General Grant class Bomb Ketch

Statistics
 Tons: 2500 Td (SL Sphere Hypersonic)
 Crew: 55/65
 Cargo: 50 Td (2 Large Cargo Hatches)
 Volume: 35000m3
 Passengers High/Med: 0/0
 Cost: 4745.106 MCr
 Mass (L/C): 103640t/102410t
 Passengers Low: 0
 Maintenance Points: 1713
 Dimensions: 40.6m diameter
 Troops/Science: 0/0
 Tech Level: 11
 Size: 9
 Frozen Watch: 0

Electronics
 Controls: Dynamic, High automation. 6 x FibComp (CM: 0.4 CP: 2.5). Bridge.
 Communications: 1 x Dir Radio (50,000km, 0.02MW).
                 1 x Laser (1,000AU, 0MW).
 Sensors: 1 x Sci PEMS (12.5 [1.6mkm] Sci, 0MW).
          1 x Sci AEMS (11 [0.16mkm] Sci, 0.5MW).
          1 x Sci LIDAR (14.5 [500kkm] Sci, 1MW).
 Survey/Science:
 ECM: 1 x Radio Jammer (1,000AU, 0.4MW). 1 x Area. Jammer (11, 312.5MW).
      1 x Decp. Jammer (11, 0.63MW). 1 x Pas. Jammer (15, 2.5MW).
 Signatures: Vis:-1, IR:0 (0 at 6582MW, -0.5 at 757MW), Act:0, Neu:1,
             Grav:1

Weaponry
 5 x Light Laser Turret (+3) 1/2-0-0-0 [4,800/7-3-2-1] (LR)
 3 x Missile Bay Auto 16/16 (Mag: 64 MFD: 500,000km)
       w/80 Cmd DL 1d6/3 [113] 21.9G/6 500,000km

Performance
 2 Jump (250 Td/pc fuel)
 2/2 Manoeuvre (Thruster: 5058MW)
 1/1 Contra-grav (1382MW)
 3429kph/3468kph Atmosphere (Cruise: 2572kph/2601kph)
 6 Power (Fusion: 7570MW, 0.25yr)
 0 Battery
 520.3 Fuel (Scoop: 5, Purif: 168, 2MW)
 0/61/4/0/0 Accommodations (65 x Sanitary Fittings)
 845 Person/Weeks Life Support (Type: Extended, Normal Food [Stored])
 1 G-Comp
 0 ESA
 0 Sandcasters
 0 Damper Turrets
 0 Damper Screen
 0 Meson Screen
 0 Force Field
 0 Gravtics
 110 [1364] Armour, 22 Structure

Features
 25 x Decontamination Airlock
 1 x Docking Umbilical
 1 x Electronic Shop (6 Td ea.)
 1 x Machine Shop (10 Td ea.)
 1 x Sickbay (8 Td ea.)
 1 x Ship's locker (1.25 Td ea.)
 2 x Gym (2.5 Td ea.)
 1 x Full Galley (Cap: 65)

Small Craft
 6 x Jettison Bay (3 Td each)

Backups
 Drives:
 Screens:
 Communications: 1 x Dir Radio (50,000km). 3 x Laser (1,000AU).
 Sensors: 4 x Sci PEMS (12.5 [1.6mkm] Sci).
          2 x Sci AEMS (11 [0.16mkm] Sci).
          2 x Sci LIDAR (14.5 [500kkm] Sci).
 Survey/Science:
 ECM: 1 x Area. Jammer (11). 1 x Decp. Jammer (11). 1 x Pas. Jammer (15).
 Power & Fuel:

Crew Details
 4 x Helm
 37 x Engineering
 5 x Maintenance
 8 x Gunnery
 9 x Command
 2 x Stewards

Combat data card (6.90Kb pdf v3 format)

LB-347 class Lifeboat

Statistics
 Tons: 3 Td (AF Short Rnd Cylinder Hypersonic)
 Crew: 1/1
 Cargo: 0 Td
 Volume: 42m3
 Passengers High/Med: 0/0
 Cost: 2.013 MCr
 Mass (L/C): 19t/18t
 Passengers Low: 0
 Maintenance Points: 0
 Dimensions: 6.2m x 3.1m x 3.1m
 Troops/Science: 0/0
 Tech Level: 11
 Size: 6
 Frozen Watch: 0

Electronics
 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).
 Survey/Science:
 ECM:
 Signatures: Vis:-0.5, IR:-2 (-2.5 at 0MW, -2.5 at 0MW), Act:0, Neu:-3,
             Grav:-2

Weaponry

Performance
 0 Jump
 1/1 Manoeuvre (Fusion: 0MW, 1.4 G-hours)
 0/0 Contra-grav
 1176kph/1187kph Atmosphere (Cruise: 882kph/890kph)
 0 Power (Fuel Cell: 0.03MW, 24hr)
 0 Battery
 0 Fuel
 0/0/0/0/0 Accommodations 11 x Restricted Seats
 0 Person/Weeks Life Support (Type: Basic)
 0 G-Comp
 0 ESA
 0 Sandcasters
 0 Damper Turrets
 0 Damper Screen
 0 Meson Screen
 0 Force Field
 0 Gravtics
 0 [20] Armour, 0 Structure

Features

Small Craft

Backups
 Drives:
 Screens:
 Communications:
 Sensors:
 Survey/Science:
 ECM:
 Power & Fuel:

Crew Details
 1 x Helm

Combat data card (6.58Kb pdf v3 format)

An often overlooked portion of the Terran navy during the Interstellar Wars, the highly specialised Bomb Ketches were none the less a vital part of the fleet. Designed specifically for planetary bombardment duties, two very distinct forms of the vessels were produced. The first were the small cheap, mass produced designs intended for service as orbital artillery in low threat environments; the second were the larger heavily protected designs intended to neutralise enemy planetary defences. The General Grant class fell into this second category. The most notable feature of the design was the heavily protected hull (over 1.1 meters of crystaliron) with armour that would not disgrace a Ship of the Line. Since the vessel was intended to operate in a stable low orbit, little attention was paid to manoeuvrability; however the class featured an extensive ECM outfit with particular emphasis on passive jamming and a heavy point defence laser battery. The class carried six LB-347 lifeboats, each capable of carrying up to 11 passengers for up to 24 hours (since the class operated mainly in low orbit, this was considered sufficient endurance).

The class's offensive armament was its three missile bays optimised for the small (0.25 Td) Raiden missile. The Raiden was a short range high-g missile which could be fitted with a wide variety of warheads, including a 500 KT det laser, a 12 x 10 KT MIRV, a wide variety of smart deadfall ordinance, chemical and biological warheads, and many others. Bomb Ketches remained an important part of the Terran Confederation's fleets throughout the Interstellar Wars, but they fell out of favour as the Rule of Man adopted Vilani style Strike Cruisers for the planetary attack role (though fitted with the newly developed meson gun).

One of the most famous examples of the type was the Marshal Ney. During the Eighth Interstellar War, the Marshal Ney was one of the flagship of the small flotilla of Bomb Ketches that were carried by Admiral Albadawi's jump 3 fleet tenders. It was the accurate and effective attacks by the flotilla that enabled Aldadawi to reduce Enulsur, Apishlun, Shikashu and Duriim in quick succession; thereby isolating the Vilani fleet and enabling the Terrans to smash open the frontier.

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