This is a new meta-OXP containing the following of my older OXPs:
It supercedes and updates those OXPs. If you have any of them installed, please remove them and install Armoury instead.
In addition the following new items are included in the Armoury OXP:
The Ships Weapons Department of the Aquarian Shipbuilding Corporation would like to present an extension to the highly popular Missile Analyser equipment, the Anti-Missile System. Using identification data from the analyser, this system targets any incoming non-standard missile with one of up to six anti-missile darts stored in a hull-mounted launcher. These fire off automatically in an attempt to intercept and neutralise the incoming weapon before it can strike the ship and cause damage.
- Anti-Missile System
This is the main launcher, costing 8,000Cr and available from tech level 10 or higher planets. It is hull-mounted to allow a clear fire-path all around the ship, and needs no pylon space. The initially purchased launcher comes fitted with a full compliment of six darts.
- Anti-Missile Dart
These darts are available from any stockist of the main system, and are sold bundled to refill the launcher to its full capacity. They cost 500Cr each.
For those commanders wishing to change ship, the launcher is removable at a suitably advanced system (tech level 7 or higher) for the small fee of 500Cr, although a good second-hand price is creditted for the launcher and any remaining darts in it.
The latest development from the labs of the Aquarian Shipbuilding Corporation, building on their success with the Drones series of robot fighters. They have now succeeded in directly reprogramming alien Thargon fighters, allowing their useage by any ship.
The control unit mounts on a ships weapons pylon, and is triggered in the usual way. When the system is activated the linked reprogrammed Thargon robot fighters deploy and seek out any hostile or alien targets in range and ruthlessly engage them. Once combat has concluded, any remaining fighters return to their mother ship for collection using the fuel scoops.
This upgrade is available from any system of tech level 12 or above, and requires an empty weapons pylon and fuel scoops fitted to the ship. Any Thargons lost or destroyed can be replaced at a similar tech level location.
Please note that this item does not allow control over normal Thargons, which will remain hostile to anything non-Thargoid in nature. Whilst every effort has been made in their reprogramming, glitches cannot be entirely ruled out, and the responsibility for any kills made by the fighters remains firmly with the purchaser.
As these ships are robotic in nature, any kills and ensuing bounty they earn is also accredited to their legal owner and their craft.
After a bruising large-scale encounter with a Thargoid fleet, the Aquarian Shipbuilding Corporation's ships weapons division heads decided that an answer was needed to the threat posed by Tharglet robot fighters. Using some captured examples, some missiles, know-how and a couple of trumbles (they had to work late and missed dinner), the dedicated backroom boys have produced two standard civilian drones, plus a special Galcop variant especially designed for the next encounter with the Thargoids.
- Combat Drone
This is the standard model drone, pylon mounted and launched via a special cannister launcher. Interacting with the launching ships targetting computers, it seeks out targets hostile to the mothership and attacks them using its in-built beam laser.
It will carry on seeking out and harassing hostile targets (and drawing their fire) until either it is destroyed, runs out of fuel or no targets remain. In the latter two cases the drone goes inactive and can then be fuel-scooped (where fitted) like any other cargo, and if damage is light it can be refuelled and used again.
- Kamikaze Drone
A variant on the Combat Drone, this equipment features a light yield warhead, with the decision to use it being under the control of the drones systems. Designed to be more deadly to its primary target, it is of course at the expense of being reusable if the warhead is deployed.
Aside from this it works in exactly the same way as a standard Combat Drone in terms of pick-up and reusage.
- Anti-Thargoid Drone
Especially commissioned by Galcop, but with the current levels of threat made more generally available, this variant is designed especially to fight Thargoid vessels. It has an enhanced military-grade laser and fuel mix for extended range. The drones targetting computers are especially programmed to seek out and target any Thargoid vessel, and will ignore any other ship type.
As with the other drones, if it survives its alien encounter, it can be scooped and if sufficiently undamaged, refuelled and reused.
- Tracker Missile:
A special interceptor missile which does no damage, but instead deploys a cloud of nanoscale tracking beacons. These can be detected via an advanced space compass (which must be fitted for the missile to be available for purchase) anywhere in the system.
Available from tech level 6 at a cost of 500cr each.
- Displacer Missile
A new experimental piece of equipment which uses synchronised quirium resonance to induce a short-range witchspace jump in the target vessel, moving it a random distance away from its current location (but leaving it otherwise undamaged unless it hits something on arrival). Is only effective against ships which are powered and have witchspace fuel.
Available from tech level 4 at a cost of 400cr each.
- Kicker Missile
A non-lethal missile which is designed to give a high-velocity kick to any ship which it detonates against. Depending on the mass and thrust of the target, this can be enough to send it out of scanner range.
Available from tech level 8 at a cost of 800cr each.
- Cutpurse Missile
An illegal hack based on a standard missile which carries no explosive warhead. Instead it has a small limpet mine transmitter, which attaches onto the target ship and attempts to interface with the ships system (which can take a few seconds). If successful it triggers the ships emergency cargo dumping routine.
This missile is illegal to sell or purchase in any Galcop station and its use is seen as an act of piracy by police vessels.
