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Westinghouse M95A1 / A2 Phased Plasma Rifle


M95A1 / A2 Series Weapon System Specifications

MANUFACTURER:

Westinghouse Automated Manufactory,
Block A5, Sector 4,
Tulsa OK, USA,
North America

Also available in template form at any Series III or higher construction facility
 

PRODUCTION:

03:02:2015 to 07:04:2029 A.D. 

TYPE:  

Heavy individual fully portable, high gain, very high energy weapon system, high capacity feed

CONSTRUCTION:

Enduralloy components mated to carbon fiber and moly fiber carrier, misc. plastics and metals with superconducting filaments.

OPERATION:

Level IV magnetic field containment of refined hydrogen fuel excited with thermal rapid pulse chemical high energy laser ignition system.  Caseless fuel / power integration.

BORE SIZE

20mm / 15mm magnetically stabilized and insulated smoothbore

WEIGHT

6.0kg, unloaded.
Loaded power clip containing enough fuel and battery energy
for 100 plasma pulse cartridges weighs 2.0kg

Total loaded weapon weight: 8.0kg

DIMENSIONS:

Length overall, 1.0 meters (1000mm)

AMMUNITION:

M48T5 Integrated Fuel Power (IFP) type stacked array containing enough refined hydrogen core fuel and battery power to initiate and produce 100 plasma pulses.  Later capacity increased to 150 shots with introduction of M50T5 series high capacity power clip.

FEED SOURCE:

100 pulse capable refined hydrogen fuel cell combined with coaxial high density Type VI crystal storage array.  Later models are fed by 150 pulse capable fuel cell combo.

RATE OF FIRE:

60 pulses per minute sustained given cooling cycle and single rate of fire.  Unit capable of select fire in three round bursts or full automatic fire.  Cyclic rate of fire on full auto is 180 pulses per minute.  Onboard diagnostic and safety interface systems prevent weapon overheating by locking out firing system if core temp rises beyond acceptable levels.

PROJECTILE:

0.65 Mj phased plasma bolt, flow wash temp at +4500 degrees

MUZZLE VELOCITY:

Staged hand-off coils accelerate bolt to a velocity of 9000 meters per second (9.0kps).

MAXIMUM RANGE:

2000 meters (bolt integrity destabilizes and cohesion factor approaches .85% dispersal).  Bolt reaches maximum range in 0.22 seconds.

EFFECTIVE RANGE:

1400 meters (at this point bolt begins to lose cohesion, dispersal factor starts to rise).  Bolt reaches effective range in 0.15 seconds.

PERFORMANCE:

Contact hit produces 10mm diameter entry point forming destructive tunneling of target material through kinetic energy and super thermal contact.  Upon negative penetration or contact with a superior surface, bolt will destabilize into high speed thermal tributary fragments with a one meter lethal splash radius.  Laser excited, magnetically accelerated 10mm x 1000mm pre-emptive phased conversion thermal bolt will penetrate 10.5cm of case hardened steel up to effective range with loss of overall penetration commensurate with range after that.  Immediate transfer of thermo-kinetic energy to soft target tissues and standing fluids rated at greater than 95% with high speed liquid to vapor thermal expansion.  High duration of residual thermal effects noted in hard surfaces struck by plasma fire.  Explosive displacement of up to one cubic meter of material may result from bolt impact with material having trapped water or water vapor inside (porous rock, concrete, masonry, etc.) with lethal spall out to one point five meters from point of explosive decoupling of material cohesive structure.

DAMAGE INDEX:

Consistent Damage Index of  180 / 10 representing at effective range the 10mm x 1000mm bolt will penetrate 180 cm of standard ballistic gelatin with a wound channel radiating out 10 cm from the point of impact narrowing from that radius in accordance with depth and tensile strength of target material as the bolt loses temperature and velocity.  This index rating does not take into account any standing liquids such as water or blood that may be encountered as such liquids will be instantaneously vaporized thus greatly increasing the wound channel radius through flash heating causing high velocity steam expansion and lethal bursting of soft tissues over a large volume of body area.

HISTORY-       

The M95 series of weapons were produced by SKYNET exclusively for the ground mobile Endoskeleton units.  The M95 was heavier than either the M-25 series or the M20 series and as such, it was not a popular weapon with the Resistance (as few humans could heft and carry the eight kilogram mass of the plasma ejector).  The handgrips were purposely designed more for the Endoskeleton units, thus making the M95 series even more awkward to use by humans (this last mod in a fit of growing paranoia that humanity was using SKYNET's own technology against it, a reality in and of itself).  The M95A1 had a tremendous amount of recoil to it, the A2 series incorporated a prototype inertial damper which eliminated most of the felt recoil and brought it down to that of the older M-25 series weapon systems.

The M95 series weapon, of which the A1 was the first model, was the most effective fully portable plasma ejectors created during the War.  Its abundant cooling reservoir and ample fuel / power storage gave it great endurance in the field, especially the later models with their higher capacity fuel / power cells.  It was built so that an Endoskeleton or other unit could carry two and use them at the same time.  Individual weapons could be reloaded in the field by ejecting the spent power / fuel cartridge and reinserting a fresh cartridge or it could be docked into a recharging rack (power feed module located at the upper left in the diagram) for replenishment (an act which took seventy-two and a half seconds).  Later models of SKYNET's heavy HK units, especially the tracked HKs, carried recessed charging cradles for these weapons, allowing Endoskeleton units to recharge their weapons from an allied source in the field.  Usually the HK recharging rack was fully stocked and an Endoskeleton would simply remove a fully charged M95 series weapon and replace its discharged weapon in the rack.  That way, freshly charged weapons were always at hand for units operating in the field.

The M95 was a tactical success in that it gave SKYNET's ground units far more effective range and a very high damage index from the larger, longer bolt that the M95 could produce and discharge.  Endoskeleton units could now engage humans at a range that was optimum for their weapons but disadvantageous for the humans.  The introduction of the Mod 3 Base Series 12A liquid crystal optics upgrade on most T600 and above Endoskeleton models in 2019 A.D. allowed for precision shots being made at maximum effective range by SKYNET units possessing both the optic upgrades and the M95 series weapon.  The increased power of the M95 and the increased precision of the optics upgrade caused the humans to go even deeper into hiding in the ruins, exposing less and less of their selves to open or free shots and moving from cover to cover with more effectiveness than before.  The explosive decoupling of large amounts of standing material struck by the plasma bolt removed a great amount of potential cover from any humans as the bolt was able to punch through walls and debris piles with little degradation of bolt coherency.  The nature of the larger containment bottle and the increased power of the containment field gave the M95A1 and A2 series weapons almost twice the effective range of the older M-25 series weapons, a difference that began to make a telling account on the battlefield soon after the introduction of the new weapons to SKYNET's order of battle.

The M95, along with the M20-A, remained SKYNET's premiere ground combat plasma weapons from 2015 A.D. up until 2029 A.D.

 

T800 combat Endoskeleton carrying M95A1 phased plasma rifle.

 

All post Series 600 Endoskeletons were equipped with dual independently
operating target acquisition processors which allowed them to wield dual
weapons with inhuman precision and machine-like ambidextrous ease

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