The problem with these rockets is that they really are harmless. I remember one mission where I hit it with a full salvo and my two wingmen also hit it with their rockets right after me. Didn't do much damage, except some brown smoke(???). Had to finish it off with guns.
"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys, The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain, From out of my arse take the camshaft, And assemble the engine again."