Me, Her, and the Ballistic Weaponry [Antique] 30

 

“Whoah… it’s huge…”

Pulled in by four towing ships, the new model cruiser’s 720 meter bulk gently settled on the large-scale dock.
Named the Plum II, it was installed with the ghost ship’s core just like the Destroyer Plum before it, the additional armoring around the engine recycling its Black Metal IN. But that was the only common point they shared, with its appearance and contents incomparable to before. When a ship’s span doubled, a simple calculation would give it 8 times the capacity.

“The last Plum was a good ship, but this is amazin’. With this bad boy, we might even be able to do some digging.”

In the gravity room of the dock, Tarou pushed his face up against the window glass. To his side, “You’re exaggerating,” Maar said as like Tarou- and like Allan who was further back in the room- she peered out onto the dock.
While the old Plum had a shape like that of a box with the corners smoothed down, this one had no such shred of soft smoothness: it boasted a complete straight-line design. Its shape was as if the Tokyo metropolitan governmental building was made to taper off and flipped on its side, with four turret bays lining each face, up, down, left, and right. The individual gun turrets didn’t differ much from those of the old Plum, but the four fold increase in firepower was a large one.

“I think they called it a complete coverage model. If you stick out all the turrets, it seems you’ll look like a hedgehog. Looks aside, it does look reliable.”

Maar quietly muttered. To that, “Naïve,” Tarou went on.

“Of our 16 bays, 8 are beam weapons. 6 are railguns, and the remaining two are torpedo tubes!!”

How about that? Tarou’s face seemed to say. Maar and Allan sent him blank looks.

“By railgun, you mean that? Projectile ballistic weaponry?”

In regards to Allan’s question, “You betcha!!” Tarou replied in high spirits. Allan held his temple in his hands as, “What are you even…” he said.

“Flying projectiles went out of date more than a thousand years ago. Of course, we learn about them in military academy as a part of history, but what exactly do you plan to do, loading up with those antiques?”

“Huh? Ballistic weaponry isn’t used anymore?”

“I’m an amateur in warfare, and even I can declare they’re not… hah. And what’s this ‘torpedo’ thing? I haven’t even heard of it. Is it an earth weapon?”

The two of them displayed fed-up faces. Tarou answered them, somewhat awkwardly.

“No, look. All ships out there, WIND included, see. Even if they have shields, they’re all beam shields these days. I’ve never even heard of a ship that put much effort into its physical shields, so I just thought it might be a good idea. By the way, torpedoes are these huge missile things. Since we’re not at sea, I’m not sure if I should be callin’ them torpedoes in the first place, though.”

Tarou threw in all sorts of gestures as he explained torpedoes. Perhaps he was able to convey some form of understanding, as the two of them breathed out sighs.

“I was wondering what you used tens of millions of credits to order, but it was something like that? How should I say it, to this point, we’ve been able to make it without issue, but come this far, I’m really starting to feel the difference in our times is taking a bad turn.”

To Maar’s words, “Agreed,” said Allan.

“I’m sure you have your own thoughts on the matter, admiral, so I’ll withhold my comments. But, well. Using company money on your personal hobbies is a bit hard to swallow.”

Receiving two rejections, “Urggh,” Tarou was lost for words.

“I-it’ll be fine, I tells ‘ya. It’s not as if we just searched up some old blueprints and used them as is. I’m sure they’ll be useful… somewhere… right…”

As his words faded away, the two sent eyes of pity.

“Well, let’s just put that aside for now. It’s not like fighting’s our main business, and 8 lasers is more than enough.”

A dubious air still lingering between the three, they set out to board the Plum II.

 

 

“Wow, incredible. These joing shock absorbers are the latest model. How bouncy.”

Maar made merry in her command room seat. In structure, the central command room hadn’t changed from before. But the equipment had been remodeled, Tarou had even done some personal modifications based on his lessons in combat.

“I had all the displays made of a soft material. They may warp a bit on impact, but you won’t hurt your forehead bangin’ up against them.”

The displays extending from the arms of the seat. Tarou spoke as he played with its rubber-like material.

“So you got the warp stabilizer package under additional options. About how much power can it put out?”

“Hmm, I don’t know the specifics, but accordin’ to Koume’s calculations, with the jammers those small WIND were using, we’d be fine even if ten of them tried jamming us at once.”

“Ten? Now that’s amazing. It’s not like all our enemies will have jammers, so it doesn’t look like we’ll be tied down so easily. What other appliances do we have?”

“I’m sure you could tell from looking at the outside, but we’ve got a humongous scanner on board. I prioritized resolution over distance, so that baby can project a beauty’s bust from 300km away.”

