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OOC: So this is development thread for some stuff I'll be developing here. For now, I'll obviously be omitting my IRL references for security sake and so someone doesn't conveniently have the same idea and rush the development before I even get to issue my new toys ( I'll make the sources public eventually). Take this as my attempt to actually show details of what is IRL complex and very time-consuming operations. I'll be exploring things like funding, development issues, mistakes, breakthroughs and the like. IC'ly THIS IS NOT PUBLIC as the text below will tell you. Naturally, everything made here will either exist IRL near-exactly as depicted, or will have slight theoretical alterations that will NOT be vastly improving any quality of a system other than something like reduced cost, slightly greater rate of fire, etc. etc. Anything more "original" I do will have to do with me integrating different existing and proven systems together to achieve small, but explainable advantages. --- Introduction The screen briefly goes bright and then dims again suddenly. A flash of text appears-- Oficina Technicia Militar The following footage is classified--for reference and archive use only. In compliance with State Secrets Act 20-180. Reproduction, replication, or any otherwise means of converting/transcribing the events, persons, procedures or items depicted is punishable by the penalties of high treason--which may include lifetime incarceration or execution. Dialogue or portions of footage in this recording may be manipulated or omitted for protective censorship ONLY. All results and disclosed data are certified and may be utilised for ARIV, FLAIR, or OTM reference citation. Cut to black. Then another flash of text-- These series of clips have been extracted from "Palladium Programme" archives for review of sub-project material and data collected from numerous tests of different systems. Including in his series are test footage from the Projects ME-DE, Phaethon, Tevran, Arma, Roc, Alicanto, and Aethon. --- Tech's Files- Part I: The ME-DE Missile The screen fades into a shaky frame of a ship deck. One the bottom corner of the screen is a date, time and location stamp: Súbic Naval Proving Zone 01-0020 1030 IST--June 27, 2007 Rec. No. 031, ME-DE Project (Test 10-0012) "Jesús Manuel, mount that thing--there...there! On the tripod. F*cking--we're hot in like five-mikes". The camera shakes some more and a brief glimpse at a pair of boots and then a face enters the frame. "Did you mount the right telephoto? The Lyka? Nope...no-no you mounted the Mikon. I'm not even angry anymore. You absolute twit." The camera lifts revealing a clear, cloudless sky, bordered in equal part by an expanse of calm coastal waters. The shaking abruptly stops as the cameraman sets it on a tripod mounted towards what looks to be the bow of a vessel. The frame blurs, zooming in far towards the horizon--and then refocuses. In the centre of the shot floats a solitary ship. A gull flies by, briefly blocking the view. The wailing of a siren starts, invading the gentle sound of lapping waters and gull-calls. The siren goes on for a few more seconds and then the earlier speaker's voice is heard speaking to what is presumably a radio out of frame. "Are we set? Okay. On my mark, fire cell 1/70... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1-- --Fire. Fire. Fire." The scene cuts to another camera's view on board the distant ship. It shows the forecastle deck, where a large grid of square hatches is mounted. One hisses open robotically. Then a geyser, towering like a white-hot pillar of flame erupts centre-frame. A millisecond later, a large cylindrical shape leaps out of the tube streaking by in a millisecond glimpse, its trailing jet of fire roaring as it floods the frame with smoke. The scene cuts back, far away, to the distant observer's perspective, an arcing trail of smoke, lead by a meteoric ball of fire draws a bow across the sky. The earlier voice comes on again. "Looks good so far. On my marks, fire in sequence, cell 2/70 and 3/70... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1-- --Fire-2... Fire-3" Another eruption from the distant ship, followed in short measure by a third, following the trail left by the first. A short pause. "Great. Remark for future notes: testing ME-DE 1 with TAD Type 98 supersonic booster has proven good result on this fifth test. Consistent data all around, missiles clocking in about Mach 2.8, recommend we test with the Type 99S for greater velocity. Vectors are good, rate of climb on average is [|||||||||||||||||||], and average maximal range at [|||||||||||||||||] all with the 180 kg payload... Also note that cell temperature is reading in excess of [|||||] centigrade. Recommend widened uptake and plenum cavities for better venting of exhaust--possibly with assistance of fume extractors and cameral evacuators. End notes" The scene cuts to black. "Alright, we are now testing ME-DE 1 in the selective fire, subsonic sea-skim mode." The wailing siren cuts in again, droning for a few seconds. "FC ready? Swell. Okay, on my mark--fire mode 2, cell 67/70... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1-- Fire. Fire. Fire." Again, a pillar of flame erupts from the bow-- --but it stalls, quickly cutting out. "What's that?