Plasma Rifle

Man Portable Plasma Rifle, used on battle armor.
Plasma Rifle
Production information
Type Energy (Direct-Fire, Heat-Inducing, Anti-Infantry)
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Year Availability 3068
Technical specifications
Heat 10
Damage 10
Minimum Range 0
Short Range 1-5
Medium Range 6-10
Long Range 11-15
Tons 6
Critical Slots 2
Ammo Per Ton 10
Cost (unloaded) 260,000
Ammo Cost (per ton) 10,000
BV (1.0) N/A
BV (2.0) 210[1]
26 (Ammo)[1]



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[edit] Description

The Plasma Rifle was developed by the Capellan Confederation. Based upon their man-portable version, the Confederation was able to create what is essentially a massive Flamer.

Plasma weapons use the power of the fusion engine or power amplifiers to power an electromagnetic accelerator that fires a stream, pulse or toroid of plasma (i.e. very hot, energetic, and excited matter). The plasma is created by using a lasing process to flash cartridges of plastic foam into white-hot projectiles that cause thermal as well as physical damage. Because this foam ammo is inert, it cannot explode even if it is destroyed.[2]

The primary damage mechanism of these is thermal transfer; the weapon causes serious burns, and often immediate death of living creatures, and melts or evaporates other materials. The plasma weapons may also have a significant kinetic energy component, that is to say the ionized material is projected with sufficient momentum to cause some secondary impact damage in addition to causing high thermal damage.

In addition to dealing scatter damage, the Plasma Rifle inflicts either 1-6 points of heat or an extra 2-12 points of damage, depending on the unit it strikes:

Unit Heat Additional Damage
Unarmored Infantry N/A 2D6
Mechanized Infantry N/A 2D6
Battle Armor N/A 2D6
Dropship 1D6 None
Jumpship 1D6 None
Aerospace Fighter 1D6 None
Battlemech 1D6 None
Protomech N/A 2D6
Vehicle N/A 2D6

[edit] Models

Brand Planet Company
Ceres Arms Crusher Capella Ceres Metals Industries
Model Used by
Ceres Arms Crusher Plasma Rifle [3] IS PXH-5L Phoenix Hawk (Mech)
Ceres Arms Crusher Plasma Rifle [4] IS PXH-5l Phoenix Hawk (Mech)
Ceres Arms Crusher Plasma Rifles [5] IS MNG-8l Mengqin (Fighter)
Ceres Arms Plasma Rifle [6] IS MHL-6MC Marshal (Mech)
Ceres Arms Plasma Rifle [7] IS TSG-9C Ti Ts’ang (Mech)
Ceres Arms Plasma Rifle [8] IS Y-H11G Yu Huang (Mech)
CeresArms Crusher Plasma Rifles [9] IS crd-8l Crusader (Mech)
ChisComp 12000 Plasma Rifle [10] IS GRM - Garm (Mech)
Defiance NovaShot Model 2 Plasma Rifle [11] IS eft-7X Eisenfaust (Mech)
Flametech Inferno Plasma Rifle [12] IS Moltke MBT (Vehicle)
Victory Blast Furnace Plasma Rifle [13] IS PKP-1a Peacekeeper (Mech)
tiegart Incinerator Plasma Rifle [14] IS Pnt-13K Panther (Mech)

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  2. Total Warfare, p. 139
  3. Milspecs
  4. 3085 p. 236
  5. 3085 p. 118
  6. Milspecs
  7. Milspecs
  8. Milspecs
  9. 3085 p. 252
  10. Milspecs
  11. 3085 p. 74
  12. 3085 p. 42
  13. 3085 p. 104
  14. 3085 p. 66

[edit] Bibliography