|Type||:||Short range, all mode anti-surface/anti-mecha missile.|
|Service history||:||(A,B)||2023-2026, REF Air Force, Marines and Navy.|
|(C,D)||2025- , REF Air Force, Marines and Navy.|
|Warhead||:||HE armor piercing multi purpose (A/C) or plasma(B/D).|
|Propulsion||:||Hybrid rocket engine.|
|Guidance||:||(A/B)||Combined IIR and active radar/home-on-jam.|
|(C/D)||Combined IIR/UV/visual and active radar/home-on-jam.|
|Note:||all versions can use home-on-jam guidance.|
|Max speed||:||Mach 1.5.|
|Range||:||8.2 km (ballistic trajectory), 3.5 km (direct trajectory).|
When the Beta fighter was being designed around 2015, it was recognised that the mecha would be incapable of carrying the heavy anti-ground missiles like the Maverick and the Ghoul/Silencer combo anywhere other than under the wings. This would restrict the atmospheric re-entry capabilities of the mecha in an unacceptable manner. Hence, the Beta needed an internal heavy attack missile. This missile became the Coralsnake. The Coralsnake was a short range (8 km on a ballistic trajectory) missile, even shorter than a Hammerhead. Due to its spherical design, however, it had more internal volume available, which is reflected in the 250% larger warhead. Due to the small external dimensions of the Coralsnake, 32 could be carried internally by the Beta. Additionaly, the missile had a limited anti-mecha capability by using it on a direct flight path. However, range in this mode was severely diminished.
In the field, this missile was rather a disappointment. It was not really suited for mecha targets, and still carried too small a warhead for anything larger, such as a bunker complex. In addition, the Beta needed to close with the target in order to bring the Coralsnakes into range. If at all possible, the Betas therefore mounted Maverick and Diamondback missiles on their wings when used against ground targets. This missile was only used in the Beta fighters, which were exclusively used by the REF. It was in production until several years after the war, and large numbers still equip the surviving Beta fighters. The C/D versions are identical to their A/B precursors, save for a more capable seeker head. They replaced the A/B versions on the production lines on Tirol in 2025.
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