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Stephen also suggested another device to be used by the Alliance. A field effect weapon to stop Battlejumpers using hyperdrive.

In essence this sounds fairly straight forward.

GM hyperdrives discharge their hyperdrive virtual mass and charge buildups in high field areas of gravitation or electromagnetic forces. In general this would be close to a planetary body of significant mass.

However the technology to develop a discharge system without such a natural source has been explored forquite some time by those races using GM hyperdrives.

Fortunately disrupting the hypershunts fields are easier than causing a consistant external field to discharge from.

Nuclear devices cause such temporary disruptions if detonated nearby. Strong EM fields of interstellar ramjet systems can also help.

Fortunately Battlejumpers have a technical fault relating to their center of mass. Putting a large mass in close proximity (ie within the shunts hyperdrive field) with move the center of mass within the field and cause the shunt to become inoperable.

Using a virtual positive mass generator similar to Stotatl Agrav technology could achieve this effective. Gravitational waves from a vibrating neutronium mass, or alterations based on an overloaded hyperdrive shunt could cause all the disturbances required.

However the systems developed to target the flaw in Battlejumper shunts or more generally against GM drive do not work against conventional (or Andorian) drives in use by Mech vessels.

However a broader target involving a ship in close proximity with an active hypershunt field will interfer with any nearby vessels when active fields intersect.

I do support Stephen’s concept, and have thought around some simply solutions to create such a tactic. Stepehn will have to work a bit more on developing his concept. I’ll try to put into concrete more of the concepts behind hyperdrives, their flaws and other technologic principles that are known that could be redeveloped into a weapon system.

However viability of such systems will be interesting to analyse.

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