--Mér! Flush the t--" A singular tower of fire, easily thrice the length of the first, bursts from the bow, propelling a what looks to be most of the missile into the air, before it sputters and falls parabolically. "Did the gas failsafe kick it? Are we clea--" Before the speaker finishes the sentence, several more towers of fire erupt--followed immediately by a sudden, large but strangely silent bloom of smoke about the size of a Good Annum advertising balloon. The monstrous puff of black and incandescent yellow is seen even before a thunderclap of a single ear-shattering explosion followed by the shockwave several objects breaking the sound barrier passes like a forcefield, knocking the camera down and sideways on the floor--revealing several people crouched or lying belly-down on the deck. The wave causes the ship the camera is mounted on to bob precariously. "sh*t-sh*t f*ck sh*t", the speaker, now shown to be a man in his early 50's with a pair of sunglasses hanging askew from his face gets up from the ground and dusts himself off. "Saaaaaanté Pater...", he moans, standing with his arms clutching his temples. He stares silently at the scene in the background, the ship in the distance is now suffering a serious list and now sports a merrily crackling inferno on its forecastle. The man turns and sees the fallen camera. Damn it, Manuel! Pick the camera up! You have like one job. One. The explosion better f*cking be on that drive you protozoan flagellate! The scene cuts to black. --- Picture changes to the earlier speaker, now sitting on a chair centre frame. He wears a plain white long-sleeved shirt, slightly scuffed and is smoking a half-corona. Behind him, a black backdrop sheet flutters from an unseen ventilation source. His hair, a salt and pepper grey, looks to have been blown back by the force of a powerful wind tunnel. He takes a long drag of the cigar before speaking. His eyes are ever so slightly unfocused and not directly zeroed on the camera lens "AAR on ME-DE Project Test 10-0012. Initial results on mode 1 firing were favourable. Refer to previous comments on test footage. Results on firing mode 2...", he trails off, taking another long drag. He exhales a particularly large bloom of smoke before continuing. "Results of firing mode 2, ME-DE 1 in the subsonic sea-skimming mode were catastrophic, to say in the very least. Hot-launch system proved effective for mode 1, and not at all for mode 2. For context, ME-DE is designed as a two-stage selective fire device--mode 1, as seen in successful tests earlier fires the entire device, kill-vehicle and booster, under its own fuel and power out of the T-2000 70-cell Vertical Launch System. Mode 2, on the other hand was designed to fire only the kill-vehicle, leaving the bottom booster behind inside the tube for later re-assembly and re-use, drastically offsetting the cost of eliminating a surface combatant while also ensuring that a swing-purpose inventory of standardised missiles is available for a single vessel without having to compromise combat effectiveness in the stocking different specialised long-range Anti-Air and Anti-Ship missiles." "Suffice to say the test ship, the VRI Pinata, an unmanned vessel remotely controlled from our position on the VRI Tostito suffered catastrophic damage." Indistinct muttering. "Fail-safes for mode 2 firing were in place and thought to be sufficient. Secondary venting channels for exhaust were installed. The coupling separating the booster and kill-vehicle was heat shielded. Suffice to say... those measures will not stop a rocket motor from igniting roughly 500 kilos of solid rocket fuel placed almost directly underneath something that dumps about 2,000 degrees centigrade of heat on top of highly-combustible material." Pause. "Yeah. Well, it worked in earlier tests, okay!" Sighing noise. Another drag and exhale of smoke. "Team did not calculate heat build up in plenum and pressure was significantly underestimated. Fractures in cell walls and uptake walls caused test units in tubes 69, 70, and 66 to ignite. Magazine explosion was... Unavoidable. Extra measures were taken to prevent such a scenario, a gas generator was installed in hopes of venting at-risk cells of munitions in such an event--this worked with cell 67, but not the rest as the single generator could not void multiple cells at once." "Recommendation: As project head, I strongly suggest looking into cold-launch or hybrid launch options for the T-2000 VLS systems before testing on ME-DE 1 units can be continued. Missile performance is otherwise expected, and may surpass flight range, maximal velocities, and accuracy given some minor adjustments..." "Alright, Manuel. Cut it." "Is it off?" "Alright. As far as everyone here is concerned, the ship was certainly unmanned and remotely controlled okay? We just stick to our stories and everything. Will. Be. Fine." Mumbling from a speaker off-frame. "What? Oh, just tell them the deaths were caused by a training accident... Or something. Be creative dammit!" ... "Hey... What's that red light?" End Playback. --- OOC Explanation: topical in the RP entry is the "ME-DE Missile" meaning, "Missile Estandarde-Distancia Extendé". An early effort at creating a missile that could accept a standardised components set. As you can infer from the above RP, early development was over-ambitious, trying to create a two-stage variable missile that could act as anti-missile and anti-ship in a respective firing mode. As such as missile is unrealistic and currently far-out of Eurth's meta, it remains a sorry prototype in the RAS's long list of failures. One good thing that came out of this however, was that the components set created for the ME-DE was still viable for a successor prototype to use--the ME-DE "Calibre" series. This prototype became the foundation of current Aramda vertically launched missiles. The series defining feature was that it had a centralised development of diverse systems based on a single set of parts--or that a wide array of different missile types that could be fired from the same VLS module was developed from the ME-DE's early failure. The advanced booster developed for the early ME-DE aided heavily in the development of the Iverican-Variotan "TEVRAN" missile series (Based on the Russo-Indian Brahmos) The ME-DE "Calibre" series is based on the Russian 3M-54 Kalibr