Prior to the first wave of graduating Amaji Cadre Marines to support Hiigaran marine teams, the Kiith Amaj conducted in-depth discussions with Hiigaran veterans and other officials to prioritize on the exact expectations of viable defense force doctrines. Many concerns and issues were found at first. While the evaluations of the Amaji Cadre Marines were acceptable, if not beyond all expectations, Hiigaran officials noted that the current firearms were too weak to actively support the Hiigaran marine teams throughout the kiith. Current Amaji firearms were based on police doctrines with less-than-lethal aspects. For Amaji marines to be a desired and viable unit in a Hiigaran team, the officials drew clear lines and demands regarding their hardware.
Among the many research projects already in progress, arms manufacturers Suto Arms PDI and Arson Security Corp were tasked with tight and serious deadlines. With the end of the Hiigaran-Vaygr war and the lack of true defenses, the surge of pirate incursions upon the orbital colony vessel Providence intensified the desperation for a viable standing army. Police forces were commonly underpowered with their current assets against raiders. Although the raiders never succeeded in achieving foothold within the vast orbital city, the frequent assaults had left their marks.
Having newly trained Amaji marines without viable tools would have deemed all efforts futile as even the most elite marine would be powerless against the heavily armed raiders plaguing the floating city. To counter this serious issue, both establishments redirected their resources to so-called Duty-issue projects; the rushed development of weaponry viable for Tier2+ military units such as the Amaji Cadre Marines, with Arson Security working in tight coherence with the Suto Arms PDI. As Arson Security focused on front end developments and first lines of military carbine-arms for police forces and cadre marines, Suto Arms PDI was giving the primary task of backend production and research on automatic weapons despite their less-than-lethal agenda.
Results were not quite acceptable as Amaji SMG prototypes were frequently denied by Hiigaran officials who seriously demanded performances closely resembling to Hiigaran PDWs; rapid-fire weapons that were indeed powerful but very demanding in terms of skill and physique for Amaji.
Compensating performance with the Amaji physique was not an easy task for Suto Arms, especially due to various other desired features. Ultimately, one of the project managers of Suto Arms decided to disregard full offense mindset given by the Hiigaran officials. Although this lead to heated debates, it was Arson Security's lead scientist Urdes Nabaal to reconsider and ultimately support Suto Arms decision. Amaji, specifically the arriving wave of cadre marines, were trained to act as support units for the elite Hiigaran troops. The cadre marines themselves require actual experience and serious physical training to even wield the higher tiered weapons.
Instead, the project manager's suggestions lead to focusing on what Amaji marines have been coined for: Mobility. The average Amaji was of a smaller frame, always surpassing as ideal defensive units. Regarding the pirate threats, raising survivability had always been a key desire. Following this decision, Suto Arms dispatched preliminary plans to Arson Security; revealing truly viable way of combining three distinct aspects.
The main result was the first line of Amaji 5mm Duty-SMGs later dubbed by cadre marines as "Sue", as an homage to its developer Suto Arms. Although great skepticism was revealed by various Hiigaran marine officials, this new SMG however fulfilled the basic desires. Although limited by the standard Amaji 5mm round, the weapon was despite all its size and features surprisingly light. Its design featured an additional attachable and flexible shielding to protect its users side from enemy small arms and shrapnel; if not even capable of being used as a small shield in certain occasions. Unlike common SMGs with a limited capacity of 20 to 50 rounds, this specific one could field almost 200 rounds. The slower rate of fire still offered a steady stream of rounds, avoiding overheat surges unless consistently fired by four clips of ammunition. Lastly, the high capacity also allowed it to perform support roles similarly to the larger and clumsy Mk II LMG -- some even ignorantly calling this SMG a "Light-Light Machine Gun".
As of now, any cadre marine was now capable of acting as a fire support unit as well as a light designated marksman by the carbine-assets applied by Arson Security.
Attributes and PerformanceEdit
Amaji cadre marines favor this specific Duty SMG due to its impressive capacity its lightweight aspects along with controllable recoil. Despite its size in length, the weapon offers great mobility in any occasion. One will immediately notice the small shielding that can be extended up to the user's forearm, granting some extra protection.
Regarding the current situations, the "Sue" SMG has proved itself as a formidable standard in the hands of Amaji cadre marines. Although it is considerably weak for Hiigaran standards, seasoned marines have been able to pin down foes for extended periods. Furthermore, the weapon can resist heavy environments affects such as frost, sand and humid regions. Although such are rare in space, jamming has never been an issue.