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Discuss various aspects of the Honorverse universe here. Please be mindful of what you post, as not everybody has read the same amount of books. DO NOT post Honorverse fan fiction here under ANY circumstances!
 #23213  by Charles Shananaquet
 Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:42 pm
So, myself and Commander Westover were chatting about energy torpedoes and how they would be great on an Light Attack Craft because they could get either up the kilt or down the throat shoots. We would have to come up with a bit more power output for the LAC but I think that it would be a good idea.


Lets see what others think about this.
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 #23216  by Peter Gold
 Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:08 am
Not just more power but shift from fission to fusion. It's basically a bleed off of the fusion plasma conduits.

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 #23280  by Philip Culmer
 Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:50 am
It's probably very sad of me, but when I saw "LACs with energy torpedos", my initial thought was "sharks with fricking lasers?" :D

On a more serious note, I'm not sure I recall any mention of energy torpedos in the Honorverse - is there a method in Honorverse physics to enable them?
 #23281  by Zachary White
 Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:48 pm
Philip Culmer wrote:It's probably very sad of me, but when I saw "LACs with energy torpedos", my initial thought was "sharks with fricking lasers?" :D

On a more serious note, I'm not sure I recall any mention of energy torpedos in the Honorverse - is there a method in Honorverse physics to enable them?
Honor uses them to destroy the Sirius in the Basilisk System in the first novel.

They are used intermittently several times after that in subsequent novels - albeit very infrequently - they are unguided shaped plasma weapons used for extreme close quarters combat.


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 #23283  by Philip Culmer
 Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Thank you, Sir!
That scarcity must be why they slipped my memory.
 #23290  by Charles Shananaquet
 Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:16 am
Barring the known power draw back would you think that it would be the best unit to be able to get in close to either the Fore or Aft of a ship to get that kill shot before being wiped out like the old PT Boats of the Second World War?
 #23310  by Terry Street
 Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:56 am
Charles Shananaquet wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:16 am
Barring the known power draw back would you think that it would be the best unit to be able to get in close to either the Fore or Aft of a ship to get that kill shot before being wiped out like the old PT Boats of the Second World War?
I think it boils down to the range of the energy torpedo and the amount of damage the weapon inflicts. The ability to cause damage would have to be worth the amount of casualties taken. I suppose this damage to casualty ratio could be influenced by a change in tactics or the development of other weapons as well. If you could mount a grav lance on a small number of LACs to drop an enemy's side walls for example, before the LACs armed with energy torpedoes made their attack runs, the emergency torpedo concept might be more successful. Seeding this LAC strike package with a variant capable of providing missile defense, such as the Grayson katana, could make such an attack even more effective.
 #23311  by Andrew Sivula
 Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:07 am
The problem with going with ET's is that with Bow and stern walls coming into usage they will become non-viable vs the graser, they are also space intensive as compared to the single graser of the shrike class.
 #23321  by Terry Street
 Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:28 pm
Good point. The larger capital ships that normally use the torpedoes certainly have the space to spare in comparison to a LAC.


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 #23889  by Jon Stout
 Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:48 pm
Also Capital Ships have the space to incorporate the Grav Lance which can bring down sidewalls which cannot be pentrated by ETs.

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