Flechette Discharger

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Flechette Discharger on Devilfish.

Not to be confused with the Mechanicum's Flechette Blaster.

Flechette Dischargers are defensive weapons used by the T'au Empire as a reactive, single-shot weapon. It is a support system that consists of powerful clusters of reactive charges attached to the prow of the vehicle. If an enemy moves into close proximity of the vehicle, the dischargers automatically fire off clouds of high velocity flechettes which often prove to be lethal against the would-be attacker. XV107 R'varna Battlesuits are also equipped with Flechette Dischargers.

Alternatively, if the particular Pilot feels that being unable to fire these Flechettes at will is a waste, they could try out the Flechette Dispersal Pods. These are a variant of the vehicle mounted Flechette Discharger, and are equipped on XV109 Y'vahra Battlesuits. Flechette Dispersal Pods differ in that they can be triggered to fire at nearby enemies by the Battlesuit pilot, even if they are not actively assaulting the XV109.

Tl;dr, they are Tau APS (Active Protection Systems).

Weapons of the Tau Empire
Sidearms:
Directed-Energy: Pulse Pistol
Basic Weapons:
Ballistics: Kroot Rifle - Krootbow
Directed-Energy: Pulse Blaster - Pulse Carbine - Pulse Rifle
Special Weapons:
Ballistics: Kroot Bolt Thrower - Kroot Gun - Kroot Hunting Rifle - Rail Rifle
Directed-Energy: Ion Rifle - Neutron Blaster
Battlesuit
Weapons:
Ballistics: Airbursting Fragmentation Projector - Flechette Discharger - Heavy Rail Rifle - Missile Pod
Directed-Energy: Burst Cannon - Cyclic Ion Blaster - Cyclic Ion Raker - Fusion Blaster - Fusion Cascade
Fusion Collider - Heavy Burst Cannon - Phased Ion Gun - Plasma Rifle
Incendiary: Tau Flamer
Heavy Battlesuit
Weapons:
Ballistics: Fragmentation Cluster Shell Launcher - High-Yield Missile Pod
Directed-Energy: Heavy Burst Cannon - Ion Accelerator - Ionic Discharge Cannon
Long-Barrelled Burst Cannon - Pulse Submunitions Cannon
Pulse Submunitions Rifle
Incendiary: Phased Plasma Flamer
Vehicle-mounted
Weapons:
Ballistics: Railgun - Seeker Missile - Smart Missile System
Directed-Energy: Ion Cannon - Tau Plasma Cannon - Pulse Bomb Generator
Quad Ion Turret - Fusion Cannon
Super-Heavy
Weapons:
Ballistics: Cluster Rocket System - Destroyer Missile - Heavy Rail Cannon Array
Heavy Railgun - Nexus Meteor Missile System
Directed-Energy: Fusion Eradicator - Pulse Blastcannon - Pulse Driver Cannon
Pulse Ordnance Multi-Driver - Tri-Axis Ion Cannon
Ship Weapons:
Ballistics: Torpedo - Starship Railgun - Heavy Starship Railgun
Gravitic Launcher - Warsphere Missile Pod
Directed-Energy: Cutting Beam - Heavy Ion Cannon
Non-Firearm Weapons:
Melee Weapons: Bonding Knife - Equaliser - Honour Blade - Onager Gauntlet
Grenades & Explosives: EMP Grenade - Photon Grenade