The Strategic Hypervelocity Interplanetary Vector Artillery (or SHIVA) is a siege cannon that provide strategic bombardment capabilities above and beyond all existing artillery pieces, as well as heavy fire support. It was built in YE 39 by the Frontier Manufacturing Service, and is currently being used by the Sky Guard.
The SHIVA was designed to provide strategic heavy bombardment to USO's hodgepodge armed forces in the form of guided shells. It is deceptively accurate, and therefore useful in precision strikes. Due to the inherent hazards of operating such a weapon, all personnel within 150 meters are required to wear special environment suits whenever live ammunition is present.
The SHIVA is mounted on the SHIVA Heavy Weapons Platform. This is a huge circular platform with two sets of rails running all the way around - a smaller outer pair for transportation of ammunition, and a larger inner one for rotation of the gun assembly. Extending straight down are six stabilizing legs that are adjusted during setup to level the assembly. The gun itself is huge, with several recoil tubes on the outside of the barrel assembly as well as scaffolding along the sides to access the various parts.
The SHIVA is mounted on the SHIVA Heavy Weapons Platform.
The SHIVA utilizes 112cm artillery shells with semi-active homing.
IMPORTANT: Slug shells deal T11 damage for interplanetary bombardment.
The SHIVA is a unique and complex beast, and therefore required a few adaptations from regular artillery.
Air Admiral created this article on 2017/05/06 17:02.