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Fer-de-Lance Class Destroyer Escort

design by Nick Bradbeer

A standard fleet-escort size ship, the Fer-de-Lance is intended to provide screening and protection for rapid-moving frontier squadrons who can expect to be operating outside of tanker support. Packing a combined missile/laser armament and very thin defences, the Fer-de-Lance offers a heavy punch followed by a lengthy reload cycle. The missile-heavy armament makes this ship a popular choice for High Guard duty, providing coverage to the fleet during fueling procedures.

While the Fer has no cargo bay, its surprisingly large hanger often fills this role. The two cutters are loaded with supplies by a fleet auxilary, whereupon they dock and are used as storage areas. While wasteful of space, this arrangement does allow extremely fast resupply of a squadron, and also allows the ships being restocked to retain combat readiness rather than docking down.

The weapons load comprises four autoloaded missile barbettes, each carrying five ready missiles. These are augmented by six single rapid-fire 400 MJ grav-focussed remote laser barbettes, usually tied together into three batteries each controlled by an MFD station.

Design Notes: I tried to keep the crew level down as far as possible - 31 was a minimum, mainly enforced by the engineering and gunnery crews (five MFD gunners, and four missile loaders). Fuel percentage is 47.7 instead of 49 - close enough. I included the two 50-ton cutters. A small crew, no troops and no cargo bay suggested the cargo system above.

Fer-de-Lance Destroyer Escort

General Data

Displacement: 1000 tons Hull Armor: 60
Length: 53.05 meters Volume: 14,000 m3
Price: 615.57 MCr Target Size: M
Configuration: SL Box Tech Level: 15
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 8,005.9 / 7,538.0

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 5.4 GW Fusion Power Plant, 0.15 year duration (81.0 m3 fuel)
Jump Performance: 4
Jump Fuel: 3500 m3
G-Rating: 6G HEPlaR (400.4 MW/G), High-Efficiency CG Lifter (100 MW)
G-Turns: 62 (J3: 79.5; J2: 97; J1: 114.4; 131.9 using all jump fuel), 50.1 m3 fuel each
Maint: 274


Computer: 3xTL-15 Fibre-optic computer (1.1 MW)
Commo: Laser (1000 AU; 0.3 MW), 2xMaser (1000 AU; 0.6 MW), Radio (10 hex; 10 MW)
Avionics: TL 10+ Avionics
Sensors: AEMS (16 hex; 25 MW), PEMS Folding array (6 hex; 0.2 MW), PEMS (4 hex; 0.1 MW), 4xLadar (10 hex; 0.6 MW),
ECM/ECCM: EMS Jammer (16 hex;50 MW), EM Masking (14 MW)
Controls: Bridge with 13 bridge workstations, 9 normal workstations, , High Automation


Offensive 4xTL-14 Missile Barbette (Loc:0-Arcs:0;0 MW;1 crew) & 6xTL-15 400-MJ Laser Barbette (Loc:0-Arcs:0;444.4 MW;No crew)
Defensive: None
Master Fire Directors: 3xTL-15 (6 Diff Mods; 10 hex; 1.56 MW; 1 crew), & 2xTL-15 (6 Diff Mods; 10 hex; Msl 10 hex; 1.86 MW; 1 crew)

Name Short Medium Long Extreme
400-MJ Laser Barbette 10:1/16-50 20:1/16-50 40:1/16-50 80:1/16-50


Life Support: Extended Life Support (1.44 MW)
Grav Compensation: 6Gs (36.11 MW)
Crew: 31 : 2xManeuver, 2xElectronics, 9xEngineer, 9xGunnery, 1xMaintenance, 4xFlight and 4xCommand.
Crew Accommodations:18xSmall Stateroom (0.5 kW)
Passenger Accomadation: None
Other Facilities: None
Cargo: 0 m3
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: 1x100-ton minimal hangar, two launch ports
Air Locks: 10


Total Fuel Tankage: 6,684.1 m3 (477.4 tons).
Fuel scoops (4% of ship surface), fills tanks in 2.98 hours.
Fuel purification machinery (10MW), 20.05 hours to refine 6,684.1 m3.
Crew requirements are calculated by using 'Modifed FFS' crew model.
67.6 MW power surplus

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