NSA "Firefly" GPGMM0
Official Designation: Missile, General Purpose, New Shunde Arsenal, Model 0
Weight: 305kg (320kg with Launch tube)
Warhead: 140kg HE-FRAG Charge / Thermobaric Charge
Engine: Solid-Propellant Rocket
Speed: Mach 0.7 - Mach 0.9 (Terminal)
Range: 18km (Ground-Launched), 26km (Air-Launched)
Guidance: TV-Guidance + IIR
Production Cost: NSD $150,000
Background & Concept
With the rising cost of modern missiles, the Ani needed a new missile that is cheap enough to be used againt infantries, yet effective enough to be used against armoured target. The conclusion of the discussion is to "Pack a HE charge large enough that a near hit will easily mess up an enemy tank" inside an "Extremely cheap missile" . The decision was made to make a modification of the Maverick missile to satisfy the goal of the Ani military. The resulting project will be the GPGMM0 Missile.
The missile is constructed with an aluminium frame, to minimize the weight of the missile and thus improve its weight. Its exhaust nozzle and engine is constructed out of steel, which is better capable of withstanding heat, and allow the rocket to burn at a higher temperature to improve its efficency.
The missile uses four set of fins in the middle, and another four set of fins in the back for generating lift and maneuvering. Part of the wing is folded in the launch tube, so that the wing can achieve greater lift during its flight without increasing the size of the missile.
The Firefly missile is propelled by a solid-propellant rocket engine, which uses a 80/18/2 Ammonium Pechlorate / Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene / Aluminium mixture, which produces low-smoke but gives a high performance. A two-piece nozzle is used for the rocket to improve its efficency. A ceramic plating is used to reduces the IR signal of the engine.
The missile is guided with a TV camera with flare sight, installed with optical zooming feature for zooming into distant target. The camera is linked to the launch vehicle via a data pod, used to receive and convey signal onto the missile, which is then converted by the inertial navigation system onboard to steer the missile.
An IIR camera is installed on the missile alongside the TV camera, and is used for detecting enemy targets.
A 140kg charge, containing 130kg of FOX-7, with a 1kg layer of white phosphorus, and ninety-thousand 1g TH-3 Pellets is used for the payload. It has a lethal radius of 50m, and a wounding radius of 100m. It can be fitted with a thermobaric charge, consisting of propylene oxide mixed with aluminium nanopowder. Fragments can fly as far as 300m away.
The missile is equipped with a nose-mounted impact & grazing fuze, with a parallel time fuze to ensure the detonation of the missile should the impact fuze fail to activate. A second fuze can be installed, which is a delayed impact fuze, for use against large and fortified target.
Using inexpensive labour in The Fatherland (Vortiaganica), the missile has a production cost of $150,000.
The missile is based on the AGM-65 Maverick A/B variant.
An Advancement 1 version is available with the missile. It includes a frequency hopping spread spectrum transmitter and receiver, whose pseudorandom sequence is set before the missile 's flight (For air-launched version), or set automatically by the launcher (For ground-launched version). It allow the missile to be significantly less prone to jammer. The data pod used with this missile also generate random noise to make the jammer less effective in detecting the frequency of the radio.
The Advancement 2 version incorporate a laser seeker and a CCD-Coupled seeker, which make it more suitable for deserty environment. The upgrade cost 3,000 NSD on top of the original price.