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Roc Assault DropShip
« on: 22 April 2018, 10:15:47 »
In 3045 with the Clans on the cusp of launching Operation REVIVAL, the newly elected Khan of Clan Snow Raven, Lynn McKenna, following the attack on her Clan by Clan Coyote commissioned the construction of a class of vessel that was all but ignored in Clan Space, the assault DropShip.  With her Clan unable to participate in the Trials for REVIVAL, building a new DropShip would help her Clans military and economic strength and bolster the Tourman.  Whilst most Clans still viewed DropShips as little more than glorified transports, despite the somewhat stuttering success of the NWP and FRAM/FRAM II programs the bias against DropShips continued and it is what made Khan McKenna's request so strange.

She pointed to the military history of the SLDF, of campaigns fought against the Periphery powers and the Usurper.  In those terrible battles, DropShips when properly supported were a threat that could not be ignored.  The SLDF also made extensive use of the Pentagon class to protect WarShips against hostile fighters.  And with the Clans due to return to the Inner Sphere soon, might they not face threats like Assault DropShips?  She argued that the best counter for them was a similar craft, one made better by Clan technology.  It could then be traded to other Clans, specifically those taking part in REVIVAL, and the Ravens economic position would only grow stronger, helping to finish off the FRAM II refits that were consuming resources at a frightening rate.

It was also quite risky, politically, for the new Khan, but she had wide support amongst the Bloodhouses and her SaKhan was fully behind the idea and so the Scientists were ordered to produce a small, yet capable DropShip that would act as a gunship and in essence, a super-heavy fighter. 

Based upon the Achilles, the Scientists opted for an aerodyne shape, including large wings to allow it to perform well in an atmosphere and not have the handling issues that plagued the Achilles class when operating in an atmosphere.  As per the Khans request the DropShip was small, weighing a mere 1,900 tons, the same size as the Broadsword class DropShip although its sleeker hull made it look lighter than its Mech carrying kin.  The trio of engines allowed the craft to pull a maximum of 5.5g sustained thrust allowing to outrun more than a few OmniFighters in service as well as outperform any DropShip in terms of raw speed.  Protection was not scrimped on with the craft being protected by over sixty tons of Ferro-Aluminium plate.

The armament was a wide mix of weapons with an emphasis on forwards long range firepower with a mix of gauss rifles, ER lasers, LRMs and LB autocannons with a battery of pulse lasers engaging at shorter ranges and Streak launchers at knife fighting ranges.  For self-defence the craft also featured an array of anti-missile mounts, so it didn't just have to rely on its armour protection whilst closing in to engage a target.

The crew are kept together in the crafts nose and its bridge rather resembles a fighter cockpit, just on a grander scale with the crafts Captain, Weapons System Operator and Navigator being sat together in reclining and rotating seating positions to assist with orientation changes.  The Navigator was responsible for the two pilots seated further forwards whilst the WSO coordinated with the four gunners and the automated targeting systems. 

Called the Roc after the great eagle from Persian Myth the new crafts development was kept quite secret until it was traded to Clan Jade Falcon in 3048 on the very cusp of REVIVAL's launch.  Clan Ghost Bear, long allies of the Ravens also traded for the design whilst the Jaguars and Wolves disdained the craft, seeing little point in a DropShip that couldn't land troops. 
The Raven's deployed their own Roc's in groups of five, with them also being spread out amongst the fleet as escorts for WarShips.  As part of their ongoing feud, the Scientists of Clan Steel Viper produced their own design that was clearly based on the Roc, but it was faster and less well armed and the Noruff and Roc classes would clash repeatedly with no clear winner between the two competing designs. 

In Operation REVIVAL Roc's were first used as escorts for friendly DropShips making an approach but were sometimes called upon to act like the Aerospace fighters they somewhat resembled and carried out ground attack and air superiority roles with them engaging Federated Suns, Kurita and Rasalhague Assault DropShips and fighters.  The Roc's fearsome capabilities and imposing appearance earned it the designation of Warbird, something which both the Ravens and Falcons approved of when it was discovered.  It should be noted that the first Roc encountered was in service to the Turkina Keshik and thus was painted in the typical bright green and yellow of the Keshik and this may well have helped coin the Spheroid name that was apparently in reference to an ancient Terran entertainment show.


