Combat Frame Data: CF-015

CF-015 Zwei Dolph



CF-015 Zwei Dolph

Technical Data
Model number: CF-015
Code name: Zwei Dolph
Nickname: Dolph
Classification: mass production, energy weapon optimized combat frame
Manufacturer: Seed Corporation
Operator: Systems Overterrestrial Coalition
First deployment: CY 1
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest
Height: 19.2 meters
Weight: Dry weight 40 metric tons, full weight 50 metric tons
Armor type: titanium alloy/aeorgraphene/ceramic composite
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 1342 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 2x 40,000 kg, 2x 31,750 kg, 2x 23,500 kg; top speed 1728 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 15, 180° turn time 0.95 seconds; legs: top ground speed 185 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted behind visor in head
Fixed armaments: Plasma sword, power rated at 0.40 MW, stored in recharge rack on back, hand-carried in use.
Hand armaments: Dolph 2 plasma rifle, power rated at 1.5 MW, 10 shots per magazine; shield, attaches to left forearm
General Notes
Ordered to roll out an energy weapon-compatible combat frame ASAP, Seed Corp head engineer Tesla Browning rushed the CF-014 Ein Dolph into production. Though the Ein Dolph far outclassed all contemporary CFs, Browning was acutely aware of the unit’s flaws. He continued his research into further refining technology copied from Zane Dellister’s XCF-08D-1 Dead Drop during the Ein Dolph design process. As a result, plans for the CF-014’s successor were finalized before the first Dolph rolled off the assembly line. Browning considered the resulting CF-015 Zwei Dolph his true mass-produced version of the XCF-08D-1.

Despite the Ein Dolph’s impressive field trial scores, Browning considered the CF-014 something of a glass cannon. The first Dolph plasma rifle, though powerful, suffered from a dearth of ammunition. The grenade launcher affixed to the rifle as a stopgap measure proved less effective than the standard 115mm Grento machine gun. Simulations also revealed critical gaps in the Ein Dolph’s defenses.

Browning adopted a two-pronged approach to address these shortcomings. First, he addressed the Ein Dolph’s offensive limitations by equipping the Zwei Dolph with a dedicated version of Dellister’s plasma sword. Thanks to refinements in capacitor technology, Browning was also able to produce a second-generation Dolph rifle whose output equaled Dead Drop’s plasma cannon while boasting greater ammo capacity. These improvements obviated the rather awkward grenade launcher.

Second, Browning enhanced the Zwei Dolph’s defenses with thicker armor supplemented by a versatile, hand-carried shield. The shield featured improved insulation against energy attacks and could double as bashing weapon in close combat. Since the best way to survive a shot from a plasma weapon was to not be there when it fired, Browning gave the Zwei Dolph additional drive and maneuvering thrusters fed by a more powerful reactor.

The Zwei Dolph’s first deployment came late in the CY 1 conflict. A handful of elite Coalition pilots received Zwei Dolph prototypes before the official rollout, and their outright spectacular combat victories served as chilling hints of what might have been had Sanzen heeded Browning’s advice to pass over the Ein Dolph and fast-track Zwei Dolph development.

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