AK 100 class Ketch

 Tons: 100 Td (SL Short Rnd Cylinder Hypersonic)
 Crew: 2/4
 Cargo: 25 Td (1 x Large Cargo Hatch, Handling: 1 x 54 ton)
 Volume: 1400m3
 Passengers High/Med: 0/4
 Cost: 15.97 MCr (25% Bulk Discount)
 Mass (L/C): 1118t/709t
 Passengers Low: 0
 Maintenance Points: 29
 Dimensions: 19.8m x 9.9m x 9.9m
 Troops/Science: 0/0
 Tech Level: 10 (9/10)
 Size: 8
 Frozen Watch: 0

 Controls: Dynamic, High automation. 3 x Comp (CM: 1.0 CP: 1.0). No bridge.
 Communications: 1 x Radio (50,000km, 0.02MW). 1 x Laser (1,000AU, 0MW).
 Sensors: 1 x PEMS (12.5 [1.6mkm], 0MW). 1 x AEMS (8, 0.06MW).
 Signatures: Vis:0, IR:-0.5 (-0.5 at 24MW, -1 at 3MW), Act:0, Neu:-1,

 1 x PD Laser (+0) 1/0-0-0-0 [1,50/2-1-0-0] (LR) [Point defence ROF 800]

 1 Jump (10 Td/pc fuel)
 0.1/0.2 Manoeuvre (Fusion: 0MW, 2.6 G-hours)
 1/1.5 Contra-grav (19MW) [TL 9]
 445kph/600kph Atmosphere (Cruise: 334kph/450kph)
 1 Power (Fission: 26MW, 1yr)
 0 Battery
 10 Fuel (Scoop: 3 Purif: 4.4, 2MW)
 0/8/0/0/0 Accommodations (8 x Sanitary Fittings)
 104 Person/Weeks Life Support (Type: Extended, Normal Food [Stored])
 0 G-Comp
 0 ESA
 0 Sandcasters
 0 Damper Turrets
 0 Damper Screen
 0 Meson Screen
 0 Force Field
 0 Gravtics
 0 [20] Armour, 8 Structure

 1 x Decontamination Airlock
 1 x Ship's locker (0.05 Td ea.)
 1 x Gym (2.5 Td ea.)
 1 x 10 Td Fuel Bladder (1 Td ea.)
 1 x Ordinary Galley (Cap: 8)

Small Craft

 Power & Fuel:

Crew Details
 2 x Helm
 1 x Gunner/Steward
 1 x Medical

Combat data card (6.77Kb pdf v3 format)

The AK 100 was one of the earliest designs used in quantity by the Terran Free Traders. First designed for the European Union during the 1st Interstellar War, the AK 100 was envisioned as a cheap reliable utility freighter for rear area duties and was produced in quantity by several of Earths power blocs. The AK 100 performed adequately in this role and nearly two hundred examples were produced during the war. With the end of the war, the AK 100 was quickly replaced by more capable designs in Naval service and surplus AK 100's were placed on the disposal lists. These surplus ships proved to be very popular with the many fledgling Free Traders and quickly became one of the vessels of choice for many of them. In 2121 AD the legendary Terran industrialist Yukio Hasagua set up the Free Trade Foundation to foster the development of the Free Traders and the FTF reopened production of the AK 100 and made them available at heavily subsidised prices. Production of the AK 100 was to continue until 2146 AD, when it was replaced by the much improved AK 111. None the less, they remained a staple of the Free Traders until late in the Interstellar Wars.

The AK 100's were an extremely simple design with few comforts for passengers or crew. They were fitted with a primitive contragrav drive to enable them to reach orbit and a simple fusion drive to push them out to a safe jump distance. They were cramped and had no gravitic compensation (entailing long periods in freefall). However they were also exceptionally rugged and reliable, with many examples remaining in service for over 100 years (at least four survived into the Long Night). Most Free Traders removed the point defence laser (only suitable to provide emergency defence whilst the ship jumped) and used the turret to stow additional cargo. The AK 100 carried an integral fuel bladder which enabled them to carry sufficient fuel for two consecutive jumps (the bladders took up 9 Td of cargo space when inflated).

It was an AK 100 (the Kobe Maru) which sparked the 3rd Interstellar War in 2146 AD. The Kobe Maru was engaged in 'speculative trade' (smuggling) to the Vegan world of Tyudhuar when it was challenged by two Vilani Gadni type 56m Escorts. The Kobe Maru brought herself to a dead stop, apparently awaiting boarding by one of the Escorts. As the first escort approached to dock, the Kobe Maru fired her fusion drive at a range of under 2 km, destroying the Escort and then jumped out of the system. The Vilani Diikagkarunii claimed that the Kobe Maru had been engaged in a covert operation to provide support to Vegan dissidents and used the incident as a pretext to launch an invasion of the Terran Confederation. The Kobe Maru herself was never heard from again and is presumed to have been lost due to a misjump.

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