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Burke Frigate

design by Pete Grey

Following the success of the Hawker Frigate, GsbAG decided to follow up with a heavier design in the years before the Solomani Rim War. The Burke class was deployed in 992, and several saw service with frontier squadrons against the Solomani. Unlike the Hawker, the Burke has a larger contingent of smaller fighters, and is intended to serve in a group of ships, acting as a proactive recon platform, and intel liason. The launch port arrangement is built along the lines of an old SLBM submarine's tube arrangement, with the fighters launched at a right angle from the ship itself. The Frigate is too lightly armed to defend itself in line battles, and the ship is usually escorted, or serves as a forward surveillar and raider.

The Burke was made an IDP design after the war, and thousands were built for Imperial reserve units and colonial navies. The class was resurrected by the Regency in the 1140s to act as a supplementary long range patrol ship in addition to its growing array of TL-15 Sydkai class Frigates. Most Burkes have been downgraded to commercial patrol, and work the Regency's spinward borders, including several in guerilla supression work in the Regency Sword Worlds. A number of other Spinward States have adopted the design, either in the form of transfers from the Regency, or in license production.

Burke Frigate

General Data

Displacement: 3000 tons Hull Armor: 204
Length: 115.5 meters Volume: 42,000 m3
Price: 1806.054 MCr Target Size: M
Configuration: Slab SL Tech Level: 14
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 57,680.48 / 52,784.88 tons

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 6780 MW TL-14 Fusion (120 MW/Hit. 28.72 MW surplus)
Jump Performance: 4 (2625 m3 per parsec, 10,500 m3 for J-4)
Jump Fuel: 2625 m3
G-Rating: 4 (1500 MW/G), CG-Lifters (300 MW)
G-Turns: 56 with J-4 reserve, 67.2 with J-3 reserve, 78.4 with J-2 reserve, 89.6 with J-1 reserve.
Maint: 1970


Computer: 3 TL-14 Fb (1.0 MW each)
Commo: 1000 AU Maser (0.6 MW), 1000 AU Radio (20 MW), 300,000 km Radio (range: 10, 10 MW)
Avionics: TL-10+ Flt
Sensors: PEMS 300,000 km Folding (range: 10, 0.3 MW), AEMS 360,000 km (range: 12, 15 MW)
Controls: 21 Bridge plus 36 Normal


Offensive 8 360 MJ TL-14 Remote Laser Barbettes, 2 Missle Turrets.
Defensive: 6 TL-14 Sandcaster Turrets.
Master Fire Directors: 3 300,000 km TL-14 MFDs (range: 10, 0.12 MW, -4 dif mods)

Name Short Medium Long Extreme
360 MJ LB 10:1/15-48 20:1/15-48 40;1/9-29 80:1/5-15


Life Support: Extended (7.4 MW)
Grav Compensation: 5Gs
Crew: 100 (2 Manuever, 2 Electronics, 5 Gunnery, 33 Engineering, 8 Maintenance, 20 Small Craft, 10 Small Craft Service, 17 Command, 1 Medic, 2 Stewards.
Crew Accommodations: 10 Small Staterooms (single occupancy), 54 Small Staterooms (Double Occupancy)
Passenger Accomadation: None
Other Facilities: Sickbay, Machine Shop, Electronics Shop.
Cargo: 321.6 m3 1 Large Cargo Hatches, 20 missiles
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: 20 8-ton Holdfast class fighters (minimal hangers) plus 40 ton craft grapple (USL) capable of holding a 400 ton craft. 10 Launch Doors.
Air Locks: 30


Fuel Purification Plant (12 hrs, 52.5 MW)


Location:   No.     Type:       Arcs:
1            2      MT          All
                    Sandcaster  1,2
2                   360 MJ LB   1,2,3
3                   360 MJ LB   1,2,3
4                   360 MJ LB   1,2,3
5                   360 MJ LB   1,2,3
10           2      360 MJ LB   All
                    Sandcaster  All
11           2      360 MJ LB   All
                    Sandcaster  All
14                  Sandcaster  4,5
15                  Sandcaster  4,5
20                  Sandcaster  4,5

Damage Tables

Location      External       Internal

1             Ant            1-6:Elec, 7-11:Qtrs,
                             13:SC, 14-20:Hold
2-5           1:Ant,         1:Elec, 2-6:Qtrs, 7:LB,
6-9           AL             Hold
10            LP             1-2:LB, 3:SC, 4-20:Hold
11            AL             1-2:LB, 3:SC, 4-10: Elec,
12-13,16-17   LP             Hold
14-15                        1:SC, 2-20:Hold
18-19                        1-18:Eng, 19-20:Hold
20                           Eng

Systems Damage:
 JD: 42H   EMM: 22H
 PP: 56H  EMMR: (42h)
 MD: 15H    SR: 2h
 CG: 22H    LB: 2H
FPP: 66H    MT: 1H
 LS: 158H   SC: 1H
ELS: 104H  MFD: 2h
All others: 1h

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