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Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Produced by Ketsurui Zaibatsu, with units starting YE 40 to be field tested by selected Star Army of Yamatai forces. Currently a highly restricted weapon due to limited numbers and only being issued to designated units for testing purposes.
Intended to serve as either a replacement or supplement to the Ke-M4-W2901 Light Armor Service Rifle, this weapon was meant to give a more robust and sturdy weapon frame for use with Power Armored personnel in the Star Army of Yamatai. Though some might consider the weapon to be in some ways merely a side-grade to the LASR, due to its differences in operation and use.
Beginning development in YE 36, originally intending to just be a rebuild of the Ke-M4-W2901 rifle to better sustain operational requirements, the design soon came into snags trying to replicate the design of the weapon improving where it needed it to be improved, without sacrificing features it already had. Due to this difficulty, it was decided this would instead be built as a new rifle, using the same 7x20mm ammunition (to avoid having to design new ammunition as well as use already existing stockpiles) as the Mark II Variant. This ensures the weapon has the heavier impact of the MKII LASR. The main difference between the two weapons is purpose. The Ke-M4-W4000 is intended to be a weapon capable of operating in multiple roles akin to the MKI LASR, but also have the ability to perform at the same level as the MKII, if not as effectively.
Field testing of this weapon has begun in YE 40, but it has not yet begun to be issued in bulk.
Owing it's nature, the Power Armor Automatic Rifle - 40YE is be treated as an alternative for the LASR, and due to this, maintains some touch of its legacy to the older weapon.
While not as sleek in design as most Yamatai weapons, the PAAR-40 makes up for this flaw in it's ease of operation. The design was meant for being able to be handled by troops in the field should issues arise. This means that while the sleek form would have been more comfortable to use for those handling the weapon, the more bulkiness allows the user to better handle it roughly without concern. The magazine is loaded into the weapon in a bull-pup configuration, helping to reduce the length of the weapon to help facilitate close quarters operational use. The stock, which houses the rotating bolt, has two ports for ejection of gases and unfired cartridges, with locks built in to allow the user to define which side of the weapon the ejection would occur. This, added to the mostly ambidextrous safety and firing mode lever built into the finger guard of the weapon, makes it much more friendly to operators who may not be naturally right-handed. The weapon camera is mounted above the charging handle, which is located atop the weapon's frame and the lever is first lifted to connect the handle to the charging rod before being pulled back a distance, with a few controls on the camera to allow for use when not combined with any power armor's built in camera systems. The hand-guard is an odd part to some in the design, owing the Type 40 Yamatai Integrated Rail System where attachments could be added, helping to further improve its adaptability.
Operating with a chemical propellant as opposed to a magnetic rails, results in very different handling and firing patterns in comparison to the LASR. The following below help to clarify these differences.
One key difference lies in the matter of how the weapon sounds and looks when fired. No longer limited to the mere breaching of hte sound barrier by the firing of the weapon, those using the weapon need account for these facets. This is also in inclusion of weapon recoil and range differing significantly with the use of an alternate delivery method.
In comparison to the the standard delivery method of the LASR MK.II rifle, which fires the 7x20mm darts via a magnetic rail system, the PAAR-40 instead encases the ammo in a stable plastic explosive propellant, which requires the centering cap to be removed. It is due to these differences that the PAAR-40's ammunition may not have as much muzzle velocity, as the chemical propellant is unable to generate as much force as the rail system. It also means that the ammunition takes up more room in storage and the magazines, as the ammunition is encased in blocks of propellant which, while able to store more cleanly due to their box-like form, take the room that 2 or even 3 darts would on their own.
While the propellant could be compared readily to plastic explosives, the amount and composition of it is such that the blast is more controlled, which can only be detonated with an electrical charge. With the nature of the bolt both in material composition and shape to house the cartridge prior to firing, this thusly not enough to cause damage to the bolt or other internal systems. This thusly helps give the PAAR-40 its reliable operation, and low-risk of cook-off as the rounds in the magazine lack the electrical charge to detonate the propellant.
|Ke-M4-W2901 7x20mm LASR Damage Quickchart|
|Standard||Tier 3 Offensive (Standard Infantry)||Uncolored Tip|
|Hollowpoint||Tier 2 Offensive (Soft Targets)||Light Gray tip|
|Armor Piercing||Tier 4 Offensive (Light Anti-Armor)||Black Tip|
|Tracer||Tier 3 Offensive (Nighttime Operations)||White Tip|
|Training||Tier 0 Offensive (No valid combat application)||Blue Tip|
|High Explosive||Tier 3 Offensive (Explosive)||Red Tip|
|Safe||Weapon unable to fire|
|Semi-Automatic||Fires 1 round per trigger pull|
|3-Round Burst||Fires 3 rounds per trigger pull|
|Full Automatic||Fires as long as trigger is held|
Using a rotating bolt, the weapon must make sure each of the follow components are in working form. Outside the firing pins and camera, the weapon uses a large amount of mechanical actions to operate, which help to reduce difficulty in operation and allow for more effective repairs in the field by even those without armory training.