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I had a brilliant idea: why not bring the power of an airstrike to the individual soldier? The (insert name here) Missile Launcher does just that. It works on the same principles as the javelin missile launcher, two-part fire and forget. The missile itself is a three stage missile that is designed like a cluster bomb. When fired the launch motor sends the missile straight foward for about 20-30 ft. Once it gets that far, the flight motor kicks in, sending the missile in a large ark pattern into the sky. At a set location the missile detonates, sending hundreds of laser guided molten copper skeets down onto the target area.
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| January 13, 2009, 8:44 pm
Quoting Khashayar Nouroozi


Christian, just in case you did not see the comment in the F-22 contest, as the prize, could you rate my F-22 V.4, my A-10, and my Comanche (posted tomorrow)?

I already did.

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| January 18, 2009, 1:19 am
Well here is another idea: the Draconis Industries Viper XV Terradyne Mounted Anti-Personnell Missile System. It launches a single rocket at a time, unguided of course, which is multistage, with three stages. It moves in a ballistic arc. The first stage burns out and the second ignites, and when that finishes, the nose cone breaks off and...(hang on, gotta check that novel I never finished for more info) Ah yes, the thing is magnetically boosted. It also splits into four bundles of one hundred flechettes each after the second stage is half way finished, which break apart and then move on to slaughter infantry. The third stage is a full sized missile, which finds an enemy armoured vehicle and smashes it after the flechettes go off to kill the foolish soldiers who did not duck in time.

The thing would be very high velocity, and would probably massacre tanks as well.
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| January 24, 2009, 2:46 am
Quoting Areetsa C
Well here is another idea: the Draconis Industries Viper XV Terradyne Mounted Anti-Personnell Missile System. It launches a single rocket at a time, unguided of course, which is multistage, with three stages. It moves in a ballistic arc. The first stage burns out and the second ignites, and when that finishes, the nose cone breaks off and...(hang on, gotta check that novel I never finished for more info) Ah yes, the thing is magnetically boosted. It also splits into four bundles of one hundred flechettes each after the second stage is half way finished, which break apart and then move on to slaughter infantry. The third stage is a full sized missile, which finds an enemy armoured vehicle and smashes it after the flechettes go off to kill the foolish soldiers who did not duck in time.

The thing would be very high velocity, and would probably massacre tanks as well.

Sounds pretty beast.
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| January 25, 2009, 3:01 pm
I've got a whole bunch of things like that in that skeletal novel. Fictional history, weapons discriptions, everything but what the characters themselves look like. I think the problem is that I go into too much detail; it reads more like a history book than a novel.
The other problem is that I do not like characters. I am not one for humans; find them unworthy most of the time, and anyone who reads the news will probably agree with me on that.
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| January 25, 2009, 5:56 pm
Nothing at all.

It is brainstorming new ways to inflict pain and leave unexploded bombs lying about for little african boys to stand on.
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| February 1, 2009, 6:05 pm
Quoting Christian Collins
I had a brilliant idea: why not bring the power of an airstrike to the individual soldier? The (insert name here) Missile Launcher does just that. It works on the same principles as the javelin missile launcher, two-part fire and forget. The missile itself is a three stage missile that is designed like a cluster bomb. When fired the launch motor sends the missile straight foward for about 20-30 ft. Once it gets that far, the flight motor kicks in, sending the missile in a large ark pattern into the sky. At a set location the missile detonates, sending hundreds of laser guided molten copper skeets down onto the target area.

You could just make that type of missile for the Javelin, instead of making a whole new launcher.
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| March 22, 2009, 1:01 pm
Wow, Areetsa, that sounds pretty sweet.

My idea:
Not exactly a new weapon, but incorporate Gauss Cannons into the battlefield. For anyone that doesn't know, a Gauss gun is a, well, gun, but instead of using gunpowder to propel it, it uses electro magnets that are inside the gun's barrel. The system can make bullets go way faster than gunpowder (nearly Mach 10, AKA 10 times the speed of sound, I believe). The speed adds a huge amount more armor penetration than a bullet, and the round is way faster and harder to detect then a rocket.

I'm thinking satellites with Gauss guns attached...

EDIT: Christian, why have it fly forward, then up? I guess it would allow the system to be used as just a forward firing projectile, but it would be way more efficient to have the rocket going up from the start.
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| March 31, 2009, 1:42 am
Oh, one better: a model of assault rifle in the early Zenexaverse(that is, the universe in which most of my mocs are set) is called the WS MK-54. It's a big gun, in the classic sense: it's as tall as a man and heavy. It has magnetic booster coils in the barrel and a fourteen round magazine: a pretty nasty weapon to begin with, as it fires a heavy slug that can occasionally fragment. Not much penetration, as the shell's designed to expend almost all of its energy on impact, smashing the target. Not much use against vehicles, but a murderous anti-personell weapon with devastating ability VS anything impact-sensitive. The ammunition, it's fairly large: chemical propellant. That's right, it's a hybrid weapon: the shell fires and the slug is boosted by the magnetic coils.
A battery in the stock charges the capacitor bank of fourteen for up to 210 rounds, 10 magazines. The capacitors are charged one at a time after firing. 10 magazines is a bit more than the average man, even power armour equipped, can carry along with a handgun, rations, medikit, armour, grenades and all the other equipment standard for front line fighting troops. If used in a fortification, it can be connected directly to a generator and ammunition belt, being used as a machinegun.

