The Ke-S3-W3020 is an aether shock array designed by Ketsurui Fleet Yards in YE 30 for use on the Plumeria-class Medium Gunship. It replaces its predecessor, the Ke-S3-W2920 Main Weapon Array, and is designed with a higher rate of fire in mind.
An aether shock array works by releasing an incredibly intense scalar interference pulse that causes a tear in the fabric of space-time. When this occurs, all energy potentials in the target area are released into real space simultaneously, causing catastrophic destruction. The array is designed for anti-starship or anti-fleet use.
|Firing Mode||New DR||Old DR||Rate of Fire||Area of Effect||Range|
|Rapid Pulse||4||9||Once every 2 seconds||Single Target||300 million km|
|Beam||5||10||Once every 15 seconds||Single Target||300 million km|
|Spread||5||10||Once every 45 seconds||30° Cone Area Effect||20 million km|
300,000,000 km is about 2 AU or 186,000,000 miles.
The array consists of a center firing node, a large upper assembly (which resembles a dagger blade), and a smaller lower assembly. The beam can be steered up to 75 degrees right or left, and up to 45 degrees down, but cannot fire higher than straight-forward due to the weapon's arrangement.
Systems that make up this weapon were built in a modular fashion so that the sections composing the ship's main gun could be easily switched with other modules at a later time, if desired. Exchanging the main gun's systems in this fashion requires about 6 hours.