[a/n-Ok, to make up for the EPIC SCIENCE FAIL of my last couple posts, here's something I have actually put some thought in. Enjoy. Or pick apart, whatever.]
Subject- Weapon Research
Although I am remiss to report a lack in success in creation of a reliable plasma based weaponry similar to that used by our current... unruly visitors, I am happy to report that the current influx of samples provided to those of us in the lab has led to some large leaps in technological design theory.
Of particular focus is the weapons systems as reported in files [classified] and [classified], or better known to the troops as the two major plasma-based weapons that have been encountered in the field.
The first type, nicknamed the "fireball orb" gun by us in the science division, essentially creates a focused ball of ionized particles, by a process we currently theorize as some sort of gravity-induced anti-matter flux system, before launching the resultant "fireball orb" at a target. This one, we admit, mostly just makes us look at it and scratch our collective heads.
The second, much cruder and less effective one, called the "flint" gun, is much more understandable in how it works.
Essentially a kinetic weapon, the "flint" is a currently unnamed material (that we have concluded is made and not naturally occurring) that is designed to go plasma during the firing sequence.
In short, it is a high-tech version of lighting an arrow on fire before launching it. Or in this case, launching it causes the arrow to catch on fire.
So what have we figured out? Don't worry, I'm getting to that.
The two major advances we have made are thus:
1.) While we have successfully recreated the material used as ammunition for the flint gun, all samples have suffered from a strange case of high deterioration, to the point that we cannot hope to reliably use it ourselves. We believe that there may be a step in it's creation that we don't know about, and hope that current forays in studying captured visitor production facilities might yield an answer.
Wait, we captured some production facilities?
No. *HINT HINT*
We have, however, been able to use the knowledge gleaned to design a new type of incendiary ammunition. Similar to design to the current "Armor piercing incendiary" ammunition, however, instead of an incendiary element encased in a shell activated via explosive material, the shell itself is designed to "flare" via a process of [classified].
Similarly, we have designs on hand for more advanced explosive ordinance (frag grenades, missiles, etc.) that use a similar process to create, essentially, "flint fragments", which should increase lethality by a large percentage.
2.) One thing we found interesting about both the flint and the fire orb guns is, despite its usage by two vastly different species, is the remarkable similarities in their launching mechanisms.
In a way, they are very similar to Gauss-type weapons, in that they use a "pull" type mechanism in the barrel as propulsion for their launched material.
However, unlike, say, a railgun or coilgun, they don't use magnetism for the process, nor do they use manipulated gravity as we had previously theorized.
Even more confusingly, despite the last sentence, the process does have elements of magnetism, and manipulated gravity.
Despite the perplexing nature of this find, we believe that, helped by the current study into "grip" technology being done in the Armor & Equipment departments [see [classified]], we have been able to create a similar system.
While not technically a Gauss system, the name is well known enough to the troops for them to understand the basic gist of it, so we are naming it thus. Instead of a series of coils, however, the system uses a grid of hexagonal "plates" designed to activate in a certain order.
Unfortunately, despite the achievement in and of itself for getting the system to work, it is not quite efficient enough on its own to be used as a mass-driving system.
Fortunately, there happen to be sci-fi geeks amongst the rank-and-file troops.
Thanks to the observations of one [classified], we have noticed that we were able to maintain an efficient level of propulsion at specific lower levels of power, and that, when combined with a more conventional chemical-based firearm, we were able to achieve velocities of a full powered singular system at a fraction of the power output.
As such, we have successfully designed a system designed to "strap on" to barrels of conventional firearms (though while "strap on", does require the trigger to be replaced to work properly), and have been able to achieve heightened weapon performance from doing so.
Designs for a more dedicated hybrid system are underway, with plans to combine with the "Plasmic Electro-Thermal" system currently in R&D. If successful, we hope to achieve velocities to rival those used by the medium-grade visitor weapons.