Weapons: ASP 30mm Cannon

Version 1.1

The ASP was a 30mm cannon designed to fit any mounting that will take a .50 BHMG including the M3 ground tripod. The weapon is actually lighter than most 20mm and 25mm cannon. The ASP uses the same ADEN/DEFA 30x113B ammunition as the M230 Chain Gun fitted to the AH-64 Apache helicopter. These rounds were found to be capable of penetrating the rear turret-armour of a T-72 tank.
Despite its impressive capabilities and potential, orders for the ASP were not forthcoming. One is inclined to suspect that certain officers did not like the idea of HMMWVs and M113s outgunning Bradley IFVs!
The ASP obviously had considerable potential as an armament for light vehicles or even cybershells. It was also an excellent weapon for countering such targets too. THS-era production techniques such as minifactories and 3D printing allowed the ASP design to be recreated.

The THS-era ASP cannon is a shade lighter than the original (90 lb). The main difference is that the muzzle now incorporates a device to program the rounds as they are fired, allowing them to be airburst. This is used with a computerized targeting system that includes a laser range-finder (adjust Acc accordingly). Homing ammunition, using the same seeker heads as 30mm mini-missiles, is also available. Standard combat round for the ASP was the M789 HEDP round. Other ammunition types, such as the M799 HEI are also available. New THS-era explosive formulations make these rounds even more deadly.
The ASP is belt-fed and usually uses 50-round belt sections. Muzzle velocity is 900 yds/sec. Treat time of flight for homing rounds as 600 yds/sec.
WeaponDamageAccRange (yards)RoFEmpty Mass (lb)WPS (lb)VPS (cu ft)CPSPowerNotes
ASP 30mm HEDP 1989
follow up
6d x 3(10) pi++ plus
3d[2d] cr ex
HEMP 2100

follow up
6d x 3(10) pi++ plus
5d[2d] cr ex
Explosive damage is also incendiary.
[1] THS-era ammunition has increased concussion damage due to the use of improved explosives. Ammunition is homing/laser-homing/gestalt and stabilized and has programmable-fusing, switchable tracer and airburst capability as standard.