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'''Flak guns''' were designed in the year 2341, six years after [[the Great War]]. Initially, it was used as bomb interception screen, which was a partial success. Later, it turned out to be effective against fighter and bombers.
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[[Image:RScreen0052.png|thumb|right|300px|Shivan fighters flying through a flak cloud.]]
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A '''flak gun''' is a point-defense weapon designed and put into service sometime during the [[Reconstruction]] period. Oddly enough, the [[Shivans]] also seem to have adopted this technology at some point prior to their reappearance in the [[Second Shivan Incursion]].
  
Flak guns are more effective against fighters and bombers than warships. However, flak guns are also effective against other smaller-sized ships such as transports, freighters, or even weaker cruisers. When a projectile of flak explodes, it has a small damage radius.
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Flak guns fire highly visible projectiles that explode violently near targets, damaging anything within their blast radius. While flak projectiles do negligible damage against shielded targets, their effective blast radius, coupled with the guns' high rate of fire, makes flak guns a considerable threat against unshielded or partially shielded targets; prolonged exposure to flak fire can also wear down even the most heavily shielded fighters and bombers.
  
Flak projectiles usually do more damage on hull plating than on shields. Flak guns are also known to be nearly useless against subsystems.
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While flak guns are moderately effective against most unshielded vessels and poorly shielded strikecraft due to their superior accuracy and high rate of fire versus the so-called "[[turret|blob turrets]]", they do almost no damage against subsystems and are nearly useless at intercepting bombs as the projectiles often explode harmlessly a good distance away instead of directly hitting the intended targets.
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Unlike [[beam weapon]]s, which are usually mounted only on warships, flak guns, in particular the [[Standard Flak]], are a common sight even on civilian or non-combat vessels.
  
 
==Flak gun classes==
 
==Flak gun classes==

Latest revision as of 09:30, 18 October 2016

Shivan fighters flying through a flak cloud.

A flak gun is a point-defense weapon designed and put into service sometime during the Reconstruction period. Oddly enough, the Shivans also seem to have adopted this technology at some point prior to their reappearance in the Second Shivan Incursion.

Flak guns fire highly visible projectiles that explode violently near targets, damaging anything within their blast radius. While flak projectiles do negligible damage against shielded targets, their effective blast radius, coupled with the guns' high rate of fire, makes flak guns a considerable threat against unshielded or partially shielded targets; prolonged exposure to flak fire can also wear down even the most heavily shielded fighters and bombers.

While flak guns are moderately effective against most unshielded vessels and poorly shielded strikecraft due to their superior accuracy and high rate of fire versus the so-called "blob turrets", they do almost no damage against subsystems and are nearly useless at intercepting bombs as the projectiles often explode harmlessly a good distance away instead of directly hitting the intended targets.

Unlike beam weapons, which are usually mounted only on warships, flak guns, in particular the Standard Flak, are a common sight even on civilian or non-combat vessels.

Flak gun classes