Bravo Team testing terminalEdit
Fort Strong U.S. Army Depot
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Bravo Team M42 Report 001Edit
Things are getting tough around here. Brock has decided to split our men into two teams. I drew one of the short draws, so I ended up on the M42 "Fat Man" Launcher team while most of my buddies are sitting pretty upstairs with the T-51B suits. I can't even begin to describe what a ridiculous idea the M42 is - a man-portable mini-nuke thrower that a trooper in the field is supposed to deploy at close range. I've been pouring over the schematics and I have no idea how were going to get this thing to throw a warhead far enough not to kill the soldier unlucky enough to be stuck with these deathtraps.
Bravo Team M42 Report 002Edit
We've stripped the warhead weight down as much as possible, but I think we're looking at this the wrong way. Instead of trying to reduce the warhead weight, we should try and amp the power on the thrower itself. I know that means adding weight to an already heavy piece of ordinance, but I don't think we have any choice. One of the guys suggested we try magnetics to push the warhead through like a rail gun, but the power pack would need to be the size of a suitcase. I'll keep picking away at this problem and see what I can turn up.
Bravo Team M42 Report 003Edit
We lost two good soldiers this morning. They were on the surface testing aMIRV variant of the launcher, when one of the warheads misfired and hit the ground right where they were standing. Poor bastards didn't even have a chance. We couldn't even find any remains to send home to their folks, so Brock told us to just fill some cans with sand. I'll tell you, that guy doesn't give a crap about us, he's just worried about the brass back in Washington giving him a hard time.
Bravo Team M42 Report 004Edit
I was in bed last night when I had one of those "Eureka" moments. I ran over to the night shift guys in the lab, swept away all of their drawings on the floor and startingsketching my idea. They must have thought I'd lost my mind. Six hours and about fourteen cups of coffee later, and I had it all mapped out. We'd use a small sub-charge as a launching catalyst to catapult the warhead from the launcher. We'd have plenty of range, and the sub-charge could be build into the warhead itself. Brock seemed to like the plan and gave us the go ahead to prototype the device. I can't wait to try it out.
Bravo Team M42 Report 005Edit
It took the better part of a year, and over a hundred test firings, but the M42 is ready to shippedout into the field. I can't believe I spent over a year on this single project. I feel pretty good knowing we're delivering a well-tested weapon to our own guys fighting oversees. Now that it's over, I suppose Brock will move us on to something else, but for now I'm going to spend the rest of the month packing up these warheads to ship off base.
General Brock's terminalEdit
Fort Strong U.S. Army Depot
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General Brock's Report - June 2075Edit
As of today, command of Fort Strong has passed to me. I am looking forward to helping the U.S. Army test some itsexperimental weapon systems at our facility. I've already had the men preparing the island for testing operations by tearing down the old barracks and constructing a simulated town. Since we'll be fighting the enemy on an urban front, I think the best way to test these weapons is by seeing how well they punch through civilian structures.
General Brock's Report - September 2075Edit
We've been testing the new batch of T-51B Power Armor suits that the Army Corps of Engineers just rolled off the assembly line. I'm impressed with the amount of protection they afford our soldiers, yet allow them a great deal of mobility. I've noticed that the soldiers are still having trouble jumping in these things - because of the suit's weight, they often tip over on hard landings. I've had the maintenance boys look at it and they're suggesting adding a gyroscope and shock absorbers to the lower torso. I'll pass it up the chain and see if I can get Washington to spend the extra money it'll cost for the modification.
General Brock's Report - February 2076Edit
Things are starting to heat up overseas, so Washington is pushing us to cut our project turnaround times in half. I told them that would be dangerous, but it seems like we don't have much of a choice. I've decided to split my staff into Alpha Team and Bravo Team so we can work on two projects at the same time. The manpower will be reduced, but I'm convinced that we'll still be able to maintain our new schedule. I'm going to put Alpha Team on the Power Armor and Bravo on the new M42 "Fat Man" Launchers.
General Brock's Report - June 2076Edit
Alpha Team just shipped out the first batch of T-51B suits to the front in China. Reports are already coming in that the suits are preforming better than expected, chewing through enemy tanks and armor like they were paper. Word has it that some of the enemy troops are even surrendering when they catch sight of the Power Armor troops hauling their 5mm Miniguns. Looks like Alpha Team has earned themselves a weekend pass in Boston.
General Brock's Report - December 2076Edit
Brave Team is having a heck of a time getting the M42's not to shoot far enough away from its firing position. The problem is that the warhead is still too heavy to fire the distance required - our simulated soldiers are still soaking far too many rads and suffering blast burns. One of the technicians has suggested a radical idea of using a conventional depleting sub-charge to catapult the round rapidly out of the launcher. His calculations look sound, so I am going to let him give it a try.
General Brock's Report - September 2077Edit
After a few design setbacks, and the loss of one of our testing squads, we've finally perfected the M42 Launcher's firing mechanism. Washington has been riding me to wrap this project up, but with a weapon this potent I was inclined to take my time. We've sent the launchers ahead to the supply yard in Mississippi, and we're just waiting for the go ahead to ship the warheads wherever they need to go. Hopefully, we can get those nukes out of here before the month is out. I don't feel comfortable sleeping twenty feet above enough nukes to reduce this island to ash.