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Class/Model/Name:  Roc Gunship
Tech:              Clan / 3050
Vessel Type:       Aerodyne DropShip
Rules:             Standard

Mass:              1.900 tons
Length:            73 meters
Power Plant:       Standard
Safe Thrust:       7
Maximum Thrust:    11
Armor Type:        Ferro-aluminum
Armament:         
    6 ER Large Laser
    4 ER Medium Laser
    4 Large Pulse Laser
   13 Medium Pulse Laser
    4 LRM 20
    2 LRM 15
    4 Streak SRM 6
    8 Gauss Rifle
    4 LB 5-X AC
   12 AMS

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Class/Model/Name:  Roc Gunship
Mass:              1.900 tons

Equipment:                                                            Mass 
Power Plant, Drive & Control:                                          811,50
Thrust:  Safe Thrust: 7
      Maximum Thrust: 11
Structural Integrity: 14                                               133,00
Total Heat Sinks:    85 Double                                          45,00
Fuel & Fuel Pumps:                                                     255,00
Bridge, Controls, Radar, Computer & Attitude Thrusters:                 15,00
Fire Control Computers:                                                 25,50
Armor Type:  Ferro-aluminum  (1.544 total armor pts)                    62,00
                           Standard Scale Armor Pts
   Location:                            L / R
   Fore:                                491
   Left/Right Wings:                 351/351
   Aft:                                 351

Cargo:
   Bay 1:  Cargo (1) with 2 doors                                      156,00

Escape Pods:  2 (7 tons each)                                           14,00

Crew and Passengers:
      3 Officers (Steerage)                                             15,00
      2 Crew (Steerage)                                                 10,00
      9 Gunners (Steerage)                                              45,00
Weapons and Equipment      Loc        SRV    MRV    LRV    ERV  Heat    Mass
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4 ER Large Laser           Nose     4(40)  4(40)  4(40)  4(40)   48     16,00
4 Medium Pulse Laser       Nose     3(28)  3(28)     --     --   16      8,00
4 LRM 20+Artemis(48 rounds)        Nose     5(48)  5(48)  5(48)     --   24     28,00
2 Gauss Rifle(48 rounds)   Nose     3(30)  3(30)  3(30)     --    2     30,00
2 AMS(48 rounds)           Nose        --     --     --     --    2      3,00

2 Large Pulse Laser        L/RW     4(41)  4(41)  2(20)     --   40     24,00
  3 Medium Pulse Laser                                           24     12,00
2 Gauss Rifle(48 rounds)   L/RW     3(30)  3(30)  3(30)     --    4     60,00
2 AMS(48 rounds)           L/RW        --     --     --     --    4      6,00
2 LB 5-X AC(80 rounds)     L/RW      1(6)   1(6)   1(6)     --    4     36,00

1 ER Large Laser           L/RW(A)  1(10)  1(10)  1(10)  1(10)   24      8,00
2 Streak SRM 6(30 rounds)  L/RW(A)  2(24)  2(24)     --     --   16     16,00
2 AMS(48 rounds)           L/RW(A)     --     --     --     --    2      6,00

4 ER Medium Laser          Aft      3(28)  3(28)     --     --   20      4,00
2 LRM 15+Artemis(32 rounds)        Aft      2(18)  2(18)  2(18)     --   10     11,00
2 Gauss Rifle(48 rounds)   Aft      3(30)  3(30)  3(30)     --    2     30,00
2 AMS(48 rounds)           Aft         --     --     --     --    2      3,00
3 Medium Pulse Laser       Aft      2(21)  2(21)     --     --   12      6,00
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TOTALS:                                              Heat: 258       1.900,00
Tons Left:                                                                ,00

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost:        512,992,800 C-Bills
Battle Value:      14,482

