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Energy Bolt Chaingun
|Energy Bolt Chaingun|
|Hull Damage (dps)||1,400|
|Shield Damage (dps)||8,900 kJ|
|Rate of Fire||394 shots/minute|
|Projectile Speed||604 m/s|
|Max Weapon Energy||900 MJ|
|Energy Cost/Second||6 MJ/sec|
The ammunition based Energy Bolt Chaingun, or EBC, is roughly equivalent on terms of damage potential to the HEPT, and plays the similar heavy fighter/medium corvette weapon role.
 Encyclopedia Entry
This laser is used in larger weapon systems and by many small to medium fighters. The Energy Bolt Chaingun was designed by the Teladi as an ammo-based alternative to the energy-hungry HEPT and PBE. It fires "bolts" of stored energy designed to damage enemy ships as effectively as any energy or plasma based weapon, while putting less strain on the ship's generator. This weapon requires special ammunition.
Despite dealing slightly less damage per second than the ubiquitous HEPT it boasts slightly higher accuracy due to its better shot speed and frequency, more than making up for slightly inferior damage, and can even result in the EBC dealing more dps to a moving target.
Featuring 0.6km more range than the HEPT, it can be fired earlier, helping you get hits on incoming fighters before they can fire back.
Being an ammo-based weapon, it does not drain a ship's energy reserves, allowing the EBC-equipped ship to keep its non-ammo-based weapons firing for longer. Ammunition does however demand additional cargo space and logistical capacity/micromanagement, especially for significant EBC deployment given the rapidity with which ammunition is depleted.
Like most ammo based weapons the EBC is Teladian in origin. Also like any ammo-based weapon it is emphatically not recommended for OOS duty; a PAC/HEPT/IPG loadout would make a much better choice, especially in turrets. one round of OOS combat depletes an entire ammo crate as a rule.