Type: Long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile
Place of origin: Noronica
- Hunter Defence Systems
Unit cost: $1,870,000
Length: 6.25 m
Diameter: 0.52 m
Weight: 1,600 kg
Engine: Turbofan & Solid-fuel rocket motor
Range: 1,700 km
Speed: 890 km/h
- Active radar homing
Warhead: 450 kg High explosive
Detonation Mechanism: FMU-148
Launch platform: VLS & horizontal torpedo tube
Axe Land Attack Cruise Missile
The Axe Land Attack Missile (ALAM) is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile developed by Hunter Defence Systems that is primarily used by the Noronnican Armed Forces in ship and submarine-based land-attack operations. Entering service in the 1970s, the missile started life designed to be a medium to long-range, low-altitude missile launched from a surface platform. In the 1980's several nuclear prototypes were made. Since then, it has been upgraded several times with guidance systems for precision navigation.
Axe CAD Graphic
After managing to achieve flight, the Axe missile's wings are unfolded for lift and the turbofan engine is employed for cruise flight. Over water, the Tomahawk uses inertial guidance or GPS to follow a preset course; once over land, the missile's guidance system is aided by Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM). The terminal guidance stage is provided by the Digital Scene Matching Area Correlation (DSMAC) system or GPS, producing a claimed circular error probable of about 10 meters.
Block I: Deployed in 1971, Block I was the first Axe missile design to be deployed into the United Noronnican Forces.
Block II: Deployed in 1984, added an improved booster rocket, cruise missile radar altimeter, and navigation through the DSMAC.
Block III: Deployed in 1993, added time-of-arrival control and improved accuracy for DSMAC, jam-resistant GPS, engine improvements and extended the Axe's range.
Block IV: Deployed in 2006, added the strike controller which can change the missile in flight to one of 15 preprogrammed alternate targets or redirect it to a new target, allowing for the missile to loiter over the battlefield awaiting a more critical target. The missile also has the capability to transmit battle damage indication imagery and missile health and status messages via the two-way satellite data link. Firing platforms now have the capability to plan and execute GPS-only missions. Block IV also has an improved anti-jam GPS receiver for enhanced mission performance.
Truaidh Class Destroyers - Block IV
Naval purposes - Block IV