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Mass Driver Weapon test in Bengat

December 7, 2012

A reporter of Galactic News attended at a weapon demonstration in Bengat

The Mass Driver gun

The Empire proceeded to a weapon test. Originally reserved to few guests, such as the Hutt Council, the demonstration was finally open, although, most of the audience were members of the Empire or the Hutt Space. The “firing ceremony” took place in their new holding Bengat. An old but large Star Destroyer Imperial II Class was deployed in the low atmosphere, facing the big gun of the weapon install on the shore.

The Emperor Kulith Laan introduced Lord Corvus, the engineer having created this weapon and congratulated Bengat for joining the EmpireLord Corvus. The weapon would destroy the spaceship and its remain would become a “New Great Artificial Reef.” Lord Corvus, a Disciple of Ragnos, explained this weapon already caused caused measurable damage to the republic ship the Outlaw during the battle for Coruscant and the Emperor had asked for a demonstration. The “Mass Driver”, the weapon name, was based on a tractor beam and was able to break any targets, ship or even asteroids. A ship shield would be unable to defend against such sort of ammunition.

A large crowd attending

People moved to the observation cabin, and after some trouble for aiming, the canon fired and hit the destroyer. The ship heated rapidly and after a few minutes, a giant explosion blasted its core and the ship was disintegrated in a huge flash of light.

Lord Corvus was congratulated by the Emperor for its demonstration. The Empire considered to install it on their capital ship, expecting to have an operational fleet equipped in few dozens of days. Darth Umbra assured the weapon can be improved furthermore even if she assured it’s already superior to other known weapons. Lord Corvus will continue to work on the weapon. He assured if an enemy was able to match this firepower, he would be even more motivated to create a even stronger weapon. Mit’lar The Hutt was interested by purchasing one but it was not for sale yet.

— Daana Kira

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  1. Cowl Millet
    December 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I approve of GNN’s new graphics!

  2. Arman T'ad
    December 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    such…brilliant planning. take a star destroyer to test the weapons system….don’t bother with a freighter, no go straight for a warship you could use to defend your systems.

    • cowl millet
      December 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      Obviously someone doesn’t understand the process of scuttling. Or 2 century old designs.

    • From the Desk of The Imperial Ministry of Public Relations
      December 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      The Empire has been phasing out the Imperial II class Star Destroyers for over a hundred years, but we’ve kept a good number of them around in dry dock in case we needed them for a demonstration or for back up. Most of our current ships are Imperious class and other Star Destroyers

  3. Shadow
    December 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    ((The star destroyer looked awesome!Anyone know the creator?))

  4. Morrigan Wemyss
    December 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    The ship was clearly far to old to be put to good use as an actual ship. As a reef it can be used to the enjoyment of tourists and the local people of Bengat. Rather than setting in a scrap yard.

  5. Dark Lord Validus
    December 8, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    An impressive weapon, no doubt, but mere technology pales in comparison to the wonders the Force can conjure. The strongest hand is the one which moves unseen.

  6. Sapphire Tafo
    December 8, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    I wonder how many explosive they stuffed the destroyer for it actually explode.

    • Xan Qenadius
      December 8, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      I take it you’ve never heard of a mass driver before?

      The real question that should be asked is, how did the Empire come across a weapon style that used to be primaritly used in Mandalorian capital ships?

      • December 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        Mass drivers are old technology. I had wondered why no one had thought to use it until recently. Suffice to say, it’s not that impressive. However, I do praise those who look to the past as they head toward the future, regardless of which side they belong to. Mass drivers are rather easy and affordable to produce, I might add. The Technology is cost effective and it works. I don’t see why people are praising it like some sort of superweapon, rather than the inventive innovation and improvements that impresses me.

    • Vox Cast
      December 8, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      Indeed, one wouldn’t expect your typical mass-driver weapon to create an explosion such as that. Either the ship was packed with explosives, or they are using some kind of new warhead.

      • From the Desk of The Imperial Ministry of Public Relations
        December 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        The shots were aimed at the Ship’s reactor core, tore through the hull and decks and struck the core, causing it to go critical and set off a chain reaction through the power distribution systems. Older model Imperial warships and designs have that flaw in common. a flaw you can be assured has been corrected in all current Imperial designs

        what was unique about the Mass Driver weapon was that it uses tractor beam and vacuum technology to draw in nearby debris and matter, and a compression chamber to create a densely packed shot, eliminating the chief problem with mass driver technology, which is the need for a supply of ammunition to be carried on board.

  7. Master Solo
    December 8, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    ((thats what i would like to know i mean it looks cool and i want to know where they got if from ))

  8. December 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Buy it, steal it, do research on it. Take your pick. Mandalorian tech is hardly a secret of the galaxy.

  9. Vox Cast
    December 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Unless there is some key details missing from the article, I don’t see how firing a projectile at high velocity is unique enough to be considered “Mandalorian technology”, as people seem to be suggesting.

    • cowl millet
      December 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      It isn’t… Doesn’t matter what madalorians say, that’s like claiming plasma tech is beyond someone’s capability to utilize unless they steal it from Jedi.

  10. Xan Qenadius
    December 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I take it Vox, that you’ve never seen the statstics on a Keldabe battle cruiser at any point?

  11. Red Comet
    December 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Wait, don’t we already have Mass Drivers on orbital platforms capable of much larger scale and less flashy destruction?

    • Arman T'ad
      December 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      we do, it’s just that people insist on calling their weapons the latest and most genius system ever.

  12. December 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    From the Desk of The Imperial Ministry of Public Relations :
    The shots were aimed at the Ship’s reactor core, tore through the hull and decks and struck the core, causing it to go critical and set off a chain reaction through the power distribution systems. Older model Imperial warships and designs have that flaw in common. a flaw you can be assured has been corrected in all current Imperial designs
    what was unique about the Mass Driver weapon was that it uses tractor beam and vacuum technology to draw in nearby debris and matter, and a compression chamber to create a densely packed shot, eliminating the chief problem with mass driver technology, which is the need for a supply of ammunition to be carried on board.

    I know a way to do this better and cheaper.

    • From the Desk of The Imperial Ministry of Public Relations
      December 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      I cant easily imagine a cheaper and better way to give a mass driver limitless ammunition other than using this method. What could you possibly do differently?

      • Arman T'ad
        December 11, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        I do believe, good sir, that she means the way to make the star destroyer go boom by including an explosive device in the payload.

  13. From the Desk of The Imperial Ministry of Public Relations
    December 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Well, yes obviously there are more efficient means of destroying a two hundred and fifty year old Starship model than using mass driver technology.

    • Arman T'ad
      December 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      or destroying a cargo vessel of the same ilk…not that I would expect the Empire to know what it’s doing in that regard.

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