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Beacon Class System Defense Cruiser

design by Nick Bradbeer

In order to protect major naval bases and other, similar facilities from space attack, would like to propose the Beacon Class System Defence Cruiser. Designed specifically to provide defence for major facilities from craft exceeding its own size several times, the Beacon carries an armament quite reasonable for a ship three times its size.

Due to the short hull lengths available, as well as the fact that large ships would be able to carry heavy defences, no spinal mount weapon was selected. Instead, the Beacon is designed around four batteries of very heavy grav-focussed X-Ray lasers. These were selected for long range, on the basis that a smaller ship must be able to inflict damage before it enters effective Meson Gun range, as well as for devastating firepower and armour penetration. The main weapons, "Omega Battery", comprising two 2000Mj X-Ray laser bays, are capable of penetrating over 137cm of Bonded Superdense Armour, whilst the secondary and tertiary batteries have lesser, though still formidable performance. Due to high rates of fire and high-tech Master Fire Control Systems, the lasers can fire out to 630,000km with no penalties for range.

A secondary missile armament is carried as well, both to provide a punch at extreme range, and to tie up enemy beam weapons in close. Standard procedure is to fire the first volley at medium to long range, and then reload whilst approaching, to fire again at point-blank range.

The Beacon is capable of manoeuvring at 5G's of acceleration, in order to control the range and keep pace with an enemy. It is assumed that most opponents will be on an approach vector, and the Beacon will merely need to station-keep within weapons range, but these craft are quite capable of taking the fight to the enemy. The Beacon carries enough fuel to manoeuvre at full acceleration for twelve hours, making a capable long-range interceptor.

The price paid for these systems comes mainly from the spartan crew accommodation and support facilities. This is justified by the fact that most of the time support facilities and accommodation will be provided by the facility being defended, so these are less mission-critical than heavy guns and the power to fire them. Also no small craft are carried by the Beacon, but it is capable of planetary landings, with CG lifters and landing gear.

It is also of note that the Beacon Class cost in at just under 600MCr. This is a quite considerable saving, allowing a greater number to be built, and thus more facilities to be protected.

All in all, the Beacon Class is a combat ship, through and through. While it may not be as mission-versatile as a regular fleet warship, it is quite capable of giving that warship a bloody nose if it shows up where it isn't wanted.

Beacon System Defense Cruiser

General Data

Displacement: 990 tons Hull Armor: 224
Length:130.41 meters Volume:13,860 m3
Price: 599.94 MCr Target Size: M
Configuration: SL Wedge Tech Level: 15
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded):14,542.2 / 14,071.8

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 9.79 GW Fusion Power Plant, 0.2 year duration (195.8 m3 fuel)
Jump Performance: None
Jump Fuel: 0 m3
G-Rating: 5G HEPlaR (435 MW/G)
G-Turns: 120, 54.4 m3 fuel each
Maint: 399


Computer: 3xTL-15 Fibre-optic computer (1.1 MW)
Commo: Maser (Unlimited; 0.6 MW), Radio (1 hex; 1 MW)
Avionics: Imaging EMS, IGS positioning, 190 km/h NOE
Sensors: AEMS (16 hex; 25 MW), PEMS (4 hex; 0.1 MW), Ladar (10 hex; 0.6 MW),
ECM/ECCM: EMS Jammer (10 hex;30 MW), Area Jammer (3.5 hex radius; 37.8 MW), EM Masking (13.86 MW)
Controls: Bridge with 21 bridge workstations, 67 normal workstations


Offensive (All lasers are X-Ray lasers)
Omega Battery; 2xLBR-2000-10-3 (27-ton bay mounts; 1111 MW; No crew)
Alpha Battery; 4xLBR-1200-10-3 (16-ton bay mounts; 666 MW; No crew)
Beta Battery: 4xLBR-576-10-3 (320 MW; No crew)
Gamma Battery: 4xLBR-576-10-3 (320 MW; No crew)
Delta Battery: 2xMissile Barbette (0.15 MW; No crew)
Defensive: Epsilon Battery: 2xSand Turret (1 MW; 1 crew)
Chi Battery: 2xNuclear Damper (1 hex; 6 MW; 1 Crew)
Master Fire Directors: 2xTL-15 (6 Diff Mods; 10 hex; 1.56 MW; 1 crew), 4xTL-15 (6 Diff Mods; 10 hex; Msl 10 hex; 1.71 MW; 1 crew)
NameShortMedium Long Extreme
LBR-2000-10-3 10:1/35-11120:1/35-111 40:1/35-111 80:1/35-111
LBR-1200-10-310:1/27-86 20;1/27-86 40:1/27-86 80:1/27-86
LBR-576-10-3 10:1/19-60 20:1/19-60 40:1/19-60 80:1/19-60


Life Support: Extended(1.36 MW)
Gravitic Compensation:6Gs (34.05 MW)
Crew: 92 (1xManeuver, 1xElectronics, 65xEngineer, 8xGunnery, 3xMaintenance, 1xSteward, 13xCommand)
Crew Accommodations: 2xSmall Stateroom (0.5 kW), 45xBunks
Passenger Accomadation:
Other Facilities:
Cargo: 0 m3 12 Missiles in Magzine
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: None
Air Locks: 9


Total Fuel Tankage: 6,720.8 m3 (480.1 tons)
Crew requirements are calculated by using 'Original FFS' crew model.

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