The footage on the display of the ship’s exterior showed the diamond-shaped scanner in all its glory. Extending left and right almost like a pair of wings, from the point of view of an earthling like Tarou, it looked like a giant solar panel.

“Our medical facilities to the residential area are worlds away from what we ‘ad before. More than 100 medical capsules, and 10 blocks of module living quarters. Even if we ‘ad 2000 people, they’d be able to live with ease, don’t you think?”

“When you get to cruiser size, you really do get some freedoms. At this size, will those up top treat it as an official battleship?”

“Sure they will. Everything destroyer and bellow’s treated as a, ‘small-scale military craft’. With this ship, we’re finally bein’ counted as part of the empire’s fighting power. On top of bein’ nothin’ but conspicuous, the amount of paperwork I had to fill out was no joke. No wonder there are people who hate registering with the empire.”

Tarou gave a bitter smiled as he recalled the numerous days of grasping regulations and signing forms under the guidance of experts. He had written ‘transport and trade’ as the purpose of his purchase, and there was a bit of a quarrel over whether to pass it or not. In the peaceful empire, there weren’t any people who used warships in their general business, and registering something besides a cargo ship was unprecedented.

“I shoulda just bought a dummy cargo ship. Then I could’ve called this one a guard ship and been done with it… aah, I also equipped a beam jammer and scan scrambler. But since I don’t plan on chasing a fleeing enemy, I didn’t go for the warp jammer.”

On Tarou’s words, Maar showed a satisfied nod. “Just leave that sort of thing to the security companies,” she said, as she began fiddling around with the scanner and engine that would become her primary charges.

“So there are two nuclear fusion chambers… with independent circuits… is it a safety measure? If I merged them somewhere… can I just get them both under this control program…”

As if playing with a new world, she mumbled herself off into her own world. Tarou knew she was beyond reach when she got like this, she he decided to leave her alone for a while.

“This is the central control room. Allan, how are things on your side?”

Tarou touched the downsized listening device to his ear. The word ‘Allan’ floated up on his BISHOP, the shape of the soundwave displayed as his voice came across.

“Ain’t just great, it’s the best. It feels strange to be able to park a ship in another ship. I see two other ships apart from the stardust, but are they for recon?”

“Right, right. Those are recon ships equipped with an assisted scan, and while they’re unsuited to battle, they have some nice reviews. Apparently they can also move unmanned, but if you do that, you have to look out for jamming, they say. Apparently there was a court case where one was taken over.”

“The 4428 incident? That wasn’t an actual takeover, but… well, it should be fine. I don’t mind if you leave this area to me. Even if I look like this, I’m a former imperial soldier.”

After returning an, “Okay!” to Allan’s satisfied voice, Tarou checked the clock on his BISHOP. It was almost time, he lifted his face. Just as he did, the door to the command room slid open.
The one who entered the open doorway was a black-haired woman of blooming age. While her body would certainly be mistaken as human at first glance, there were some connection inputs running down her organic skin coating clearly indicating she was a cyborg.

“Sorry to keep you waiting, Mister Teirow. I am unaccustomed to dealing with organic material, but do you think it suits me?”

Dropping her gaze to her own arm, Koume showed a curious expression.

“Y-yeah… you look great. When you’re like that, you’re practically human… more importantly…”

Tarou took a step forwards, and then another. The body he had once presented her had a face covered in outer skin, and by it, she should have attained the feature he wanted most.

“Hey, Koume, could you smile for me?”

Koume tilted her head with a blank expression. As if suddenly struck by something, she raised her gaze, and presented Tarou the most splendid of smiles.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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35 Responses to Me, Her, and the Ballistic Weaponry [Antique] 30

  1. TamaSaga says:

    Why’s it still docked?! Bring that sucker out for a battle!

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  2. RageEnder says:

    Damn koume is cute..

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  3. haniba says:

    forth?
    thank for the chaptor

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  4. cocohime1985 says:

    beam weapon age with beam shield . . . but hes right he ram in to WIND before and shield cant defend that so ballistic might be answer
    still

    i just remember this line . . .

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    • Hakurei06 says:

      Hey, so Newton’s first is great and all, but the “cold vacuum of space” isn’t exactly a perfect vacuum (or all that cold, for that matter). There’s the matters of Newton’s third…

      They effectively just pass through their targets unless the target is massive enough to stop the slug itself, and accelerating a slug to the force of a nuclear bomb requires roughly the same amount of energy, the cost-effectiveness of slugs like these drop quite sharply after a certain velocity.

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      • madmann135 says:

        Actually I think that a high speed round stock would be the most effective in transferring energy to the target, even at such high speed.
        Think of it like a car crash. The front of the car hits the target and the back wants to continue going. With a round stock projectile when it hits the target, the back will want to continue going, resulting in the middle shattering and sending small fragments into the target. In short instead of trying to stop a single projectile, the target has to stop hundreds of smaller projectiles.

