PGMP-13

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Generic PGMP-13
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Generic PGMP-13
Group: Ranged Weapon
Tech Level TL–13
Size 900.0 mm
Weight 900.0 grams (7,900.0 grams)
Cost Cr65,000
Ammo Power Pack, high capacity
Manufacturer Various
Generic PGMP-13

The PGMP-13 (7,900.0 grams loaded; Cr65,000; TL-13) is a very powerful light weapon, a PGMP, used by high tech infantry in Battle Dress.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

"PGMP-13:" A high gain light plasma gun designed exclusively for use with battle dress. Of similar general configuration to the PGMP-12, the PGMP-13 may only be fired by an individual wearing battle dress and only when the firer is stationary and firmly braced in one of several standard firing positions. This allows the suit's normal strength enhancement units to function as a recoil carriage. Instead of a conventional stock, the PGMP-13 has a recoil cylinder terminating in a computer link to the battle dress. The computer link engages when placed in the PGMP socket integral into the battle dress (placed over the upper right or upper left chest/ shoulder). The weapon may not be fired unless the socket is engaged. Engagement projects crosshairs on the faceplate for targeting. The weapon may be fired several times a minute. The power pack is a small fusion reactor with effectively unlimited fuel for combat purposes (but requires periodic refueling and routine maintenance every 24 to 36 hours, depending on the amount of use). [1]

Weapon Characteristics[edit]

Length: 900.0 mm. Weight of weapon: 900.0 grams. Weight of power pack: 7,000.0 grams. Base price: Cr65,000 (extra power packs: Cr50,000; refueling: Cr20). Tech level: 13. Extreme range: 1,000.0 meters. [2]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

As sophont civilizations gain greater and greater mastery over volatiles and high energy physics, more capable weapons are developed. Typically very early energy weapons are developed in the TL:7-9 epoch including fuel-air explosives and very large nuclear weapons, which vastly outclass the atomic weapons of the TL:4-6 epoch.

By TL:10-12, Plasma Weaponry becomes viable and supplements lasers, particle beams, and other energy weapons. By the end of the epoch, the advanced PGMP-12 appears, which is extremely advanced for its time. Plasma weaponry continues to be refined and developed.

By the TL:13-15 epoch, the first fusion weapons begin to debut, which can project greater damage than the earlier plasma weapons. The FGMP series in increasingly refined as it goes from a bulky battle dress-only form down to sophont-wielded rifle-like form. As the materials technology and miniaturization improves, future fusion pistols will undoubtedly become viable. [3]

Selected PGMP Models[edit]

PGMP:

  1. TL-12 PGMP or PGMP-12
  2. TL-13 PGMP or PGMP-13
  3. TL-14 PGMP or PGMP-14

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This list of sources was used by the Traveller Wiki Editorial Team and individual contributors to compose this article. Copyrighted material is used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author. The page history lists all of the contributions.
  1. Frank Chadwick. Mercenary (Game Designers Workshop, 1978), 36-37.
  2. Frank Chadwick. Mercenary (Game Designers Workshop, 1978), 36-37.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak