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The Akatosh Class, the pinnacle of Terran achievements in starship design, is a Dreadnought warship designed to reign down hell upon its enemies utilising its fearsome weaponry. It is also the first and currently only Terran warship that was designed with the cooperation of another race, the Altarian Resistance. As a result of many years of engineered research, this Behemoth, nicknamed The Hellion, is a fearsome sight and a dreadful opponent to any potential adversary.
The ship was designed to operate with a crew of over 8000, but can accommodate over 12000 military personnel. To serve aboard such a ship within the United Space Command is an honour and a career goal for many Terran military personnel.
The Akatosh was designed purely with offensive capabilities in mind, disregarding any other role the ship might serve, other than a base of operations within deep space for general fighters on border patrol or to serve as a support role for fleet ops. Utilising its forward weaponry, which consist of several heavy Disrupter banks along with sidelined heavy Torpedo’s, Akatosh can make short work of any capital class ship or starbase for that matter.Because of this, the Akatosh excels in its role as a cap-killer, but also performs exceptionally well in orbital bombardment of hostile planets, conducting sieges against hostile starbases and providing fighter support.
However, like every ship, it has its flaws, but not necessarily design flaws at that. Due to its enormous size, coming just under 2km in length, no known current propulsion system is capable of generating a large enough warp field to initiate warp for such a ship of this size. Such a feat would require huge amounts of directed energy at the rear or centre of the ship, and Akatosh is in-capable of generating or wielding such a power source. Due to this hindsight, in which USC engineers foresaw this little problem, they decided to add massive ionised impulse engines to Akatosh, the largest and by far the most ambitious part of the Akatosh Project.
The impulse engines which is by far the most recognisable feature of the ship, was for the most part, designed with the Altarian engineer’s aid, and is one of only two parts of the ship that the Terrans needed help with. Now, when you consider a Dreadnought class ship utilising modern impulse engines for its main propulsion method, you might be forgiven for letting out a snigger...
However, the impulse drives make a worthy compromise in terms of the sheer amount of power that is allocated to the ships shields and weaponry, making it formidable in combat due to the fact that the impulse drives use a lot less power compared to other methods. Despite the drives being present, the ship still moves at a snail pace, as the impulse drives are just managing to repel the sheer mass of the ship forward, and anyone floating about at the rear of the ship is waiting for a unpleasant surprise as the amount of power created by the impulse drives would repel any ship within 500 metres on its six away, and in some cases could cause a small ship to simply break apart, such is the power of its engines.
So lacking a warp drive, only method for this Dreadnought to reach point A to point D in a respectable timeframe is for an external warp field generator, which can create a fold in space, allowing the ship to pass through. This has been tested and conducted, but creates a problem for the ship should it lose that external generator. As a result, this class of ship never leaves its home port unless it’s conducting fleet ops with an array of ships, nor is it often found without a heavy escort.
Akatosh wasn’t designed for patrols, nor was it designed for deep space travel; it was designed to give the enemy a bloody nose... And when utilised correctly, it does exactly that and more. It is also used in Home Defence and can be usually found providing watch over the most strategic locations, along with its escort. Currently, two of these beasts provide watch over Earth, with one providing support on the other side of the planet at Earth Station.
The Akatosh weaponry along with its fighter capacity is enough to make the enemy think twice about confronting this monster. It can house over 980 heavy fighters, 8 light destroyers and 4 heavy cruisers on its external ramps that are only fitted to the ship when providing docking support for cruisers and can provide refuelling ops for a half strength fleet.
It’s main weaponry are all arranged forwarded, leaving only minimal protection provided by two turret bays on its aft, thus causing the aft of the ship to be the least protected. However due to Akatosh’s role as a capital ship killer, it doesn’t need to manoeuvre much and instead relies on its escort and its own fighter’s to guard its weak points. Anything facing its forefront won’t last long under its main weaponry which was designed to take down starbases as well as super capital ships.
Akatosh’s best feature has to be its sidelined turret system, which is capable of interchanging weapon systems to allow for a variety array of weapons to be used depending on the target, a feature that no other Terran ship utilises, making Akatosh somewhat of a milestone in weapon systems.
Despite its overbearing size and the limits in which this puts the ship in, Akatosh excels beyond USC expectations in its given role, which is to act as a fleet support role, taking down capital ships, starbases, providing orbital support upon hostile planets and providing the ultimate in home defence...
And a possible deterrent to the mysterious Dread Lords...