Vega-Antares Research CBL-10 Laser Rifle

Up until the year 1000 TSC, almost ever laser weapon had relied on a pulsed beam system that used a small lasing element that would discharge a beam lasting somewhere in the order of 100 to 250 milliseconds. This was due mainly to the heat limitations of a weapon system because of the small amount of lasing material. Larger weapons aboard ships, fighters, and heavy vehicles were the limit of what could carry a laser capable of firing a long-duration beam.

This changed in 1008 TSC when Vega-Antares Research introduced their Continuous Beam Laser. A first of its kind for man-portable weaponry, the CBL-10 stacked several lasing elements together to act as one. The result was a weapon capable of firing a laser beam lasting for nearly two full seconds. Heat was still a concern and to alleviate the problem VAR was the first ever to introduce an active cooling system that would cycle liquid nitrogen through the core of the gun to maintain everything at a working temperature.

The main focus with using a long-duration beam was for an optical weapon to be able to deal with heavier body armors that pulsed beam weaponry simply could not punch through. While it does require the operator to keep on target in order for the effectiveness of the CBL to reach its maximum against armor, the beam is capable of cutting straight through an unarmored target with little effort. The disadvantage of the CBL system is the extended recharge time between shots which can leave the operator vulnerable to sudden attacks.

Class: Squad Designated Marksman or Sniper
Caliber: 10mm optical
Energy Source: CE-180
Capacity: 30
Beam Duration: 2000ms
Recharge Time: 2000ms
Effective Range: 4000m
Armor Penetration: high
Shield Penetration: medium
Damage per round: high

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