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Leviathan-Class Assault Transport

design by Lewis Roberts


From Path of Tears pg 38

"These ships will provide the Coalition with the capability to move large numbers of combat troops from one world to another and conduct opposed landings. Each of these ships will carry a light brigade, and include launch facilities for a spearhead battalion of drop troops. Although this capability is not intended for use in combat, the Leviathan-Class will be streamlined to allow landing on planetary surfaces.

Proponents of the coreward stategy see these ships as providing new capabilites to pacify worlds far out in the AO, while consolidating strategists expect that these ships will be used closer to home."

Designer's Notes

POT lists a brigade as having three batallions of roughly 500 soldiers each. I assumed a light brigade was one with only two battalions. The ship is also supposed to be able to drop a spearhead battalion into combat. I figured that 400 soldiers and 100 dummy capsules dropped with most of their command and control assests located on the ship sounded like a spearhead battalion.

The design was done with SSDS, with occasional FFS bits.

Description

The Leviathan-Class Assualt Transports will be the biggest ship in the Coalition Navy upon completion. The same team of Naval architects that designed the rest of the Clippers designed the Leviathan-Class. It shows this lineage, both in its appearence and its internal arrangements. The ship looks like a streamlined version of the Aurora and Maggart-Classes Clippers, with the addition of small stabelizing wings in common with theLancer and Fussilier-Classes. (For a picture of the Lancer/Fussilier-Class see their respective Battle Rider counters.)

The inside of the ship also resembles the other Clippers. This has its good points and its bad. The mechanical systems on each of the clipper line tend to be versions of each other, and reduces the amount of training maintence staffs need. The staterooms are also identical allowing transfered sailors to feel instantly at home. Unfortunatly some of the problems with the other clippers have not been fixed, every stateroom still has the same badly designed fresher made by Novastar Inc. It has a habit of backing up and "regurgitating" its contents back over the floor of the fresher. The Navy has tried to get Novastar to fix the design but since Novastar's CEO August Delparo was just arrested for treason, the company is in a state of confusion and has been unable to come to any agreement over replacing the designs. So when Delparo gets convicted, alot of Coalition sailors will cheer his downfall.

Operations

During a hostile landing, 400 marines will use the drop capsules to make a meteoric descent. They will be accompianed by 100 MK II capsules in various loadouts, depending on the mission and the commander's preferences. (For details on drop capsules see RCEG.) At the same time the ship will be firing planetary assualt missiles at enemy targets. As its laser turrets are equiped with tunable lasers, they can also be turned on targets on the ground, though they are intended at point defense weapons.

Once a beachhead has been achieved, the ship can launch its Fury-Class Assualt Landers, which carry a further 196 marines. At the same time, any carried grav vehicles can be launched. These can include Intrepid-Class Grav Tanks, Pyrrhus-Class Support Sleds, and Ferret/Mongoose-Class Attack Speeders.

It is not expected that the Leviathan-Class will opperate alone. It does not have the firepower to take out opposing starships. It will probably operate in concert with several clippers or destroyers. After these ships have cleared away enemy spacecraft they can be used as orbital artillery. Fussilier-Class will not tend to be used in this role, as their partical accelerators do not work as well in this role as theLancer-Class's meson gun. Aurora-Class, Maggart-Class, and Belladonna-Class Clippers can also carry fighters which will provide air support to the troops.


Leviathan-Class Assualt Transport

General Data

Displacement: 5000 tons Hull Armor: 20
Length: 153 meters Volume: 70,000m3
Price: 1909.41 MCr Target Size: M
Configuration: Needle SL Tech Level: 12
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 58,618/28,124


Engineering Data

Power Plant:3200Mw Fusion. 1 year of fuel (780r m3}
Jump Performance: 2
G-Rating: 2
G-Turns: Na (Thrusters) Fuel Scoops and a Fuel Purification plant capable of 700 m3/hour.
Fuel Tankage: 70,000m3
Maint: 3117

Electronics

Computer: 3x TL 12 Fib Computers
Commo: 2x300,000 km Radio, 2x1000 AU Maser, 300,000km Laser 10x3000 km Laser Communicator mainly for Missle Designation
Avionics: TL-10+ Avionics
Sensors: 2x300,000 km AEMS, 120,000 PEMS
ECM/ECCM: 300,000km EMS Jammer.
Controls: Bridge with 35 WS, and 57 engineering WS (Low Automation)

Armament

Offensive
Defensive
Master Fire Directors:

Accommodations

Life Support: Extended.
Grav Compensation: 3Gs
Crew: 157: 57x Engineers, 11x Maintenance, 3x Electronics, 2x Manuver, 10x Gunners, 20x Command Crew, 12x Stewards, 42x Flight Crew, and 1x Medic. There is room for 1000 Marines, but they follow their own command structure and it is not included here. Stewards for the full complement of marines are included here.
Crew Accommodations:
Passenger Accommodations: None
Other Facilities:
Cargo: 21,193 m3. It is expected that each trooper brings about 1 ton of equipment and supplies, including battle dress suits, weapons, ammunition etc. The average soldier won't actually be lugging around this much gear, it is an average number. Many pieces of equipment such as field hospitals, artillery pieces take up more room, and are not actually assigned to a given soldier.
Small Craft and Launch Facilities:
Air Locks: 50

Notes


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