Ushman class Armed Merchant

 Tons: 800 Td (SL Thick Disc Hypersonic)
 Crew: 17/25
 Cargo: 276 Td (5 x Large Cargo Hatches, Handling: 2 x 165 ton)
 Volume: 11200m3
 Passengers High/Med: 3/5
 Cost: 520.161 MCr (25% bulk discount)
 Mass (L/C): 11446t/7423t
 Passengers Low: 0
 Maintenance Points: 332
 Dimensions: 30.5m x 30.5m x 15.3m
 Troops/Science: 0/0
 Tech Level: 11
 Size: 8
 Frozen Watch: 0

 Controls: Dynamic, Standard automation. 3 x Comp (CM: 0.4 CP: 2.5).
 Communications: 1 x Radio (1,000AU, 0.2MW). 1 x Laser (1,000AU, 0MW).
 Sensors: 1 x PEMS (13 [5mkm], 0MW). 1 x AEMS (11 [0.16mkm], 0.5MW).
          1 x LIDAR (14.5 [500kkm], 1MW).
 ECM: 1 x Pas. Jammer (14, 0.2MW).
 Signatures: Vis:-0.5, IR:0.5 (0.5 at 1047MW, 0 at 120MW), Act:0.5, Neu:1,

 2 x Heavy Laser Turret (+3) 1/0-0-0-0 [1,800/15-8-4-2] (LR)
 4 x Missile Turret Can 6/2 (Mag: 0 MFD: 500,000km)
       w/6 Cmd DL 1d6/1 [36] 7.8G/11 500,000km

 2 Jump (80 Td/pc fuel)
 3/4.6 Manoeuvre (Thruster: 846MW)
 1/1.5 Contra-grav (154MW)
 3943kph/4763kph Atmosphere (Cruise: 2957kph/3572kph)
 3 Power (Fusion: 1200MW, 0.08yr)
 0 Battery
 161 Fuel (Scoop: 5, Purif: 64, 1MW)
 0/25/8/0/0 Accommodations (33 x Sanitary Fittings)
 132 Person/Weeks Life Support (Type: Standard, Normal Food [Stored])
 1 G-Comp
 0 ESA
 0 Sandcasters
 0 Damper Turrets
 0 Damper Screen
 0 Meson Screen
 0 Force Field
 0 Gravtics
 10 [30] Armour, 19 Structure

 8 x Decontamination Airlock
 1 x Ship's locker (0.4 Td ea.)
 1 x Full Galley (Cap: 33)

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

 Power & Fuel:

Crew Details
 2 x Helm
 11 x Engineering
 1 x Maintenance
 6 x Gunnery
 3 x Command
 1 x Steward
 1 x Medical

Combat data card (7.12Kb pdf v3 format)

The Ushman class was a paramilitary vessel, intended not only as a high jump trading vessel, but also as a patrolship helping to maintain law and order on the spacelanes. Throughout the long history of the Ziru Sirka designs such as the Ushman class actually formed the bulk of the Empires patrol and escort forces. The construction of these vessels was heavily subsidised by the various Vilani Bureaux, and they proved to be a cost effective means of patrolling space throughout most of the Ziru Sirka. However they were totally outclassed by the Terran Confederation's Raiders during the Interstellar Wars (they proved to similarly ineffective against the incursion of the Vargr corsairs during the same period) and as such suffered heavy casualties.

Despite their military role, these ships were not naval vessels and the bulk of their crews were civilians (only 7 crew members operating the weapons were considered to be naval personnel); and they were required to operate as commercially viable units. Thus they conformed to general Vilani mercantile design practice, the only concessions to their military role being their armament, light armour and on board fuel purification capacity. Unfortunately these compromises resulted in them being only marginally profitable (even with the Bureaux subsidy) and with the fall of the Ziru Sirka they rapidly disappeared as the Rule of Man was unwilling to subsidise their construction. Curiously the one of the few regions were the concept of the armed merchant (though not the Ushman class itself) survived was in the core worlds of the Terran Confederation. Prohibited from building an effective navy during the Rule of Man, these worlds formed the Terran Mercantile Community and built large number of heavily armed merchant vessels to get around this prohibition.

The only example of the Ushman class known to have survived the Long Night was the Ariiarargu. The Ariiarargu was built at Dingir shortly the start of the Eighth Interstellar War. Her assigned patrol area included the Duriim system and she was the only Vilani vessel to escape with the news of the systems fall to the Terrans. She was latter to achieve fame when after the Vilani defeat in the 2nd Battle of Duriim, her captain showed considerable skill and determination in carrying the news through Terran controlled space. As a result the Ariiarargu was preserved in the AAB on Vland and survived through the long night intact.

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