Model: Merr-Sonn PLX-1 Missile Launcher
Type: Portable missile launcher
Skill: Missile weapons: Plex
Ammo: 4 (detachable missile rack)
Cost: 6,000 (launcher), 200 (“dumb” rocket), 600 (“smart” GAM rocket), 1,000 (“savant” rocket)
Range: 100-500/3/10 km
Game Notes: Savant Rockets: Because of the computer system necessary to fire savant rockets, one round and a Moderate missile weapons roll is necessary to “tag” a target. If this roll is failed, it means that the “tag” system has not locked on the target and the weapon acts only as a “dumb” rocket, relying entirely on the missile weapons roll in the next round. If the roll is successful, the savant missile is considered to have a skill of 4D to hit the target (normally the rocket activates at point-blank range). The attacker must make a second missile weapons roll at normal difficulty for the straight-line rocket attack.
Background: The Merr-Sonn PLX, or Plex, was a powerful missile launcher that was in service almost from the beginning of the Clone Wars and continued to be used in different militaries well after the conclusion of that cataclysmic conflict.
Produced by the tens if not hundreds of thousands, these versatile weapons were developed to give the standard clone infantryman a powerful anti-vehicle or anti-emplacement weapon and become a real force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Small enough to be easily portable by a single soldier and powerful enough to destroy an Armored Assault Tank in a single well aimed hit, a battery of troopers using these could prove a truly devastating anti-vehicle force on the battlefield.
The Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc. PLX-1 portable missile launcher was a versatile piece of ordnance. Using a miniature mass-driver barrel, the weapon launched specially designed projectiles (manufactured by Arakyd)[source?] which could be fired either ‘dumb’ (firing the projectile straight, to hit slow or non-moving line-of-sight targets) or in the ‘smart’ GAM. GAM, or Gravity Activated Mode, used sensors in the missile to actively search for specific pre-programmed target gravity silhouettes (these generally focused on the distinctive gravity waves produced by repulsorlifts, but it could be used against enemy legged or tracked vehicles as well) and attempt to home in on them. If a GAM target lock was achieved and the missile launch was initiated, the on-board guidance systems steered the missile towards its target and, with any luck, hit it, with predictable results. There is one round in the chamber with another in reserve. With two ready-to-fire missiles loaded at once, a soldier could pop out of concealment, fire a couple of quick rounds and duck back behind cover again while preparing his next salvo.
Packing a detonite core of considerable weight, the missile could easily blow away any soldiers on foot and destroy or heavily damage lightly armored targets. Even heavily armored vehicles such as the AAT were not invulnerable; at first, many was the time a Separatist commander committed his armored units to the battle without truly considering the threat puny infantry units could face to his heavily shielded, heavily armored and heavily armed vehicle force – and paid for it with an inordinate number of vehicle losses. As the war ground on, though, Separatist forces learned the lesson and sent antipersonnel units in before or alongside their vehicles.