Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. I realize that many of you were just here a week or two ago, and Europa is not the most "temperate" of colonies, but I promise that you are all here for good reason. Now, if you will all please take a seat!...
Not longer than two weeks ago, I unveiled our new crown jewel, the MN-002 Longhorn. I speak for all of us in the Elite Armed Forces when I say that this new chassis inspired awe and hope in every single one of us. Aha, I can see a few of you perked your ears at the word "chassis". Well, some of us, specifically a team of bright young minds in our RnD department, took such a liking to the new MN-002 that they decided to start toying with its peripherals. In correspondence with the way that the original MN-015 was heavily modified in multiple instances to fit niche roles on the battlefield, these engineers and physicists saw the Longhorn as not just a mech, but as a platform for specialization. In record time, they have managed to mold this great piece of technology into another beast entirely. You are all here today to see that beast climb out of its cage for the first time. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you...
The MN-053 "Rhino" Heavy Support Mech!
As you can all guess by the name, the Rhino is meant to be a supplemental asset on the battlefield. Although capable of being the keystone in a detachment, the MN-053 excels in one area specifically; protecting his team. Now, you are probably all wondering how the Rhino does what it does best. The biggest modification to the Rhino is a collaboration between physicists and engineers throughout the EAF, but that small team in the RnD department I mentioned earlier put the nail in the head.
Those large pod-like structures mounted at the rear of the Rhino are a brand new generation of shield generators. These pods contain a semi-fluid structure of charged material, of which I am not at liberty to describe (and honestly, I don't know if I could even if I was allowed to). These structures maximize the volume of charge in the pods, and when the pilot so wills, the structures begin spinning inside the pods at an extremely rapid rate. This movement of charge creates current, and this current generates a magnetic field. The magnetic field produced by both of these pods is simply staggering in strength, up to 200 Tesla (that's 2 million Gauss, folks, the magnetic field of the Earth sits at about 1 Gauss) with 75% of the Rhinos power diverted to shield generation. This field is so strong, that when projectiles pass through it, the actual atoms that make up the projectile interact so strongly with the field that the bonds that held the atoms together are broken almost instantly. In short, bullets atomize as they hit the shield. Railguns, rockets, artillery, even nuclear weapons are rendered inert by this shield.
Equipped with this technology, the Rhino is capable of enveloping his team in this field, keeping them safe for a limited amount of time. On average the shield can run for about 30 seconds before the Rhino must divert power back to nominal systems in order to keep the mech running. Cameron, the pilot who volunteered to operate the Longhorn last time you were all here, has eagerly opted to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Rhino, I do believe we will be seeing a lot of him in the future! Cameron will now demonstrate this amazing new technology for us.
Along with this new shield technology, the Rhino is also outfitted with suppressive weaponry. Mounted under each wrist of the MN-053 is a 50cal rotary autocannon with a fire rate of 4800 RPM. This allows the Rhino to uproot infantry positions and destroy light vehicles with ease, as well as lay down suppressive fire for the rest of its unit.
Despite all this heavy equipment, the Rhino keeps a relatively agile frame. The same actuators and neural interfacing technology that went into the Longhorn have been carried over into the Rhino, allowing the pilot to move the mech with simple, fluid thought.
The main weapon of the Rhino, however, is its pair of 30mm Vulcan Cannons mounted on shoulder hard-points directly in front of the shield generators. With a fire rate of 480RPM each, these massive weapons can turn a heavily armored vehicle into a burning pile of scrap metal in 5 seconds flat.
Of course, as these mechs are outfitted with such a heavy armament, our Heavy troopers are in the process of being trained to pilot this platform, as they are most familiar and best equipped to handle such weapons and technology.
I'm sure you all have many questions, but I am going to have to ask you to direct them towards my lieutenant, he will be more than happy to help you...*under breath* ~wh..what?...a laser?...yes..keep them there~...Thank you all for your attention! Again, cookies are directly outside the atrium, I must say the chocolate chip ones are quite addicting. I hope to be seeing you soon! I have a feeling it wont be long...