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and is therefore not canon for the FreeSpace universe.
The Balor is a rapid-fire particle cannon developed by the GTVA as a result of the Threat Exigency Initiative. The Balor was designed with flexibility in mind; its high refire rate and projectile speed makes it an excellent weapon of choice against bombs and smaller, faster enemies, while sustained fire and successive hits allows it to grind through the hulls of heavy bombers within a reasonable amount of time. In addition, the Balor's low energy drain means that it can be fired for prolonged periods, even with decreased weapons energy recharge. The success of the Balor prompted it to be mass-produced even during the economic collapse that arose as a result of the Capella supernova, and its versatility on the field was put to good use in the 14th Battlegroup during their misadventure to Sol.
The Balor employs a cycle-fire pattern that causes it to fire a single shot from each chamber sequentially, rather than the more common simultaneous-fire pattern found in almost all pre-Capella weapons that fire a single shot from all chambers at once. Hence, the Balor's firing speed is proportional to the number of firing points of the primary weapon bank it is mounted on. When mounted on a primary bank with more than two firing points, such as the lower quad bank of an Aurora heavy reconnaissance fighter, the Balor's firing rate is increased dramatically.
Blue Planet Tech Room Description
The Balor particle cannon is a production derivative of the UD-8 Kayser technology, optimized for low energy usage and high rate of fire. Developed by a collaborative crash program between the Akheton Corporation and Triton Dynamics, the Balor is designed to give GTVA fighters flexible, sustained firepower, capable of engaging nimble Shivan light fighters and massive bombers alike. The Balor's design reflects the bloody lessons of Capella - its high rate of fire allows it to excel at warhead intercept. Produced in massive numbers even during the post-war economic collapse, the high-compatibility Balor is now used in every Terran fighter squadron of the GTVA. The Balor was the first result of the post-Capella Threat Exigency Initiative.
|Rate of Fire||5 shots per second|