We’re here with veteran CSE weapons engineer Robert Davis. He’s going to show us some of the interesting details of the S/M-9 Mounted Heavy Machine Gun.
“Hi! Glad to be here today.”
“So… what were some of the challenges that went into making the S/M-9?”
“Well, the first problem we encountered was the housing for the barrels and the internal mechanics. We had some problems packing all the stuff we wanted into the tight space we were working with.”
“What were some of the things you had to leave out?”
“Mostly extra stuff. We were thinking about an integrated laser sight, maybe a grenade launcher version, but we ran out of space.”
“Too bad. Tell us more about the housing, Robert.”
“Well the housing is made of your standard CSE TiAlloy. That’s what we engineers call it. It’s short for titanium alloy. I can’t tell you its composition, but it’s very tough.”
“What does the housing above the mount do?”
“You see, that serves as armor plating mostly. It protects the operator. In the back though is the radar broadcaster that informs any nearby CSE AIs about what’s going on.”
“You said something about broadcasting information to nearby AIs?”
“Yeah. Down on this mount, we mounted a small camera. Now the mounting itself is designed to be motor assisted...”
“Yeah, so the operator doesn’t have to do all the turning. The entire gun weighs nearly 70 kilograms.”
“Ah. Continue please.”
“Well anyway, this camera lets nearby CSE AIs see what’s going on. They can use the radio broadcaster/receiver to take control of the gun.”
“Nice. But since AIs can control the guns, why make them human operable at all?”
“Well, you can’t always have the guns near enough to a base to be controlled by AIs. The AIs take up a lot of room.”
“Well, thanks for sharing Robert!”
“Well, that was quite interesting! Tune in next time for another episode of CSE Tech!”
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