Thanix cannon

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The Thanix cannon fires a stream molten metal -- a mix of iron, tungsten, and uranium -- that has been shaped into an armor piercing bolt. The [[mass accelerator]] propels this stream toward the target at a significant fraction of lightspeed. The heat and extended impact of the bolt make it more effective at penetrating [[kinetic barrier]]s than conventional mass accelerator slugs, and the nature of the cannon is supposed to circumvent the normal length limitations of mass accelerators.
 
The Thanix cannon fires a stream molten metal -- a mix of iron, tungsten, and uranium -- that has been shaped into an armor piercing bolt. The [[mass accelerator]] propels this stream toward the target at a significant fraction of lightspeed. The heat and extended impact of the bolt make it more effective at penetrating [[kinetic barrier]]s than conventional mass accelerator slugs, and the nature of the cannon is supposed to circumvent the normal length limitations of mass accelerators.
  
The exact firepower of the weapon isn't specified, but it is stated that a Thanix cannon mounted on a [[frigate]] or [[starfighter|fighter]] can carry the firepower of a [[cruiser]]'s mass accelerator. This presumably means it has less firepower than a [[dreadnought]]'s mass accelerator, which delivers about 38 kt of energy per shot.
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The exact firepower of the weapon isn't specified, but it is stated that a Thanix cannon mounted on a [[frigate]] or [[starfighter|fighter]] can carry the firepower of a [[cruiser]]'s mass accelerator. This presumably means it has less firepower than a [[dreadnought]]'s mass accelerator, which delivers about 38 kt of energy per shot. Assuming that a cruiser's mass accelerator is about half as long as a dreadnought's, the projectile would have 1/4 the kinetic energy, or around 10 kt, and a frigate's Thanix cannon would be comparable.
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Just two shots from the Thanix cannon mounted on the ''[[Normandy SR-2]]'' were sufficient to destroy a [[Collector cruiser]]. The Reaper weapon upon which it is based can deliver hundreds of kilotons of energy in a single shot, but it is part of a much larger warship.
 
Just two shots from the Thanix cannon mounted on the ''[[Normandy SR-2]]'' were sufficient to destroy a [[Collector cruiser]]. The Reaper weapon upon which it is based can deliver hundreds of kilotons of energy in a single shot, but it is part of a much larger warship.

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