Mass Driver

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Description

Blue Planet Tech Room Description

The mass driver variant of the Varunastra gun is the short-range, brute-force element of the UEF's direct-fire warship weapons systems. Firing explosive-tipped ceramic rounds, the Varunastra-A can inflict punishing damage to corvettes and destroyers alike. Although Karuna frigates can snipe at range with their gauss cannons, they must close in to the 4-kilometer range of the mass driver to decisively conclude the engagement. Jovian engineers at Stormrider Systems built this weapon in concert with Earth-based Consolidated Material Dynamics more than fifteen years ago.

Performance

Mass Driver#Sanctus

Range 3600 m
Rate of Fire 0.1 shots per second
Velocity 3000 ms-1
Base Damage 600
Armor Damage 1.0x 600
Shield Damage 0.25x 150
Subsystem Damage 0.25x 150


Mass Driver#Karuna

Range 4200 m
Rate of Fire 0.1 shots per second
Velocity 3000 ms-1
Base Damage 1200
Armor Damage 1.0x 1200
Shield Damage 0.25x 300
Subsystem Damage 0.25x 300


Mass Driver#Narayana

Range 14400 m
Rate of Fire 0.1 shots per second
Velocity 4200 ms-1
Base Damage 2400
Armor Damage 1.0x 2400
Shield Damage 0.25x 600
Subsystem Damage 0.25x 600


  • Weapon does the final 75% damage to a ship with the supercap flag.

Notes

  • Weapon is capable of easily damaging large vessels (Huge)
  • Weapon cannot be mounted on small ships (Big Ship)
  • Weapon fires on the designated rate of fire on all difficulty levels and all AI levels (Same Turret Cooldown)

Veteran Comments

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These are actually fairly powerful weapons that are not to be underestimated. A pair of Karuna-scale mass drivers do damage equivalent to a TerSlash, with slightly more range and better accuracy. The Narayana-scale mass drivers are awesome weapons that have no true equal in the GTVA: very long range, damage output almost on par with a TerSlash, mounted in pairs on Narayana-class frigates. The UED Toutatis also mounts two of these as a unique modification.