Gadni Type 56m Escort

 Tons: 400 Td (SL Thick Disc Hypersonic)
 Crew: 16/19
 Cargo: 12 Td (1 Large Cargo Hatch, Handling: 1 x 168 ton)
 Volume: 5600m3
 Passengers High/Med: 0/0
 Cost: 633.971 MCr (25% bulk discount)
 Mass (L/C): 6153t/5906t
 Passengers Low: 0
 Maintenance Points: 271
 Dimensions: 24.2m x 24.2m x 12.1m
 Troops/Science: 0/0 Tech Level: 11
 Size: 8
 Frozen Watch: 0

 Controls: Dynamic, Standard automation. 5 x FibComp (CM: 0.5 CP: 2.0).
 Communications: 1 x Radio (1,000AU, 0.2MW). 1 x Laser (1,000AU, 0MW).
 Sensors: 1 x PEMS (13.5 [16mkm], 0.02MW). 1 x AEMS (11.5 [0.5mkm], 5MW).
          1 x LIDAR (14.5 [500kkm], 1MW).
 ECM: 1 x Radio Jammer (1,000AU, 0.4MW). 1 x Pas. Jammer (15, 2MW).
 Signatures: Vis:-0.5, IR:-0.5 (-0.5 at 745MW, -1 at 76MW), Act:0.5, Neu:0,

 1 x Laser Turret (+3) 1/0-0-0-0 [1,200/9-4-2-1] (LR)
 1 x Missile Bay Auto 6/6 (Mag: 60 MFD: 500,000km)
       w/66 Cmd DL 1d6/1 [36] 6G/12 500,000km

 2 Jump (40 Td/pc fuel)
 4/4.1 Manoeuvre (Thruster: 610MW)
 1/1 Contra-grav (82MW)
 4490kph/4582kph Atmosphere (Cruise: 3368kph/3437kph)
 4 Power (Fusion: 760MW, 0.08yr)
 0 Battery
 80.7 Fuel (Scoop: 5, Purif: 16, 3MW)
 0/16/2/0/0 Accommodations (20 x Sanitary Fittings)
 80 Person/Weeks Life Support (Type: Standard, Normal Food [Stored])
 2 G-Comp
 0 ESA
 0 Sandcasters
 0 Damper Turrets
 0 Damper Screen
 0 Meson Screen
 0 Force Field
 0 Gravtics
 10 [30] Armour, 16 Structure

 4 x Decontamination Airlock
 1 x Docking Umbilical
 1 x Ship's locker (0.2 Td ea.)
 2 x Prisoner Capacity (0/0/2)
 1 x Ordinary Galley (Cap: 21)

Small Craft
 1 x Minimal Hanger (20 Td, 1 hatch)

 Communications: 1 x Radio (1,000AU). 1 x Laser (1,000AU).
 Sensors: 1 x PEMS (13.5 [16mkm]). 1 x AEMS (11.5 [0.5mkm]).
          1 x LIDAR (14.5 [500kkm]).
 ECM: 1 x Radio Jammer (1,000AU). 1 x Pas. Jammer (15).
 Power & Fuel:

Crew Details
 3 x Helm
 1 x Electronics
 9 x Engineering
 1 x Maintenance
 2 x Gunnery
 2 x Command
 1 x Steward (Shugilii)

Combat data card (7.28Kb pdf v3 format)

The Gadni Type 56m was one of the standard Vilani escorts that bore the brunt of patrol duties throughout the Interstellar Wars. The design was already centuries old when the First War broke out in 2110 AD (the m series itself was a minor improvement of the earlier k series) and the design could trace its origins back to the Consolidation Wars. The design was intended as a low cost no frills small patrol ship for simple anti-piracy and customs duties. Until contact with the Terrans the design had served the Vilani well and could be found throughout the Ziru Sirka. However when faced with the Terrans deep penetration raids, the design proved to be unsuited for the new tasks asked of it. The design's biggest drawback when facing the Terrans was it lack of endurance. It simply could not stay on station long enough to prevent the Terrans from using the many unexploited systems as supply points.

The Type 56m shows many of the features typical of classic Vilani ships. The ships did not bear individual names after the Terran pattern, rather they were simply assigned the name Gadni (escort) and a pennant number. They use a streamlined disk hull form with little attention to aesthetic styling giving a good volume to surface ratio at a reasonable cost. They only carry sufficient food and fuel for 672 hours operations (21 standard Vilani "days"), which while adequate for their general patrol and escort duties, proved inadequate for dealing with the Terrans long range commerce raiders. They feature a strong missile armament with generous magazine capacity, with no secondary armament and only limited point defence capacity from the single laser. They also feature a far higher crew compliment than would be encountered on a corresponding Terran ship. This is partially due to the Vilani caste system which prevented any individual from filling more than one post; and partly by the fact that the Vilani never utilised automation to the same degree as the Terrans. Several captured ships of this type saw service in the Terran Confederation Navy, but they never proved popular with their crews.

The Type 56m, Gadni 583309 has the distinction of being the first ship to be destroyed during the Interstellar Wars. It was her destruction by the Canberra over Barnard that lead to the First Interstellar War. The Gadni 583309 proved to be no match for close range fire from the Canberra's spinal particle accelerator and was quickly destroyed.

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