has a blast radius of several miles and a fallout range of even further.
ICBM silos can be found throughout the Capital Wasteland. A (non-functional) ICBM launch terminal, launch codes, and facility for a Minuteman XI missile can be found at Fort Constantine. Silos can also be found at Fort Bannister and Wheaton Armory. Las Vegas was spared from Chinese ICBMs during the Great War by anti-missile defense systems developed by Robert House. The missiles in Hopeville and Ashton never left their silos.
In Appalachia, several silos with active ICBMs are still operational and usable to create irradiated blast radiuses anywhere on in Appalachia, but are primarily meant as the last resort to dealing with the Scorchbeast queen and ending the Scorched Plague.
- Fort Constantine launch codes
- The Courier: "Can you tell me anything about Mr. House?"
Raul Tejada: "Just how old do you think I am, boss? Because I can pretty much guarantee I'm older than that. Let me tell you a story from before the Great War: Everybody knew Robert House. He was a genius. A superstar. Founded RobCo at 22, dated Hollywood starlets, the works. They say he saved Las Vegas. I was in Mexico City when the bombs dropped. Even from there, we could see House's defensive rockets shooting down the incoming missiles. Everybody assumed he died in the War. Maybe he did. But his robots are still out there, roaming the Wastes. And now, a Mr. House rules New Vegas."
(Raul Tejada's dialogue)