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design by Nick Bradbeer
With the recent discussion of the Fusilier, I thought I'd drop in this, a Brilliant Lances conversion of the RCS Lancer that I ran up a while back. To my great amazement, it was possible to pack all the required systems into a hull of the right size class, (with the exception of the folding passive array's surface area, but I've always allowed the surface area calculations some leeway.
This conversions was based on very little data - the back of the BR card was all I could find. But from that we know what weapons it carries, that it's in the 6,200 to 6,560 ton range, and that there is limited manoevre fuel available. Personally, I think putting an 8-hex active array on board was daft - it represents about a seventh of the ship's procurement cost, but it's on the card.
The second of the Coalition's home grown destroyers, the RCS Lancer replaced the Fusiler's particle accelerator with a Europa Starcracker 6.4 Gigajoule meson gun, designed and built especially for the hull. It was hoped that the meson gun would be more useful against ground targets, especially the heavily armoured and often subterranean planetary defence assets remaining to TEDs in the Wilds.
The Lancer represented the cutting edge of the RC's shipbuilding capabilities at the time of its launch. The majority of Aubaine's shipbuilding industry was involved in the construction at some stage, as many of the components were one-offs (or two-offs, in the case of components common to the design of the Fusilier. As such, several aspects of the ship were rather stretched to the limit - the fuel refining plant was notoriously slow, the power plant was nearly a Gigawatt short of the ideal, and the ship carried only 20.5 G-hours of fuel after a full-range jump.
The nominal small-craft load was two 50-ton modular cutters, but one of these was usually replaced with a few fighters or Fury class landers. The ship was nominally capable of temporary conversion to the assault role, by adding bunks and drop capsule launchers to the cargo bay. Theoretically up to 100 troops could be carried in this way, although the conditions would be far from ideal.
|Displacement: 6500 tons||Hull Armor: 500|
|Length: 130.54 meters||Volume: 91000 m3|
|Price: 6.17 GCr||Target Size: M|
|Configuration: SL Needle||Tech Level: 12|
|Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 135,101.8 / 130,045.2|
|6.4 GJ Meson Gun||6:400||12:200||24:100||48:50|
|134-MJ Unmanned Laser Turret||4:1/9-29||8:1/9-29||16:1/6-20||32:1/3-10|