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Phalanx cannons are kinetic-energy weapons used for close-in defense of large ships [Pathfinder Ships, Defenders, Corvettes, Frigates] against other vessels, kinetic energy weapons, or other threats within 10,000 meters of the weapon. The Phalanx cannons are railgun weapons; relying on electromagnetic energy to hyper accelerated small projectiles. The projectiles are made of a dense composite alloy with an artificial neutronium core. [The Pathfinder Ship Pegasus once supplemented its phalanx projectiles using crystalline shards harvested from a collapsed white dwarf star. [Worlds Apart Book 11: Charlemagne]. Once activated, the Phalanx guns function autonomously, identifying, tracking, and engaging targets using their AI programming. Pathfinder Ships carry up to 64 Phalanx guns located primarily in their wingblade sections. Defenders have between 14 and 20, clustered close to the command center, engines, and weapon clusters. Corvettes and frigates have 6-10.

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