2019/02/14

Combat Frame Data: XCD-102


XCD-102 Emancipator

XCD-102

Technical Data

Model number: XCD-102
Code name: Emancipator
Nickname: N/A
Classification: transformable attack-use combat frame
Manufacturer: Browning Engineering Corporation
Operator: HALO
First deployment: CY 40
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in head
Height: 19 meters
Weight: 105 metric tons
Armor type: “1D” carbyne laminar armor
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 2950 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 5x 16,800 kg, 2x 32,600 kg, 4x 35,200 kg; top speed 3240 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 26, 180° turn time 0.80 seconds; legs: top ground speed 194 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted in head; Vercingetorix laser targeting system
Fixed armaments: x2 plasma cannon, power rated at 1.3 MW, mounted on skirt armor, detach to form plasma carbines, hand-carried in use, barrels detach to form plasma swords rated at 0.45 MW, hand-carried in use; x2 30mm Vulcan cannon, mounted in chest
Special equipment: A.I. operating system, transformation capability

Fighter configuration

XCD-102 fighter config


Length: 17 meters, wingspan 16.70 meters
Weight: 105 metric tons
Armor type: “1D” carbyne laminar armor
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 2950 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 5x 16,800 kg, 2x 32,600 kg, 4x 35,200 kg, 2x 25,000kg; top speed 4212 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 26
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted in cockpit canopy; Vercingetorix laser targeting system
Fixed armaments: x2 plasma cannon, power rated at 1.3 MW, mounted under wings; x2 30mm Vulcan cannon, mounted in nose


General Notes

One of four XSeed-class combat frames repurposed from Project S designs and sent to Earth to fight the Coalition, the XCD-102 Emancipator combined the XCF-08D-1 Dead Drop's versatility and the HVRJ-2 Thor Prototype's transforming ability while boasting speed in excess of both.

As a combat frame, the Emancipator was more lightly armed than its fellow XSeeds. But what it lacked in raw firepower, it made up for in adaptability. The two plasma cannons at its hips could detach to form hand-carried plasma carbines, and these weapons' barrels could in turn separate to form a pair of plasma swords. A pair of fire-linked Vulcan cannons carried over from the unit's air frame ancestry rounded out is weaponry for occasions when energy weapons were uncalled for.

In its fighter configuration, the XCD-102 could achieve a higher top speed than any previous aircraft in its general class. Its carbyne construction allowed it to maintain those speeds indefinitely. Furthermore, the Emancipator was capable of unassisted atmospheric entry from space. This feature in particular made it the designated backup unit in case the XCD-101 Ezekiel couldn't fulfill its role as the Vercingetorix targeting module.

Unlike the XCD-001-1 and its two variants, the Emancipator could power its weapons directly from its reactor or from its onboard capacitor. 33 percent of any energy weapon hit was absorbed through the XCD-102's armor and stored in the capacitor. Stored energy could be discharged by firing Emancipator's plasma weapons or via a tight beam laser transmission that was all but undetectable to anything the beam wasn't directly aimed at. This system allowed the XCD-102 to take direct plasma hits and send a significant portion of each attack right back at the enemy. It also remained invisible to radar and thermal sensors as long as the capacitor had room to absorb energy.

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10 comments:

  1. Blog theme note: The black text you have for the first half of things is terrible against the dark gray background. I can't read it. This goes for links that have been followed, but I haven't mentioned it until now.

    Other than that, neat! We now have a Megatron CF!

    Is the next one going to be Starscream or Optimus Prime?

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    1. Fixed! Sorry for the inconvenience.

      Gun Megatron is the only Megatron.

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    2. Huh. What's the plane transformer then?

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    3. Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker.

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    4. Were I able, I'd edit my first comment, then.

      I have failed me for the last time!

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    5. And the new gray for followed links is much more readable! Thank you!

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    6. Thank you for pointing out the issue. I thrive on constructive feedback, and I live to please my readers!

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  2. Just made an important addition I forgot the first time. it's the new final paragraph under General Notes.

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  3. Relatedly, I'm now about a quarter through Combat Frame XSeed and damn this is good stuff. I'm enjoying this even more than the Soul Cycle.

    Already dropped some onto the sequel campaign.

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    1. Many thanks! I'm delighted you're enjoying my work.

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