Tons Per Burn Day: 1.84


design put together by Maingunnery and Cryhavok101 with my thoughts and input

Thoughts and comments about the craft and its fluff are most welcome!  Art may well follow when Plogs a bit less busy.
« Last Edit: 22 April 2018, 13:54:34 by marauder648 »
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #1 on: 22 April 2018, 11:40:38 »
I like it

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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #2 on: 22 April 2018, 11:43:49 »

Nice work on that fluff marauder!  8)
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #3 on: 22 April 2018, 12:37:41 »
Very nice ship, probably the only things I'd change would be to increase the number of heat sinks and add one more ton of AMS ammo.  And this is mostly just to make sure the AMS can target more incoming missile flights, and be a bit longer lasting - but then pre-REVIVAL, this might not be as prevalent an idea.

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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #4 on: 22 April 2018, 12:42:42 »
Very nice ship, probably the only things I'd change would be to increase the number of heat sinks and add one more ton of AMS ammo.  And this is mostly just to make sure the AMS can target more incoming missile flights, and be a bit longer lasting - but then pre-REVIVAL, this might not be as prevalent an idea.

That was my thought too, but she really suffices, the AMS is there to just get her in range, and as she can outrun damn near any assault and quite a few heavy fighters, she can get in accurate range quickly.
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #5 on: 22 April 2018, 12:45:26 »

And this is the Clans, so no nuclear warheads on any capital missiles, and thus the armor is good enough to withstand some hits.
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #6 on: 22 April 2018, 13:05:12 »
That too :) And I'm glad ya folks like :)
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #7 on: 22 April 2018, 21:02:11 »
LRM-15's and LRM-20's... that's my only complaint. Even in different arc's it always irk's me to see different sized weapon bays of similar weapons.

But that's just a personal thing not really a design flaw or anything: lovely fluff and interesting ship.

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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #8 on: 23 April 2018, 02:36:26 »
LRM-15's and LRM-20's... that's my only complaint. Even in different arc's it always irk's me to see different sized weapon bays of similar weapons.

But that's just a personal thing not really a design flaw or anything: lovely fluff and interesting ship.

Perfectly understandable and I don't like it when I see mismatched launchers on Mech's or vehicles, but in this case it was out of a desire to both save a bit of weight and to be not entirely uniform in its armament.
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #9 on: 23 April 2018, 22:51:46 »
Not enough Ultra/20s.  Why carry a gauss on a 7/11 platform?   :drool:

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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #10 on: 24 April 2018, 00:35:19 »
AFAIK ultras and RAC's don't jam on DropShips, and really it was personal preference, fitting ultras instead of gauss would mean the ship would have to get close to use its firepower and you don't want to get too close to a WarShip or other DropShip, so she's built to fight at range,along with all the other Clan ASF designs.
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #11 on: 11 May 2018, 10:25:27 »
Might o suggest one minor fluff change. The info sent back by the Dragoons would have been common knowledge by now throughout the clan council. This ship is a direct acknowledgement of the difference in sphereiod and clan planetary assault tactics. One could argue that these reports directly informed this ships design. Rather than the Star Adder design which was based on experience gained during the invasion. It be nice to see someone was actually listening to what the Dragoons told them.

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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #12 on: 11 May 2018, 12:06:08 »
Ooh I like that idea, makes a lot of sense :D
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #13 on: 17 July 2018, 00:27:41 »


The CJF Iron Eagle and CJF Fighting Falcon having detached from the CJF Golden Merlin are seen here leaving orbit over Trell I.  The Iron Eagle has yet to fold her wings for space flight.  Although this is not needed, it somewhat reduces the ships profile in space and is necessary for docking.  The CJF Fighting Falcon has folded her wings and has fully translated to space flight.

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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #14 on: 17 July 2018, 15:26:11 »
I bring a goodie for all.... :drool:

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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #15 on: 17 July 2018, 16:09:11 »
You are too good to us kind Sir :D
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Re: Roc Assault DropShip
« Reply #16 on: 28 July 2018, 11:22:39 »
Very nice art

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« Reply #17 on: 29 July 2018, 01:06:17 »
Very nice art

Thank you :D Matt nailed the idea I had for it :)
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