Self Replicating Mine

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The self-replicating mine was developed during the Dominion War. The mines were first developed on Deep Space Nine as a method of protecting the entrance to the Bajoran Wormhole. The mines built on the station were cobbled together using what was at hand using both Star Fleet and Cardassian equipment. Although the original mines were made from what was at hand the design of self-replicating mines now in Star Fleet's inventory have been standardized for ease of construction.

The self-replicating mines are vulnerable to high levels of antigravitons. The mine filed deployed around the mouth of the Bajoran Wormhole was defeated by antigraviton beams.

Mine Components

Outer shell:

The shell was originally adapted form an octagonal duranium cargo container 1.76 meters across and 1.85 meters tall. While the shells of the replicator mines in the fleets inventory are purposely made they retain the same dimensions and materials as the cargo containers.

Warhead:

The warhead consists of a duranium combiner tank into which the deuterium and antideuterium have been preloaded. The reactants are separated by a long term toroidal magnetic field driver. When the proximity sensors detect a viable target the sensors would command the field to drop allowing the mine to detonate. Modulation of the magnetic field aids in keeping the mines oriented in the set dispersal pattern.

Thrusters:

The station keeping thrusters where modified from class one probe. The thrusters were connected to a single cold gas nitrogen tank. While this design will not provide the thrust necessary for extreme maneuvering it is more than meet the need for the fine position modifications necessary to ensure that the mines are equally spaced with in the boundary of the mine field.

Sensor package:

The sensor package contains proximity sensors for target detection and Neutrino detectors. Originally meant to keep the mines at a uniform distance from the mouth of the Bajoran Wormhole. Tests of the mines have shown that the neutrino detectors are able to detect nearby cloaked vessels. The proximity sensors and Neutrino detectors were scavenged from sensor probes in the inventory of Deep Space Nine.

Replicator System:

The replicator systems is equipped with a raw-matter supply container that holds enough material to produce one sixty fifth of a completed mine. The rest of the material is transported through the rest of the remaining mine filed via subspace emitters from as many other mines as necessary to replace the lost mines. The total amount of material distributed across the field is enough to replicated 2,500 mines.

The replicator system is designed to accommodate a swarm detonation of up to twenty mines and still maintain the integrity of the mine field. In the event that the mass supply drops below eighty-five percent the replicator system is designed to extract particles form the zero-point vacuum domain to replenish the system. The eighty-five percent threshold was chosen due to the long lead time required to produce mall numbers of particle pairs.

Of all the systems in the self-replicating mine the replicator systems were produced with a majority of components from Cardassian replicator systems.