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Hornet Class UCAV

design by Jon Goff

UCAV stands for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle or some such. Anyhow, here is a TL12/13 one for the New Earth Republic Aerospace forces, and for the Ides of March.

Basically, it is a RCV that is either controled from orbit, or the ground. It is ok speedwise, has light armor, good endurance, and lots of guns...It is meant to have its long range targetting done for it by the mothership, then handed down. In its purely spacefighter form, it typically removes the Plasma Gun's ammo, and replaces it with a more tankage, adding 36 more G-turns. Also, its Plasma gun can eat through an Intrepid's front face using the same type of ammo as the Victrix, or Eben Emael class vessels. One more good note, this thing is nearly impossible to detect, if it evades. Without further ado I give you the Hornet.

Hornet Class UCAV

General Data

Displacement: 2 tons Hull Armor: 20
Length:10 meters Volume: 28 m3
Price: 3.899 MCr Target Size: Mc
Configuration: AF Wedge Tech Level: 12/13
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 49.1878 / 39.3488

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 9 MW Fusion Power Plant (9 MW/hit), 1 year duration (.9m3), (.066 MW excess)
Jump Performance: 0
G-Rating: 2G HEPlaR (5 MW/G)
G-Turns: 110, .0625 m3 each
Maint: 5


Computer: None
Commo: 1x1000 AU Laser (Unlimited; 0.3 MW), 1x300 km Radio (0 hex; 1 MW)
Avionics: Imaging EMS, 170 km/h NOE
Sensors: 30,000/3,000km PEMS (1 hex; 0.2 MW), 3000km Ladar (0 hex; .5MW) 3km AEMS (0 hex, .5MW), 5m NAS (0 hex, .004MW)
ECM/ECCM: EM Masking (.028 MW)
Controls: Remote Control Vehicle


Offensive 2xVRF Gauss guns (-4 DM), 1x76 Mj RF Plasma Gun (-4DM), plus grapples for up to 14,000 kg of ordinance.
Defensive: None
Master Fire Directors: None

Weapon Dam C-B Pen Range
76Mj RF Plasma Gun 262 69-25 262-262-131-26 872m
VRF Gauss Gun 6 N/A 1-3-5 300m


Life Support: None
Grav Compensation: None
Crew: None
Crew Accommodations: None
Passenger Accomadation: None
Other Facilities: None
Cargo: 0 m3
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: AF Grapple for 14kl of ordnance.
Air Locks: 0


Total Fuel Tankage: 6.875kl, 110-Gturns. No Fuel Scoops or Processing Plant. When fully loaded with ordinance, movement slows to 1.5 G's. To remedy this, the Plasma Gun is built to be rapidly removed (in about 4 hours), and replaced with more fuel tankage. In space combat, the plasma gun is removed, and 2 semi-independent missles are fitted. They greatly increase the price of the operation, but cut the RCV crew from two to one. On the ground, the vessel usually carries a Planetary Strike Missle (or heavy Bomb), two Napalm canisters, and a mix of heat seakers, ARMs, and Laser Designated rounds.
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