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ICA missile technology.
Nemmerle
In light of recent developments in DEW energy generation technology seen in ICAs, namely the conversion of mass to energy, a few of our commanders have forwarded an interesting suggestion to the fleet R&D guys.
They wondered if it would be possible to equip a missile with a weaker and somewhat more compact version of the mass to energy device and directly convert an area of a target's hull into energy a short time before the missile would usually impact. The benefits of such a system are obvious, a vast increase the yield of missile weaponry coupled with an increase in both safety for warship magazines (as they would no longer be required to carry vast quantities of dangerous materials) and in the long run an increase in the number of missiles which could be deployed due to miniaturisation and streamlining of the technology involved. Short term costs should be easily offset by the decreased safety measures which would be needed with the magazines and firing systems of the weapons.
 
Glacialis
Missile warheads at this time are not dangerous until armed. As they are nuclear fission or fusion devices, the reaction must be artificially activated before any sort of energy release can occur.

The matter-to-energy conversion process takes a small amount of matter into the conversion chamber. Projecting this effect at a distance is not currently possible, and it is unlikely such an effect -- if discovered in the near future -- can fit into a missile warhead.

That said, when I perused the first bit of this report, I had thought the suggestion was to put ICA conversion systems as a missile warhead, activating shortly before entering CIWS range and delivering a very short duration, powerful DEW blast. We do not normally tune ICA converters to output that much energy because the wear and tear on the containment and focusing systems increases exponentially with the output levels. However, if the equipment is disposable, a very powerful burst is indeed possible. If it takes too long to discharge, more than a second or so, the warhead can still be intercepted as momentum will keep it moving even if its drive systems are deactivated to power the conversion process or indeed if the conversion breaks up the missile chassis itself.
 
enterprise
this type of device i think that are for now too big and too delicate to put in a missile, but the idea is very good.
i think that it's possible, in theory, a sort of beam weapon that disintegrate the matter of enemy's hull and in the same time generate a big amount of gamma photons.
i think that a some type of modulated beam is used already in currents matter to energy conversion devices.
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yasotay
Barring C/FDB lowering the priority of this concept, I see the possibility of this concept in light of the drastic increase in armor and density of armor on all major combatant.

The question is... who gets it first?
 
enterprise
this type of weapon will destroy any type of hull and armor independently from his composition.
i think that the advanced preparation in energy based weapon of the hiigarians and the unquestioned supremacy in research give to they the first put into action of this new weapon if we place it in a beam.
for warhead, the primacy i think is for vaygr but they don't have a very impressive history in area of research.
they generally use reverse engineering for build their ship and weapon...
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Glacialis
yas, are you referring to the magic beam that converts matter to energy at a distance, or to mounting an ICA conversion system in a missile?
 
TelQuessir
Ref. to LH cruiser modernisation documents, using APIC modules as one-shot devices while "overloading" them beyond designed specifications is considered a valid combat tactic.

This appears to be a refinement of your "laserhead" missile concept we discussed last year, with the benefit of a more efficient delivery system.

One HVT700 chassis may probably be fitted with a AIC180 or 250 equivalent to provide standoff attack capability to the missile, trading the sheer damage potential of a large fusion warhead for CIWS avoidance and as aforementioned, superior efficiency in energy delivery to the target.
 
Altima
Sounds a bit complicated. Why not take an existing warhead, set it to detonate a few meters away from the hull, and as it explodes, have a magnetic "shield" form at the base of the explosion to guide the vast energies into a concentrated, penetrating "beam"? Ideally, it means the currect fusion/fission missles can still be used (therefore cheaper) with modifications.

However, I'd still rather like mass fission/fusion missle barrages than five or six "super" missles. ^_^
 
Nemmerle
Well fusion/fission missiles will eventually reach a certain limit to their destructive power, by using a different mass to energy converter we might be able to find a way around this thus allowing missiles to continue as a viable weapon in the evolving battlespace.

If the projected conversion field from a missilie is not immediatly practical, IE unable to convert a section of the target's hull, then it could always be a long term research project, a natural evoloution of the use of AIC technology being mounted on a missile chasis perhaps.
 
TelQuessir
Altima. Read the above posts again.

We are specifically discussing standoff attack capability for missile warheads to bypass the need to survive a target's close in weapons fire.

Your concept doesn't add much to the discussion, and for an example of a directed-energy nuclear warhead, for lack of a better literal discussion, look no further than laserheads, which are what the ICA missiles are supposed to replace.
Edited by TelQuessir on 14-11-2005 08:36
 
enterprise
i think that in future the hiigarian wil discover a beam that convert a part of target hull into energy destroying ship's hull integrity and generating massive quantity of gamma radiation.
to boldly go where no one has gone before
 
TelQuessir
As I said in another thread, converting the HDS system into an offensive weapon may achieve just that. Reference, agressor shield in Independence War.
 
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