A tactical missile launcher is a unit that fires powerful missiles. They are considered tactical because they have a limited range, unlike strategic missile launchers.
As with strategic missile launchers, the launch site must be built first, and then each missile must be built. Tactical missile defense units are a very effective defense against tactical missiles. It is possible to overwhelm a tactical missile defense unit by simultaneously launching tactical missiles from many launchers. Tactical missiles can also be stopped by shields. Typically, even if a shield is knocked down by a tactical missile launcher, the shield will regenerate before the launcher can fire another missile, resulting in a stalemate.
For a list of tactical missile launchers, see the tactical missile launchers category.