Horizon DAS-X1

Experimental weapons have for the most part relied upon advances of existing technology. On rare occasions a complete leap is made that creates something that has never before been seen. Enter the Dynamic Ammunition System developed by Horizon Technologies in 3309 and intended to replace the EMMBR's role in close combat support. The purpose of this weapon is to solve a long-standing problem of a soldier not having the correct ammunition for the threat they are facing. The DAS-X1 works to solve this problem in a profound way.

Both the ammunition and gun itself are completely unique in their operation. Each shell contains ten separate spheres of a quark plasma that are loaded into weapon. Before loading a round to the chamber it will first pass through the second unique feature of the weapon, the Matter Recondenser. In short, this very advanced system will send an impulse of energy through the chambers of the shell to form the quark plasma into different atoms which then combine to form different molecules. It requires a large amount of energy just for this process, even more depending if the ammunition requires addition processing afterwards.

In the simplest change, each cell can be set to form solid iron pellets. More advanced forms of changes can include high explosive pellets, incendiary chemicals that ignite on contact, corrosive chemicals that will destroy armor, highly electrically charged rounds that will disrupt shielding, high-density impulse rounds to knock a target over, sticky rounds to immobilize a target, dyes and paints to mark, and even cryogenic rounds to freeze a target. Once a round is sent through the Matter Recondenser and is loaded into the chamber of the weapon it is ready to fire. A slug of steel in the back of the cartridge is aligned to the magnetic field of a electromagnetic coil and upon firing the ten pellets are accelerated out of the barrel in shotgun fashion. The weapon even has a fail safe measure should it run out of power. Given the highly compressed and volatile nature of the quark plasma the weapon uses it can be cycled with a very simple under barrel pump. When the trigger is pulled with an uncondensed shell loaded it causes the shell to rupture at the face, sending the heated plasma out the end of the barrel to very devastating effect at close range.

Still experimental and highly expensive there are only a handful in active service at the moment for testing. Highly restricted as well, they are only given out to soldiers in the highest standing and with multiple recommendations as test operators. The weapon has multiple additional features in it to further add to its protection. Should any device be handled by a non-certified operator it will immediately deactivate and even the manual operation of the weapon goes into lock down. Should a soldier go rogue or a weapon go missing, a remote kill can be sent to it that will melt the entire assembly down and leave it as little more than a pile of molten scrap metal. Already, larger versions for ship based weaponry are being developed and the Regulus-class frigates in production are scheduled to be the first recipients of this new and exciting technology.

Class: Infantry or Security
Caliber: 19.69mm DAS
Power Source: ME-200, MEX-205
Capacity: Standard: 10 shot tube loaded individually; rounds powered: 10 (ME-200), 20 (MEX-205)
Rate of Fire: semi-auto, 60 rpm
Max Range: 80m
Effective Range: 50m
Armor Penetration: classified
Shield Penetration: classified
Damage per round: classified
Blast Radius: classified
Velocity: 540 m/s

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