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PIG
M78 PIG
Production information
Model

M5

Type

Phased-plasma gun

Technical specifications
Size

Length

  • 140 cm
Feed System
  • 30-round feed
Ammunition
  • 60mm rocket
Range
  • 2,000 meters maximum
  • 400 meters effective
Usage
Era(s)

Late 22nd century

Affiliation

USCM
Weyland-Yutani

  [Source]
The M78 Phased-Plasma Infantry Gun (PIG) is an man-portable anti-armor weapon used by the United States Colonial Marine Corps that employs a vaporized plasma laser to burn through armor.[1]

OverviewEdit

The M78 consists of two parts: the launcher and its power pack, which together weigh 15.2 kg. The gun itself is a 15 mW phased-plasma system that fires vaporized cadmium telluride pellets from a 30-round feed.[1] The fast-discharge system powering the gun's laser and magnetic coil is fed from a 4 mW hydrogen fuel cell in the power pack. The firing cycle takes 3 seconds, most of which time is taken up by the powering up of the discharge generator.[1]

The weapon's penetrating power is considerable, and it is claimed to be able to breach the flank armor of a heavy tank at 1,000m.[2] However, many Marines show disdain for the weapon's considerable weight, and prefer the more conventional M5 RPG despite its reduced anti-armor capabilities.[1]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lee Brimmicombe-Wood (1996). Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual. HarperPrism, 77. 
  2. Lee Brimmicombe-Wood (1996). Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual. HarperPrism, 78. 

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