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design by Alvin Plummer
That's where the Sudniidbaa comes in. In it's typical operational use, it comes in when the capital ships have silenced the major gun's on the world under attack. It comes in between far orbit and 300,000 km off said world, and releases it's deadly cargo of 50 x 50-ton troop transports, each with between 50 and 100 men in full battle armour. It also send out 5 x 50-ton modular cutters (with a variety of possible modules in use, from anti-air to command posts to vechile transport to cargo), and 10 x 15-ton fighters (to gently tend the brood as it approaches it's destination, and provide immediate air cover when the Marines arrive.)
If a classic orbital assault is needed - with the troops being individually shot out of the missile tubes to the drop zone - the Sudniidbaa has 30 missile barbettes, permitting 150 men (max: this excludes cargo and ECM packages) to be launched from far orbit every 30 minutes.
These ships are actually commanded by Imperial Marine officers, rather than Imperial Navy men. Each ship holds 2,500 men standard, enough for a full regiment of marine infrantry. The following notes come from the Rebellion Sourcebook (MT), pg. 36 Regiment: A regiment is composed of several battalions. It is commanded by a colonel. Battalions: A battalion is composed of several companies. It is commanded by a lieutenant commander. A battalion is the basic military unit in the Imperium. It contains approximately 500 men. Companies: A company is composed of several platoons. It is commanded by a captain.
Note also that the 2,600 Marines carries are housed 4 to a large stateroom. If neccessary, the staterooms can be 'hot-bunked', allowing 7,800 Marines to be transported.
Note the Sudniidbaa is capable of jump4, G5. It's capable of keeping up with most naval strike forces, but will 'hang back', as it lacks a spinal mount. It can defend itself, but isn't meant to attack: that's the job of it's mates.
Also note that the Sudniidbaa does not carry extensive fighter wings, nor is it meant to carry armoured battalions. The Imperial Marines are currently working on a way to 'package' Trepida grav tanks and Astrin grav APC's so they will fit into Yolanda docking rings. The first prototypes are expected to be ready in 1117.
NOTE: The Sudniidbaa is actually built to G6 specifications. However, due to it's cargo load and transports, it cannot go faster than G5. Once it's cargo and transports have been dropped off, however, G6 performance can be reattained.
50-disp ton Yolanda Troop Transport is taken from Classic Trav's 'Fighting ships', and altered beyond recognition. The armour have been pumped up to 100 levels, sensors and EM masking has been added, and an optional 'heavy anti-personnel' laser put in place of the missile turrent. Finally, 2 sandcasters and 2 fusion guns have been added to the transport.
If the troops are being sent to a 'low-threat' landing zone, the lasers, sandcasters and additional fusion plant is removed, allowing 100 troops to be sent rather than fifty.
|Displacement: 49,000 tons||Hull Armor: 600|
|Length: 317.9 meters||Volume: 686,000 m3|
|Price: MCr24,787.254||Target Size: L|
|Configuration: Slab SL||Tech Level: F|
|Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 498,122 / 383,478|
|150MJ Laser Turret||10:1/10-31||20:1/10-31||40:1/10-31||80:1/10-31|
Bridge, Aux Bridge, Flight Bridge (65 craft), Fire Control Centre
Fuel Scoops: jfuel in 3 hr 10 min, all fuel in 6 hr 45 min
Fuel Purif: jfuel in 24 hr, all fuel in 51 hr 35 min
Surface Area 1 1-7 Airlock 2-3 1-16 Antenna 4-7 1-12 EMMR 13-20 Meson Screen 8-13 Docking Rings 14-15 1-4 Docking Rings 5-20 Meson Screen 16-17 Meson Screen 18-19 1-10 LCHatches Damage Area 1 1-16 Elect 17-20 Quarters 2-3 Quarters 4-5 1-6 Quarters 7-20 Hold 6-9 Hold 10-11 1-4 Weapons 5-20 Hold 12-17 Hold 18-19 1-18 Engineering 19-20 Hold 20 4-20 Eng System Damage Electronics 3 x Laser, Maser, Radio: Ladar (1h) Ant (1h) ea. 3 x P-EMS (2h) 2H ea. 3 x A-EMS, A-EMS jammer (2h) ea. EMM 67H (686h) Meson Screen 53H Hold 9 x Mech Shop, 9 x Elect Shop 1H ea. Quarters Sm. Stroom x 344 (2h) ea. Lg. Stroom x 1144 1H ea. ArtiGrav 137H Life Support 1 261H Emerg. Life Support 630H Weapons Laser Turrent x 150 1H ea. Sandcaster Turrent x 150 1H ea. Missile Barbettes x 30 1H ea. Nuclear Dampers x 30 1h ea. Engineering Jump Drive 686H HEPlaR 125H Power Plant 466H Fuel Purif 630H NOTE: asterisks after some crew numbers means that these positions *can* be manned in lieu of the MFD stations.