Well its been a while, but Arceas Heavy Space Industies has delivered several new vessels to the fleet to support the Ronin class Frigates and Shogun class Battleships in their quest to purge the galaxy of all evil. Lord Vega has de-clasified the existance of the brand new Volithar class Heavy Frigate, designed primarily for fleet combat against large capital ship based fleets, which some civilisations are starting to field, rather then against swarms of heavy fighters. This having been said as is standard on all current Arcean ships of war the Volithar has a hanger for fighter craft, mounted in its fore section with a sweeping entrance from the centre of the underbelly.
The Volithar is designed to compliment its cousin the Ronin's beam weapon based armament and with its mission statment of being a capital ship destroyer in mind has a primarily missile based weapons array for the bigger damage they deliver. Missile hardpoints are located on the forward hull, underneath the wing stubs and on the sides of the bow. When fleeted with Ronin class Frigates simulated senarios have proved how valuable an asset a dedicated capital ship killer (or seven) will be to Arceas Defense Force.
Shematic breakdown (pretty pictures):
Following in the footsteps of a great ship of incredible power comes the new Battle Carrier 305, pending a class name. The 305 uses the standard beam weaponry of the Arcean Defense Force Shogun class BattleShip and is of similar dimensions and tonnage, though the shape and wingspan are rather different. The 305 is designed primarily as a loan operator that clears the way for an invasion force of ADF Spacial Assault Supiriority Rangers and is equiped to deploy air and artilery support from orbit or atmosphere to these ends.
What apears to be the very unconventional layout of the hangers on the 305 with them placed on the wingtips is because the hangers are detachable from the main ship. They have sublight engines of their own which can move them when in free orbit around a planet and sophisticated command and control sensors onboard as well as crew compartments, stores and ofcourse the fighters bombers and transports required for a continued presence in a system. This system is superb for when the 305 is called to an engagment as often happens in the heat of war and a continued presence is needed at the planet in order to keep it subdued until troops arive, support troops, garison a planet or keep an eye on whats happening. The unique system provides nearly unlimited flexibility in combat situations, ground support, defensive rolls and ambushs, giving the 305 and ADF a competitive edge over her rivals in system.
The 305 isnt a pushover in its weapons setup either, no less then eight capital grade batteries stand ready to destroy an enemy on cue, firing with 5% more power then the slightly older Shoguns due to a slightly larger fusion core at the heart of the 305. An untold number of point defence lasers cover all aspects of her hull from fighter attack as well as the fighter squadrons own efforts.
Modular hanger's, a close up:
Ignore the Terran flags, just booted up a battle of the gods to get some pictures!
With these new additions to the Arcean Fleet supremacy into the next era of space warfare is once again asured and we will continue to prosper as a civilisation and explore the galaxy for the good of all. Ship design has reached new levels of quality as new parts and ways of doing things are experimented with and trialed. The future is looking very bright!