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In the Skyray description it says that a Skyray "Can fire its own Seeker Missiles" because it has a Target lock.
My question is this: Does this mean the Seeker missiles can be fired akin to say a Rhino's Hunter-Killer missiles, without marker lights? Or do they still need a marker-light hit to be fired?
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The target lock has no bearing whatsoever on how/whether the Skyray can fire off seeker missiles. The only reason it can fire "its own" missiles is because it has "its own" markerlights. You can't fire a seeker without a markerlight hit.
But in general, it makes no difference whatsoever what the source of the markerlight hit was. The existence of the hit is all that matters.
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A networked ML allows a unit/vehicle to utilise its own markerlight token, units equipped with normal (non networked) ML's cannot utilise the ML token generated by their units Markerlight shooting.
The Skyray is equipped with two networked Markerlights and a Target lock which means it can potentially launch two Seeker missiles per turn and the Target lock allows it to fire each of the two Seekers at different targets if it feels so inclined (this is the direct bearing I was talking about). The target lock allows the Skyray to target an individual unit with each markerlight and if they hit each token can then be used to launch a Seeker at each individual target.
The Skyray can also launch missiles in response to other units Markerlight tokens and can launch them even if it is stunned, shaken or immobilised.