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Old May 3rd, 2004, 04:21 AM
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I have had a sudden brain-wave with regards to the light (1-2kt) meson gun spinal mounts in High Guard and T20.
You can fit them in a destroyer or light cruiser, but then the problem is the size of the power plant and the fuel requirement, especially below TL15.
Here is a solution.

Powered Down Spinal Mounts: at TL13 it is possible to build a 1kt meson gun, cost 800MCr, 700EP, rated factor E. Why not build it with a power input of only 500EP instead, giving it a factor of A? Or 600 EP for a factor of C?

At higher TLs then a greater range of power inputs become available for the same tonnage, but it is the EP input that decides the weapon factor.

A further variant would be to allow the EP input to be variable, thus a ship's Captain may be faced with the choice of losing agility or secondary weapons, or both, to fire at the higher factor spinal rating.
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