THE ECHO PAPA 607- Independent Weapons Platform
Studies of the extinct Minosian designed Echo
Papa 607 a fully independently automated weapons reveals powerful
Warren Hoffmeister, Federation Exo-Technologist Level III
In 2364, outside the Lyrus Expanse the Federation starship, the USS
Drake (NCC-32381) disappeared while completing a geological and
bio-sciences survey of the M-class planet Minos, in the Kamchatkol system.
While there were no humanoid species on the planet during the survey,
unusual readings indicated that there was a large number of artifacts of
an advanced and presumably warp capable civilization during near ancient
times that was no longer in existence.
Our records and historical surveys developed information that the Minosians
were a warlike and highly advanced warrior society, similar to the Klingon
society today. Further, in a conflict called the Erselope Wars,
the Minosians became designers purveyors of advanced arms throughout the
region at that time (in excess of two millennia ago).
Subsequent searches for the USS Drake revealed that the ship had been
attacked by relatively small, unknown robotic vehicles with both cloaking
and particle beam capabilities, advanced shielding, in addition to sensor
and intelligence gathering capabilities. In fact, after a few of these
devices were captured, we managed to download some limited visual data of
the moments before the Drakeís complete destruction. [footage
requires sigma 9 clearance]
Upon examination we determined that the Minosians had developed this
device as a revenue source for their essentially self-centered
capitalistic driven society. During the Erselope Wars, the Misonsians
obviously traded with any group involved in the conflict regardless of
affiliations in the conflict. Apparently, the Minosians would sell the
technology to the highest bidder. The Minosians felt that the Echo Papa
represented the ultimate in small weapons systems technology.
Obviously, large tracts of the planetís surface were dedicated to
advancing the sales of these weapons systems to potential buyers. Live
demonstration of the systems obviously took place on a regular basis,
although a recent document uncovered by the Federation exo-historian Dr.
Linda Braverman indicates that the Minosians might also have enjoyed
subjecting humanoids to attacks and annihilation as a form of
entertainment and/or sport. Obviously, the Minosians had very little
respect for other humanoids, including some lower social strata of their
own species. .
In any case, the particular weapons system that attacked and destroyed
the Drake (with a loss of all 1218 crewmembers) was later identified and
several examples captured after other Star Fleet vehicles were dispatched
to search for the Drake. In fact, the Galaxy class starship Enterprise
(NCC-1701D) was almost another casualty of these powerful weapons systems.
The Minosians labeled this device in itís weapons database as the
Echo Papa 607, such designation officially adopted by Star Fleet Command
for Federation classification.
The Echo Papa is an elongated, semi-elliptical device with an
impressive range of features in one very compact and energetic system. We
have to date identified and reverse engineered the following internal
SUBMINIATURE ANTI-MATTER POWER SUPPLY
The device is powered by an incredibly compact and effective
anti-matter energy source, using about 3.6 grams of anti-matter and matter
distillate plasma which provides an estimated 2500 years of power for the
system. Further, small equivalents of Bussard collectors are mounted on
the exterior of the device to facilitate the replenishment of the
antimatter fuel supply by collecting deep space particles as the craft
soars through deep space missions.
FULL FUNCTION SENSOR PALETTE
Not unlike the Borg drone the device contains a fully functional muti-modality,
multi-spectrum sensor palette with the ability to define both tactical and
biological targets, including multi-target and tandem targeting ability.
There is also what appears to be an IFF transponder system connector on
the devices, although none of the captured Echo Papa 607 units had one on
board. This clearly shows the Minosian concept of making the devices they
manufactured applicable to any side of the local conflicts without regard
to the goals of the fighting forces involved.
In addition, the sensor palette indicates a remarkable degree of
sensitivity and intelligence gathering capabilities.
The primary effects weapon on the Echo Papa 607 is a plasma enhanced
disrupter based technology, although the amount of power in this small
device goes beyond the capabilities of any small space system weíve seen
to date. Utilizing data provided by the sensor palette and the internal
iso-linear information processor, the energy weapon can be targeted and
fired at up to six targets in a ten second time frame. This remarkable
hunting and targeting feature of the weapons system, as well as the neural
type isolinear circuitry, obviously made the Echo Papa a highly sought
after technology for the time.
Testing indicates that the weapon is effective at ranges up to about
45,000 kilometers, due to plasma dispersal issues. However, within that
range, the maximum output in excess of 1500 terrawatts makes a single Echo
Papa 607 a highly formidable adversary in a ship-to-ship firefight. When
attacking ground troops, the device is a devastatingly accurate and quick
Although we credit the Romulan Empire for the development of the
spacecraft cloaking device, itís obvious that the Minosians had
developed or exploited the technology over a millennia ago. Although it is
considerably smaller than the equivalent Romulan system, the device
apparently utilizes the same technology as the Romulan system.
The Echo Papa uses shielding technology very similar to that used by
the Federation currently. The shielding is not multi-phase, but
nonetheless, for a vehicle of this small size, the degree of protective
shielding is quite impressive, at nearly 300 gigawatts per cubic meter.
Although we have not completed our studies of the drive systems, we see
a small envelope phase-shift based warp drive, allowing the device to
attain speeds of up to warp 2.7.
ATMOSPHERIC AND DEEP SPACE CAPABLE
Our sensor studies have shown that the devise is capable of full
functionality in a wide range of environments. Once the devices learned
that the Drake was in orbit, they simply went to warp for about .5
milliseconds and attacked the Drake en masse, some systems even beaming
themselves into the interior of the Drake using short range transporter
The device represents some incredible new technology that allows a
device to not only use transporter technology to move people and things,
but to transport itself into a certain area of space. Even more
interestingly, the device is so accurate in terms of transporter targeting
that it can transport itself into corridors and access ports of a typical
Federation Starship. This is done from time-to-time with Federation
technologies, but the targeting issues are so delicate that it is only
reserved for the most severe emergencies.
Despite itís compact design, the Echo-Papa is an extremely impressive
device and formidable tactical adversary. Capable of tactical
confrontation with organic or inorganic systems, the multi-modal,
multi-role capabilities of the system make it an ideal stand alone system.
However, the AI computer system built into each Echo Papa 607 is too
advanced in terms of making itís own extrapolated or algorithmic
decisions, and the device continues to try and delete everything that does
not have the signature of the Minosian control system imbedded in it. This
difficult control override issue has resulted in the banning of this type
of weapons systems for development or use by any federation member. In the
meanwhile, we continue to make serious inroads in our attempts to resolve
that particular issue here at OutPost 070.