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Default Kinetic kill missiles

I need a consensus on a point. Translating HG to Mega has the missile problem: to hit in the same round, as in HG, they have to achieve some uberrific speeds, which essentially makes them kinetic kill vehicles. Now, it's actually possible to design one of those given the Hard Times rules, range of a bit under a hundred thousand klicks, if one starts from certain assumptions:

First, the fusion drive does not seem to have a minimum size. I'm thinking it should, but it doesn't, unless there's been some change or I missed something. The fusion drive offers the only known drive capable of those ranges that will fit in a missile frame - if it doesn't have a minimum size that renders it too big. More on that point later.

Second, guiding the missile to target is most reliable if you use a laser comm and allow the launching ship to direct it. However, that requires the assumption that a short-range laser comm can accept signals from a longer-range laser comm, even if it can't return them. Otherwise, the comm becomes a very expensive bit of equipment for what is supposed to be a 20 kilocredit missile. I have a vague idea that this is acceptable but I don't recall seeing an actual rule.

Third, if I understand the physics correctly, this thing is impacting with enough energy to carry it through any level of armor MT is providing - and out the other side, at the longer ranges. It's looking like it's basically "drilling" a hole through the ship, vaporizing itself and anything in its way like a worm from the depths of hell, which is a lot more deadly than any traditional missile is capable of, but if it's possible to do it with a fusion drive and a laser comm, I don't see any reason they wouldn't. I'm not seeing a boom, but I am seeing something that basically hits the damage table without bothering to consider what the armor of the target is, because it's so overpowered it's just going out the other side.

Am I misinterpreting something here? Have I misunderstood the physics?
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