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        • Hakurei06 says:

          My point was that at the speed they’re going, most materials may as well be butter. You ever see butter shatter a hot knife? You don’t need a lumberjack’s axe to cut butter.
          There’s also the laws of thermodynamics, as far as efficiency goes, converting whatever energy into kinetic has gotta be really lossy when you get into relativistic speeds. And again, with Newton’s third law, firing kinetic weapons means you need to use the same amount of energy to compensate for recoil’s affect on your trajectory, since there’s nothing to brace against in space. from a spacefarer’s point of view, energy based weapons have higher accuracy, lower latency (why go with 0.013 C when you can get over 75 times that speed?), and more effective range.

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        • madmann135 says:

          @ Hakurei06

          I agree with you on just about every point. The recoil with kinetic weapon will be higher and can affect the next shot, the accuracy will be lower, the effective range will be lower. BUT in the world of this novel the machines have found a way to bend incoming directed energy weapons.
          In addition this fits into a very interesting thought process. I forgot the exact name of it but there is an interesting situation where weapons advance, progress, and evolve to face the current threat that outdated technology can defeat modern technology (in some areas). For example a wooden boat can hide from sonar, or a sword or an arrow can pierce a bullet proof vest.

          In addition if the enemy ship gets within range, a volley from railguns can have more of an impact than the sustained fire from the directed energy weapons.

          I like the thought process of bringing a railgun to a laser gun fight.

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  5. Somniens says:

    The first smiles ;____; too emotional ;_______;

    Thanks for the chapter Yoraikun ^^

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  6. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    They’re looking down on projectile weapons. A bullet accelerated to near light speed would be quite destructive, let alone a cannon shell. They have gravity technology, so rail guns can accelerate a projectile with gravity instead of electromagnets, this would give more options in regards to munitions.
    Also since no one uses them, the defense against them are nearly nonexistence.

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    • It’s not like they look down on it it’s only they are fell out of practical use in space warfare. Beam of light travel at a speed of light over a long distance beats any of solid projectiles ballistic weapon effective range. While they are not far behind in destructive power their travel time just can’t match speed of light of power beams. Using scanner array they could be easily intercepted by energy beams or laser before they could reached the target and may just simply evaded off their path.

      While certainly they could modified the munitions to a beam proofed variants and homing(which means more expensive price per shot) they have to get closer to their
      effective ranges somehow to maintain their effectiveness in a condition where enemy ships have reliably fired their weaponry (presumably lasers or beams)

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      • Reaper Phoenix says:

        Unpowered shells would be very hard to detect using passive sensors, while active sensors have much shorter range, point defense weapons (which I don’t think the ships of the era have anymore) would have to intercept the shells before those shells reached their blind spots. And with their technology, the shells would probably travel at a significant percentage of light speed. At least much faster than a missile would. Giving very short time for the defensive weapons to come to bear and fire. And those shells or slugs would be solid rounds that should be thicker than most armor, so you might need multiple hits to stop even one round.

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        • It doesn’t need to be powered since their scan not based on radars really while it’s true tracking a speeding little object is hard for human not necessarily harder for computers.
          Furthermore even the beam shot didn’t obliterate the projectiles it is enough just to veer it off their path or destroying it’s warhead/kinetic penetrators.

          It is possible though to have it with a jump acceleration capability to cope in long range engagement.

          Do remember there’s a warp jump and acceleration technology which is obviously has a battle or weaponized versions of it.

          A gravity cannon or space ripping shot have more range and reliability over that of projectiles.

          That said we don’t know the effectiveness of solid projectiles over the warships armour that’s built around energy weapons warfare yet.

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  7. Noice. What a great chapter. A new ship, new equipment, new body for Koume, and a smile from her…good chapter indeed…I still want him to buy a superdreadnought in the future though. This is like a video game lol. Finishing missions, earning credits, using said credits to fully upgrade equipments or buy new ones, finishing missions with those new stuff, so on and so forth…

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  8. Thanks for the chapter !

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  9. the title makes sense now! you can say that ship’s weapons is a blast from the past.

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  10. Hmm you’d think that the ships of the era would pack some point defence weapons, is no one scared of fighters/bombers anymore?

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  11. I like this! Thanks for chapter!

    Kinetic Peterlee weaponry might be outdated, but like he said, when you compensate for energy weaponry, you lack in kinetic.
    With upgraded scanners that are beyond normal distance and detail, he can use Kennewick weaponry to devestating effect.
    I’m excited to find out what happens. Especially to kome gets an local upgrade and can do more off line computing

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  12. thealbinoblacksheep says:

    and the remaining two are torpedo dubes!!”
    >tubes

    Wooo. I love rail guns!!!

