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-class Battleship, Quantum-Tunnel Cannon variant
On the surface, not much has changed on the Heisenberg
-class. Its current design and armament were deemed satisfactory when compared with similar battleships in other star empires, including the Heathen
The Quantum-Tunnel Cannon represents the new addition to the Heisenberg
. The Armed Forces Department often complained that the particle accelerator ring possessed little combat use, as true intergalactic capacity was rarely utilized in conventional military operations, while increasing the mass and target size of the Heisenberg
. Thus, the Quantum-Tunnel Cannon utilizes the Heisenberg's onboard particle accelerator to provide sufficient energy to teleport shells directly into the interior of enemy ships, bypassing armored plating and shields. This could allow the Heisenberg
to destroy a ship in one shot by firing directly into its bridge or power core.
Although Trattoria is in possession of advanced teleportation technology of several kinds (see Dr. Forbes's brief summary of Trattorian teleporters), it was only after Black Box Bureau researchers examined wreckage and footage of engagements with the Shraag and their meson-bolt cannons did they realize its potential as a weapons system. Taking advantage of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and the resulting phenomenon of quantum tunneling, the Physics Department produced a stripped-down monoterminal teleportation system capable of delivering munitions to enemy ships. This version has the benefit of only transporting the ammunition material and requiring prohibitive energy and computing costs, reducing its potential value to any nations who might salvage a wreck.
Regrettably, the Heisenberg
only carries four units of ammunition for the Quantum-Tunnel Cannon. The cannon is also easily rendered dysfunctional by inducing a break in the particle accelerator ring. Perhaps the greatest design flaw is that the ammunition is stored next to the shield and power generators and the quantum-tunnel cannon directly leads to them, allowing a lucky shot to destroy the Heisenberg in one hit. The main engine also had to be sacrificed to make room for the cannon, further reducing the Heisenberg
's already unimpressive subluminal speed.
The Quantum-Tunnel Cannon works by injecting the ammunition into the particle accelerator to accelerate it to relativistic velocities. The resulting angular velocity then becomes:
Afterwards, [DATA EXPUNGED]. After the ammunition undergoes [DATA EXPUNGED], it is reinjected into the Quantum-Tunnel Cannon, where it teleported and impacts the target (usually the interior of the ship) at its accelerator exit velocity.
tl;dr I basically added something that should have gone on the ship originally. Although the intergalactic drive is nice, I thought the big honking particle accelerator ring deserved an actually useful function in battle.