Available from tech level 8 at a cost of 800cr each.
- Field Missile
An ECM-hardened missile which scatters several mini-mines upon detonation. These proximity weapons will detonate on close contact, causing additional damage to any craft in the vicinity as well as any survivors of the original missile strike.
Available from tech level 6 at a cost of 1000cr each.
- Probe Missile
A special collaboration between the Aquarian Shipbuilding Corporation's ships weapons and equipment divisions has led to a special one-off item widely requested by a number of parties, the Probe missile.
Usage - This useful device flies for 100km directly away from the launching ship in the direction it is facing, and performs a scan at the half-way point of its journey and on arrival. Details of what it finds are radioed back to the launch ship in each case, and the missile then about-faces and returns to its launcher for pick-up and reuse (via the normal fuel scooping method).
The Ships Weapons Department of the Aquarian Shipbuilding Corporation would like to present their latest item, the mini-missile rack. With the increase in frequency of combat with the Thargoids and the rise of pirate activity, many commanders are finding their old trusty ships less capable due to the limited amount of missiles that can be carried.
- Missile Rack (Std)
A rack of three standard miniaturised missiles. These have lower yield, range and speed than standard missiles, but are otherwise usable as standard weaponry. Once the rack is emptied, it is automatically ejected from the pylon and will self destruct once it reaches a safe distance from the ship.
- Missile Rack (Hard)
Similar to a standard rack, but the three missiles are ECM-hardened.
- Interceptor Missile Rack
Similar to a standard rack, but containing three interceptor anti-missile missiles.
A special system mounted in the ships cargo hold, with an auto-mount feed system to one of the ships weapon pylons. When fed 1 ton of radioactives and 1 ton of alloys from your cargo hold plus a little ships fuel, in a short time the machine can produce up to three standard-grade missiles. The optional addition of 1 ton of computers (if they are available the machine will use them) allows better and more complex control circuitry making the missiles hardened against ECM.
Production can go on as long as there is suitable cargo in the ships hold and pylons available to accept the missiles (if there are less than three available less missiles will be produced). The only time production is not possible is when docked for maintenance crew safety.
- Interdictor Mine
- Screamer Mine
An anti-Thargoid armoured mine, which induces nausia and disorientation in their neurological pathways at a range of up to 25km. As a result when launched and activated it tends to induce them to forget their current target and attack it, drawing fire and creating a useful diversion.
Available from tech level 9 at a cost of 1000cr each.
Bombs and Mines
After the discussions concerning the trunk energy bomb (and it's impending removal), I thought it may be worth playing around with a few new bombs which could be used as replacements. All are pylon mounted due to the current limitations on keyboard triggering of OXP equipment, and all can also be carried by NPCs (currently with low probability and Uni bomb set not to be an instant-killer for the player ship).
- Buzz bomb - the base version of the weaponry. Consists of a special energy emitter mounted on the pylon and linked to the ships energy banks. On triggering it sets off an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) through the ships shield emitters. The energy drained from the ships energy banks is amplified and transmitted, causing damage to any powered ship in scanner range (cargo pods and asteroids are unaffected). Damage inflicted depends on proximity to the bomb and the energy supplied to the emitter (which is destroyed in the process of firing). Failsafes are included to prevent the bomb causing damage to the carrier ship itself, and also to ensure that at least one full energy bank is left after detonation (the bomb has a small built-in energy reserve of its own which is added to the energy drawn from the ship if available). Due to technological differences these bombs have been reported to be less effective against alien technology.
- Bug bomb - a variant on the buzz bomb, tuned especially to be damaging to alien technology, at the expense of some potency against normal targets.
- Stun bomb - another variant, tuned to affect ships systems, especially flight control and pilot interfacing. In practice tends to leave the target ship helplessly spinning in space for a short period of time. When used against a player craft it causes the ship to tumble into a new random orientation.
- Uni bomb - the final variant, tuned to resonance with the active Quirium in the targets engines and energy systems. In practice this tends to overload them and cause catastrophic and explosive failure. To prevent a negative impact to the gaming experience, when used against the player this bomb just causes severe energy loss.
- Interdictor Mine - classified Galcop munition for pirate and large-scale fleet passivation. It is an offense for non-Galcop ships to utilise such weaponry.
- Screamer Mine - special anti-Thargoid weapon which induces disorientation and nausia in them at a range of up to 25km. This infuriates and distracts them so much that they usually target the mine, useful in drawing alien fire and causing a diversion.
- Void Bomb - a small singuarity kept in statis until the bomb detonates, at which point it is released and grows in size. This is a high-density entity which attracts all things within scanner range, and damages them on contact. It lasts for a short period of time until it has consumed all local matter, at which point it collapses.
- Decoy Mine - a modified cargo pod containing several warship-class Thargoid fake mylar balloons produced by Ganelon Inc. These expand on launch and simulate alien vessels, causing a distraction and allowing the launcher to slip away or press the attack.
This OXP requires at least version 1.80 of Oolite. The Anti-Missile System requires the Missile Analyser OXP.
Armoury 1.15 (0 downloads).
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