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- "These things reinvented the interception missile."
- ―James Corbett
The M5 Hornet Interceptor Missile, also known as the Hornet Missile, M5 Interceptor Missile, and officially the Model-5 Counter-Ballistic, Computer-Guided, Hornet Tactical Self-Propelled Ordinance, was a type of United Nations Space Command Naval counter-ballistic ordinance used most commonly by capital-grade spacefaring combat vessels, lighter escort-grade warships, and to a lesser extent by semi-mobile and/or stationary orbital complexes; testing has also been performed for atmospheric operations with the M5 Hornet, though results were at or below satisfactory in most situations.
Introduced to the United Nations Space Command Defense Force in 2583 by Wayward Ballistics Technologies, the M5 Hornet would serve in the form of seventeen iterations and specialized variants until its lasting retirement in 2733, establishing a 150 year service career that even surpasses the rugged MA37 Individual Combat Weapon system and its lengthy career of 137 years.
The M5 itself is designed to counter, track, and destroy various articles of incoming enemy ordinance whether it be guided ballistic (or nuclear) missiles, single ships (i.e. starfighters and boarding craft), and more uncommonly to directly attack lighter enemy starships, especially those operated by insurgent forces. It draws its primary advantages from its extremely state-of-the-art design, including a speed 250 percent of that of Human-Covenant War-era Archer-class missiles, resilience against the effects of Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), and an ultra-efficient, rugged two-pronged computer guidance system. Its maneuverability rivals even that of guided Covenant ordinance and is based on a set of four primary directional fins capable of rotating 105 degrees located at the tail of the missile. In addition, a middle row, also consisting of four Titanium-A super durable stabilizing fins, are able to tilt though to a much lesser capability as the aforementioned.
In both computer simulated diagnostic and live field tests, the Hornet Missile earned a hefty seventy-three percent success rate against the 2550's Archer Missile and a forty-eight percent success rate against the M22 Crossbow Missile, the successor to the Archer.