Klingon Disruptor Cannons
There are three main types of weapon systems that are collectively known as disruptor cannons. These are the type VI, VII and VIII.
- Type VI The first of the Cannon types used by the Klingons. Cannons of this type are the energy weapons that have been used on Klingon Birds of Prey since the 2150's. These cannons have been mounted to various positions on Birds of Prey with the 22nd Century Bird of Prey haven not only the now typical wing mounted cannons but twin cannons mounted to the ventral surface of the engineering section and cannons mounted to the port and starboard side of the command section. These cannons are composed of a large primary cannon and two smaller secondary cannons.
- Type VII are the largest ship mounted weapons used by the Klingons. The Type VII is most often seen mounted to Battle Cruisers such as the K'T'Inga or Negh'Var classes. Disruptors of this type are also used as defensive systems for Space stations or other orbital facilities. These cannons are often mounted at the forward or aft most point of the ship but can be carried in weapons pods to act as auxiliary weapons to the Type VIII B Cannons
- Type VIII are large planet defense weapons. Cannons of this type can most often be found in facilitates on a planets surface and can not only be used to protect the planets surface from enemy craft operating within that planets atmosphere but also attack enemy targets in orbit of that planet. They Type VIII can be further broken down into two sub types The Type VIII A and Type VIII B. The only difference between the two sub types being that the Type VIII A is a more compact system and is often used as mobile artillery units. The Type VIII A has also been observed mounted to the outer hull of Klingon orbital facilities. The Type VIII B are fixed emplacements and are spreed around a planets surface or the surface of smaller bodies such as moons or asteroids to provide defense of near by facilities. Newer ships such as the Vor'cha and Negh'Var classes have the Type VIII B Disruptor Cannon mounted to them.
- 1 Disruptor Cannon Operations
- 2 Disruptor Cannon Components
Disruptor Cannon Operations
Once a target has been selected by the ship's weapons officer the Disruptor Control Unit, or DCU, make adjustments to the disruptor settings to ensure that the disruptor beam is at the proper strength when it impacts the target. The DCU also controls adjustments to the Mount Assembly to ensure that the cannons are properly aimed at the selected target. Once completed power is drawn from the EPS System and through the power conditioning block to even out an fluctuations within the plasma flow.
From the conditioning block the plasma is passed Forced-Energy Particle Generator resulting in the creation of the proton the disruptor beam is composed of. This proton stream is then passed through the first stage accelerator where the stream where its speed is accelerated to three times is initial speed before being sent into the diverter block. If the secondary cannons were selected for use the diverter block will shunt the proton stream to those cannons. If the primary cannon is to be used the stream passes through the block and into that cannon.
No matter the cannons used the stream will then pass through a second stage accelerator that makes up the barrel of the cannon prior to entering the beam emitter at the end of the cannon's barrel. From the emitter the beam will be emitted toward the target.
Disruptor Cannon Components
Cannon Mount Assembly
To increase the the size of the firing arc of the Type VIII A Disruptor Cannon the cannon is mounted to the ship or mobile ground unit with Mount Assembly. This Assembly is composed of a set of Torsion Arms to move the cannon in the X and Y axis. These torsion arms use elctro fluidic pressure to control the motion of the arms.
The ship mounted Disruptor Emitter draws power directly from the ships EPS systems. A power tap draws power from the EPS system and pass it through a power conditioning block that uses a series of magnetic iris valve locks to smooth out any fluctuations prior to passing the energy to the forced particle generator
Forced-Energy Particle Generator
The Forced particle Generator or FEPG is a larger version of the FEPGs that can be found in the Pistols and Rifles. The FEPG is composed of a superconducting Stator suspended in a pressurized cylinder filled with Krogium gas. The stator is energized by the energy from the EPS System causing the stator to spin an a rapid rate within the Krogium gas creating the proton stream.
The proton stream exits the FEPG via a magnetic gate valve and into the First Stage Accelerator Assembly.
First Stage Accelerator Assembly
The proton stream is driven around the torus of the First Stage Accelerator Assembly (FSAA) via alternating magnetic fields accelerating the stream to three times the initial beam speed. Upon exiting the FSAA the proton stream passes through the Diverter Block.
Diverter Block/Beam Spliter Unit
If the secondary cannons have be selected by the weapons officer or automatically selected by the Disruptor Control Unit due to damage to the main cannon the diverter block will divert the proton stream to the Beam Spliter where the stream is evenly divided between the two secondary cannons prior to the being emitted toward the target. If the stream is not diverted to the secondary cannons the stream is passed to the Second Stage Accelerator Assembly.
Secondary Stage Accelerator Assemblies
The Second Stage Accelerator Assemblies (SSAA) make up the barrels of the primary and secondary cannons. Upon entering the SSAA the proton stream is accelerated down the length of the barrels doubleing the speed of the stream prior to the beam entering the emitter.
The Beam Emitters for the primary and secondary cannons are hemispherical shaped lithium crystal. The crystals are grown under controlled conditions in an a liquid Krogium bath and the resulting crystals are impregnated with the Krogium. When the proton stream enters the emitter from the Accelerator Assembly the beam is held with in the emitter for up to .0065 seconds before being emitted from the emitter crystal toward the intended target.
Disruptor Control Unit
Each Disruptor Cannon is controlled by an individual Disruptor Control Unit or DCU. The DCU controls the amount of energy pulled from the EPS Systems to ensure that the strength of the disruptor beam is a the appropriate strength at the point of impact with the target. Also the DCU controls the motion of the torsion arms to steer the cannon towards the selected target.
The ships weapons officer selects a target that is locked onto by the ships tactical sensors that feeds data to the DCU. The DCU then makes the necessary changes to the systems of the Disruptor Emitter to maximize the beam strength upon impact with the target along with controlling the angle of the beam's emission from the Disruptor Emitter to maximize the time the beam is in contact with the selected target.
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