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Gumdrop Weapon Platform

Developed in YE 39 by Uso's Star Organization, gumdrop's weapon platform is a stabilized platform mounting a 30mm auto-cannon and EMP projector.

The gumdrop APC was originally intended to include a basic cannon, but in the interest of getting the transport ready quicker so that it could be used around the planet the weapon system was left off. The design was then finished up at the request of Alex Tasuki who showed interest in having more heavily armed ground forces.

Computing and Power

Class Overview
Class U2ACM weapon platform
Manufaturer Mothership "White Lament", USO
Autocannon
Type 30mm Autocannon
Range 5000m (planetary)
Rate of Fire 500RPM
Ammunition Type Programmed Airburst, Incendiary/smoke
Ammunition Storage 399 Rounds, in three containers of 133.
Damage ADR 5
Damage Tier 6, Heavy Anti-Armor
EMP Device
Type EMP Projector
Range 3000m
Spread 15 Degree cone
Rate of Fire Continuous
Damage ADR 5
Damage Tier 6, Heavy Anti-Armor

Though the weapon platform has its own basic electronics and batteries, these are mainly for maintaining stabalization and the system's own components. Targeting and power both need to be provided by the host vehicle.

Sensors

The weapon platform includes a small subspace radar mounted just above the auto cannon for ranging and targeting. There is also a small combined sensor system mounted above the EMP projector.

Weapons

The weapon platform contains both a 30mm auto cannon and an EMP projector

Auto cannon

The primary weapon system of the platform is a 3 axis stabilized 30mm auto cannon with a dual ammunition feed system. The cannon can fire airbursting ammunition, or quickly switch to firing a white-phosphorus smoke round to block line of sight.

EMP Projector

Intended mainly for missile defense, the weapon platform is also equipped with a NNEMP device that can induce a strong current in a target through focused radio-waves. The device is very effective against shields, electronics, and small devices but it is generally useless against organic targets.

Mark 1 Platform

The Mark 1 version weapon platform was equipped with very similar weapons to the Mark 2, however it used slightly different motors for its stabalization and mounted the subspace radar sensor much higher up resulting in an overall much taller package. The Mark 1 was also not modularized and was not able to accept different weapon systems.

Autocannon
Type 30mm Autocannon
Range 5000m (planetary)
Rate of Fire 500RPM
Ammunition Type Programmed Airburst, Incendiary/smoke
Ammunition Storage 300 Airburst Rounds, 100 Incendiary/Smoke
Damage ADR 5
Damage Tier 6, Heavy Anti-Armor

In terms of weapons for the platform, the Autocannon pulled from a single large ammunition supply, compared to the Mark 2 version that uses three ammunition supplies that can be interchanged while the weapon is in operations.

Mark 2 Platform

The Mark 2 platform uses the slightly smaller Gumdrop Stabilized Platform to house its weapon platform. The subspace radar has been moved forward and downward to reduce the overall height of the system and on some models the small sensor system has been moved to the base of the platform.

The ammunition storage for the autocannon has also been reworked. Instead of pulling from one ammo supply, feeds run to three ammo storage boxes. The cannon can pull ammo from any of the three boxes, allowing for the weapon to fire while one or two of the boxes are being reloaded. The autocannon does not have a feature to unload one ammo type and reload another, requiring the round in the chamber be fired before ammo supplies can be switched.

Gumdrop platform with Yamatain 35mm Type 30 MG.

faction/uso/gumdrop_apc/weapon_platform.txt · Last modified: 2017/08/28 10:31 by wazu