It's slow firing, though: otherwise the battery would have no hope of recharging fast enough and fourteen rounds is too little for high speed full auto. It is select fire, but at a rate of 400 RPM it's not going to win any awards for uber firerate.
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| March 31, 2009, 2:02 am
I have two ideas. The first is a bit far fetched as it is a sniper cannon for mechs. Here is what I wrote about it in on one of my MOCs: "Skofield Firearms XSR Sniper Rifle - developed by Skofield Firearms. This weapon is still by all means experimental, however trials are done in real wartime scenarios as the weapon shows great performance and potential. It features a laser targeting system that 'tags' a target and allows a guided round to be fired accurately without the laser maintaining constant contact with the target (tagging requires contact for only 1 second). This is achieved by 'branding' a small area on a target with a high power chemical laser creating a unique heat/chemical signature. This signature is programmed into a 25-mm 60 cal high explosive finned guided round along with GPS coordinates, climate and weather information, topographical information, and nearby structural schematics to enable the round to adjust flight paths around buildings or over hilltops. Although drastic, spontaneous flight path trajectory adjustments are impossible, corrections of up to 500m off center over 1km have been achieved. Multiple rounds can be assigned to the same signature or given individual targets. Trials are currently underway to allow designation by external sources such as hand-held designators and even other Mechs. The chemical tag lasts for about 45 seconds on most surfaces."

Aircraft guys, you might like this one. The second is a highly modified version of the Phalanx CIWS. Its called the Cobra CIMES or Close In Missile Elimination System. It is designed to be placed on aircraft, usually the tail but larger planes such as bombers or transports could have blister stations similar to WWII bomber gunner stations. Obviously it would be much smaller than the Phalanx and would be tied directly to the aircrafts own RADAR systems. Its primary use would be to (as the name suggests) engage incoming missile rather than chaff, flare, or other counter measures, though it could theoretical be used to engage other aircraft. Like the Phalanx, it would be completely autonomous from the pilot or any on board AI, though would have on/off toggles. To save space and weight, caseless rounds would be used.

The cobra can be seen on my UV-610 Night Hawk II and is discussed briefly in my A-61b Peregrine. The sniper cannon can be found on my MCU-1a 'Big One' mech.
What do you think?

Quoting Areetsa C
Well here is another idea: the Draconis Industries Viper XV Terradyne Mounted Anti-Personnell Missile System.

Not to sound like a comic book fanboy, but it reminds me a bit of the Jerico missile from Iron Man on a more devastating scale. Sounds like it would be excellent for taking out parked aircraft and airfields, though I suspect VTOL technology to be a bit more routine in the future, say 50 years or so, negating the need for long airstrips.
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| March 31, 2009, 4:11 am
how about a tank for paretroopers a small compact tank (needs to be able to air drop)
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| March 31, 2009, 5:56 pm
Quoting Patrick "Packie" Chambers
25-mm 60 cal


Wouldn't work. Caliber is measured in inches; 60 cal is actually just a bit more than half an inch. Certainly not a shell large enough to damage a mecha.

Quoting Patrick "Packie" Chambers
Not to sound like a comic book fanboy, but it reminds me a bit of the Jerico missile from Iron Man on a more devastating scale. Sounds like it would be excellent for taking out parked aircraft and airfields, though I suspect VTOL technology to be a bit more routine in the future, say 50 years or so, negating the need for long airstrips.


Well, it's actually a defensive system for large armoured vehicles; think 'house sized'; the Corporations were pretty big on big, yeh.
It's meant to get rid of pesky infantry platoons at long distance, with power armour of varying types being fair game as well.
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| March 31, 2009, 6:31 pm
Quoting kevan1999 :)
how about a tank for paretroopers a small compact tank (needs to be able to air drop)


Already exists.
Countless ones have been built; see 'tankette'.
Also see 'Sheridan'.
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| March 31, 2009, 6:32 pm
Quoting Areetsa C

Wouldn't work

Ok, let's say the diameter was increased to, say, 35-45mm x 1cubit? It was the basic idea I was after, not the specific details.

And how about the CIMES?
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| April 5, 2009, 11:05 am
Why not harness the power of sound to the battlefield? My newest tank design I have posted does exactly that. What it does is it fires a shell a good distance, lands in the middle of the enemy, and delivers a soundwave of 200Hz(or something like that, I am not that good with sound measurements). Here is my tank if you wish to see it:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/107157
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| April 5, 2009, 11:09 am
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