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Aries Patrol Cruiser

design by Derek Stanley

Originally layed down in 1184 the Aries-Class Patrol Cruiser was originally designed as a single use system assault boat, designed with one purpose and one purpose only. To each bring 200 Marines from Stonehaven's surface to the K'pinah Orbital Starport, the Marines were to assualt the station, seize control and defend it from any viral assault. The operation was a complete disaster, the station was lost and two of the original four Aries-Class Assault Ships were lost in the ensuing blood bath, one to friendly fire.

The remaining Aries were quickly redesigned and out fitted for system defence duties. This refit included the removal of the troop bays and replacing them with a pair of short range Particle Accelerators and the addition of a midline mounted collapsable spin habitat. Four more Aries were hastilly constructed with these specifications, three of which were lost securing the system.

By 1189 the people of Stonehaven were ready to secure the remainder of the Stonehaven Cluster, a grouping of three stars barely inside Reavers Deep. The Aries were quickly refitted with J-1 Jump Drive's at the expence of manouver fuel. The Aries-Class Patrol Cruisers were born and in 1189 six of them jumped into the neighbouring Aries system, for whom they were named, and quickly established space superiority over a small number of system bound Vampires.

The Aries would eventually be outfitted with a larger Fission power plant and HEPlaR manouver drives before finally reaching the end of their useful life in 1195.

Aries Patrol Cruiser

General Data

Displacement: 900/920 tons Hull Armor: 15
Length: 57.74 meters Volume: 12600/12880 m3
Price: 797.8 MCr Target Size: S
Configuration: SL Cylinder Tech Level: 9
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 9229.6 / 8790.8 with external systems, 8949.6 / 8510.8 without external systems

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 844 MW Fusion Power Plant, 1 year duration (126.6 m3 fuel)
Jump Performance: 1
Jump Fuel: 1292.8 m3
G-Rating: 1G Fusion Rocket (-184.72 MW/G), Standard CG Lifter (270 MW)
G-Turns: 30 (38 using jump fuel), 161.6 m3 fuel each
Maint: 521


Computer: 4xTL-9 Fibre-optic computer (0.5 MW)
Commo: Maser (1000 AU; 0.6 MW), Radio (10 hex; 10 MW)
Avionics: Imaging radar, 130 km/h NOE
Sensors: Radar (2 hex; 150 MW), HRT (3 hex; 0.25 MW)
ECM/ECCM: 300 sensor decoys (100 Laser, 100 AEMS, 100 PEMS), Stealth Surface
Controls: Bridge with 10 bridge workstations, 14 normal workstations, fire control center (2 workstations), Standard Automation


Offensive 2xTL-9 900 MJ Particle Accelerator (Loc:0-Arcs:0;250 MW;2 crew)
Defensive: 4xTL-9 Sand Caster (Loc:0-Arcs:0;1 MW;1 crew)
Master Fire Directors: 2xTL-9 (2 Diff Mods; 2 hex; Msl 10 hex; 15.36 MW; 1 crew)

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Life Support: Extended (12523 m3 supported volume; 2.505 MW),
Grav Compensation: 1G in Spin Capsule
Crew: 48 (2xManeuver, 2xElectronics, 14xEngineer, 10xGunnery, 6xMaintenance, 7xShip's Troops, 1xSteward, 6xCommand)
Crew Accommodations: 27xSmall Stateroom (0.5 kW)
Passenger Accomadation: None
Other Facilities: None
Cargo: 0 m3
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: 40x0.5-ton SL grapple for missiles
Air Locks: 9


Total Fuel Tankage: 6268.4 m3 (447.7 tons)
Fuel scoops (10% of ship surface), fills tanks in 1.2 hours
Fuel purification machinery (6.75MW), 50.1 hours to refine 6268.4 m3.
501.3 MW power surplus
40 missiles in streamlined external grapples.

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