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  13. Dark Jackel says:

    Hey, does anyone else in the audience play AI War: Fleet Command? I am suddenly reminded of it, although this universe hasn’t *quite* reached that stage yet. 😏

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  14. FINALY
    WHAT NON SENSE!!!!! LOST TECHNOLOGIES?! USELESS?! WHAT NON SENSICAL CRAP!!!!
    BALLISTIC IS A MAN’S ROMANCE!!!! LASERS AND BEAMS ARE FOR FRAGILE FAGGOT AND LITLE GIRLS!!!!!! XD

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  15. BalthasarH. says:

    I think there might be a few misconception about laser-weapons vs. ballistic-weapons here.
    (Sorry for the long post.)

    1. As cocohime1985 nice Mass Effect 2 video states the effective range of a ballistic-weapon is “until it hits something” but not in a straight line as you have to take gravity into account.
    The effective range of laser-weapons is actually less than that since even the best laser does not stain focused indefinitely (and gravity still effects it to a degree).
    Actually if you use gravity to your advantage you can hit targets, that a light based weapon could never hope to hit (and surprise said targets).

    2. You cannot just shoot a slug down with laser-beams.
    A slug is a massive chunk of Metal (or rock if you use gravity to accelerate some nearby asteroids) and not a rocket.
    You can shoot a rocket down because it contains explosives that can be detonated or because deforming the hull will change the CV-value, increase friction and let the rocket break apart for it.
    A slug has no explosives an there is no (or barely any) friction in space. If you are lucky you laser will melt the slug, but then you still have a molten glob of metal crash into your ship at near-light-speed. You might be able to change the course of the slug by vaporizing parts of it at the sides but that would still take extensive calculation and massive amounts of energy.

    3. Laser based weapons would go out of use first.
    A laser-weapon damages a target by distributing high amounts of energy in a small area of space and therefore heating the material up enough tho vaporize it. Well all you need is a material with a very high vaporization temperature and ideally good heat conductivity + a heat-sink that distributes the energy over a large area. If you cover your ship with something like that laser-weapons become ineffective.
    Not to mention that a laser generates large amounts of heat that you need to get rid off (since you don’t want to boil yourself in your ship), which is very difficult in a neat total vacuum.
    And you need to shot your laser almost continuously since singular millimeter thick holes in your enemy ship don’t really do enough damage to matter. So you need to generate massive amounts of energy on the spot, while a gaus-cannon can have its capacitors charged over time with whatever spare energy your defenses leave over (you only need one good shot to destroy an enemy after all). Rockets don’t tap into your energy reserves at all.

    So why lasers at all? Well, they are cheaper since you only need a generator and no ammunition. The Empire was stable for 5000+ years so the cost factor won out eventually (and everything I mentioned here becomes useless if your anti-laser optimized pirate ship has to face off against a super-dreadnought + accompanying fleet).

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    • madmann135 says:

      I agree with you on almost all of your arguments. There is one reason why I think directed energy weapons could become the main weapon of the empire and ballistic weapons were phased out.

      Safety concerns.

      A laser could travel a few light hours and be defused enough that the laser is essentially harmless (IE maximum range in space). While a 1 pound projectile going 0.0013 light speed could have the impact of around 8 tons of TNT for years and it could take hundreds if not thousands of years for that one pound projectile to slow enough to the point that it won’t punch a hole in a ship.

      I’m guessing that shell weapons were phased out because of safety concerns and someone forgot to keep the law up to date.

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      • phalantice says:

        Thanks for the chap, I cant wait for the next ones.

        To mad’s point.
        Since we have not been told how long ballistics were dropped it is likely 2 parts. the safety concern is quite real as even now we loose an occasional part on a satellite due to orbital junk and space phenomenon. the other is “a mans romance” is dictated by the times. As the newfangled lasers came out they became the hot stuff there was likely enough ballistic armor at the time that getting holes punched in a ship by lasers at critical junctions was far more dangerous and slowly society moved to lasers only and decided cannons were junk and dangerous.

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    • i have to quote aldnoha zero on that
      even if i’m not sure of it’s exactitude realism, the guy did shot down a dozen of mecha with an assault riffle in an area where it was difficult to shoot straigh XD

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  16. Tessius says:

    We need more chapters. It’s been a month since the last chapter release and the author has posted more!

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  17. hahh..
    she’s no longer a loli..

    Thanks for the chapters.

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  18. ashran31 says:

    We want MORE CHAPTERS!!!
    I NEED SUPPORT HERE, GUYS!?

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