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SAMs in Medici
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Weapon in Just Cause 3
Type SAM
Usage Automatic/hacking
Maximum ammunition in the weapon Infinite
List of owners Medici Military
The Rebellion
Black Hand

SAMs in Medici are fully autonomous Surface-to-Air Missile systems in Just Cause 3.


It's an automated anti-air missile launcher with six missiles. Each launcher has an 8-wheeled Trailer. The launcher consists of a tall cylindrical unit with three loaded missile canisters mounted on either side. On top of the cylindrical unit is a flashing beacon which indicates whether the SAM is within target range, and to the player whether it is friendly or enemy.

The SAM launcher's body bears a vague resemblance to a real world Rapier SAM launcher, with the missile tube layout looking like the six outermost tubes of a Russian BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launcher.

The SAM has a unique design, as most SAMs don't have loosely attached tubes that look like they are going to fall off. The SAMs in JC4 look much more realistic.


There is a computer on the trailer, which Rico can hack. When this is done, the SAMs will attack all Medici Military aircraft within range. The beacon on top of the cylindrical unit will changes color from red to blue to indicate ownership of the SAM (blue for The Rebellion and red for the Medici Military, or Black Hand). The beacon can also be used as a range indicator; if the beacon can be seen, the SAM can be assumed to be within range of the player.

A hacked SAM launcher (Rebellion SAM) will attack Rico, if the player flies a Black Hand aircraft.

Rebellion SAM launchers do not attack Medici Military flown Urga Raceks, but Medici Military/Black Hand SAM launchers attack Rico in a Urga Racek.


The SAM has a short range and can launch missiles at three second intervals. It can destroy most helicopters with two to three direct hits. The missiles are not highly maneuverable or fast, meaning they can be evaded quite easily. In reality, SAMs pose a large threat to all aircraft as they are several times faster than fighter planes. In order to detonate, the missile must make direct contact with the target. Despite there being only six missiles on the launcher, the SAM can fire an infinite number of missiles.

The SAM is highly mobile due to its 8-wheeled Trailer. It can be towed around through the use of the Grappler and a large vehicle. Helicopters can also hoist the SAM onto large ships, such as the Corvette.

The SAMs in the mission Time For An Upgrade are unusually powerful (for the game) and able to destroy a CS Navajo in 1 hit. If Rico should grapple to the target helicopter, he too dies in the 1 hit.


They all look the same, regardless of owner. All of them are considered to belong to which ever faction controls the settlement where they are.


Main article: Just Cause 3 Bugs and glitches.

When a SAM is hacked, the small light next to the hacking console becomes blue, but it still reflects red light on the metal surface around it.


  • The ones that appear in missions do not appear there normally.
  • The words "High Explosive Warhead" and "Warning <--- Danger" below it appear at the front of each missile socket.
  • The Black Hand versions are unique.
    • While they can be hacked to fight Black Hand/Medici Military aircraft, they disappear once the satellite station is liberated.
    • That being said, the Black Hand SAMs not in a settlement, such as the two SAMs on the runway on Insula Lacrima and the one at the dry dock, revert to their Black Hand ownership once Rico reaches a far enough distance.


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