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The General War: Glorious class Battlecruiser
« on: 06 October 2022, 22:01:24 »
Intended to replace the Black Lion (in role if not initially in classification) the Glorious was originally planned as an 850,000 ton fast light cruiser, which would provide screening and primary scouting for the battleships in a major fleet engagement. Designed to emphasize speed and firepower over protection and transport capacity, the plans quickly ran afoul of Admiral of the Fleet Jannissa Franklin's audits of the Terran Hegemony Navy, particularly due to the Glorious' broad similarity in design to the new Kimagure class pursuit cruiser, another ship currently in development. Capable of the same movement profile and roughly the same throw weight, but less resistant to damage, less strategically mobile, and requiring a larger crew to operate, the Glorious seemed completely surplus to requirements next to the Kimagure. Claims that the both ships were intended to do different jobs fell on deaf ears when it was (correctly) pointed out that the Kimagure could just as effectively do the Glorious' job as well simply by building more Kimagures instead of setting up production runs in parallel for an inferior alternative.

Admiral Franklin had not completely disregarded the Glorious, however. With a massive arms race brewing across the entirety of the Inner Sphere, she felt there was still room in the fleet for the Kimagure and the Glorious. The Glorious just needed a little work to stand out.

Now officially designated a battlecruiser, the revised plans for the Glorious call for an increase in mass to 1.2 megatons, bringing the Glorious closer in line with the battleships it is intended to operate alongside. The extra mass has in turn gone into a heavier gun battery, sharing an almost identical number of weapons mounts with the original design, but relying on heavier main guns, twenty heavy naval gauss guns, two more than carried by the mighty Farragut class. Four clusters of naval lasers, totaling thirty six guns, provide secondary firepower, supported by twenty one white shark missile tubes. This combination of ranged fire with the ship's inherent maneuverability makes the Glorious a particularly effective long range fencer, a capability enhanced by its large flight deck, able to carry six squadrons of aerofighters as well as five assault dropships.

Below the surface, the greatest and least apparent change to the Glorious since its redesign is its overall hull design. A deep evaluation of the original plans for the Glorious class suggested that the design as originally laid out showed potentially critical problems in its overal structural design and the mounting systems for its gauss batteries. It was soon concluded that had the Glorious been built to its original specifications, it would at best have suffered disproportionate wear and tear on main structural members and its weapons arrays, in turn requiring disproportionate amounts of yard time for regular overhauls and maintenance. At worst, gun batteries and structural elements may have outright failed under combat conditions and hard maneuvering, which could have potentially cost hundreds of crew their lives. The levels of negligence necessary to allow these flaws to pass so deep into the design process was enough for Admiral Franklin to expand her audit not only to the navy's ships, but the procurement process as well, and there have already been several arrests for corruption among both civilian contractors and military officers. What this means for the Glorious in particular is an additional year spent redesigning the enlarged hull to ensure it meets the standards Admiral Franklin expects. While the Glorious is still a fairly lightly built design, it will at least be soundly built when it finally emerges from the shipyards.

The delays involved in redesigning the ship, changing to a less criminally negligent shipyard, and the associated criminal investigations means the first ten ships of the class have only recently been laid down, and work on the new ships is proceeding slowly as engineers continue to go over the design, looking for additional flaws. The first ships are not expected to be ready for service until mid 2582 at the earliest, and in the short term their position in the fleet is being assumed by the first run of the improved Avatar and Congress classes. In the long term, the Hegemony plans to procure sixty glorious class ships, to be organized into uniform units assigned to line squadrons. At first pairs, then full divisions of six ships as enough new battlecruisers become available. Beyond those plans, little is known. It is noted however that the Glorious lacks a lithium fusion battery, which may hurt its interoperability with new Royal Sovereign class battleships when they enter service. Whether the Hegemony plans to update the Glorious or produce a newer (possibly larger) follow on at that point is unknown. 


Glorious class Battlecruiser
Mass: 1,200,000 tons
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Advanced)
Introduced: 2582
Mass: 1,200,000
Battle Value: 227,882
Tech Rating/Availability: E/E-X-E-X
Cost: 15,377,206,000 C-bills

Fuel: 5,000 tons (12,500)
Safe Thrust: 5
Maximum Thrust: 8
Sail Integrity: 6
KF Drive Integrity: 24
Heat Sinks: 893 (1786)
Structural Integrity: 50

Armor
    Nose: 178
    Fore Sides: 178/178
    Aft Sides: 178/178
    Aft: 100

Cargo
    Bay 1:  Small Craft (2)         1 Door   
    Bay 2:  Fighter (36)            4 Doors   
    Bay 3:  Cargo (20702.0 tons)    1 Door   

Ammunition:
    400 rounds of Heavy N-Gauss ammunition (102.5 tons),
    210 rounds of White Shark ammunition (8,400 tons)

Dropship Capacity: 5
Grav Decks: 2 (100 m, 100 m)
Escape Pods: 20
Life Boats: 30
Crew:  61 officers, 239 enlisted/non-rated, 77 gunners, 82 bay personnel      

Notes: Mounts 1,200 tons of ferro-carbide armor.

Weapons:                                      Capital Attack Values (Standard)
Arc (Heat)                                Heat  SRV     MRV     LRV      ERV    Class       
Nose (72 Heat)
2 Naval Gauss (Heavy)                     36   60(600) 60(600) 60(600) 60(600)  Capital Gauss
    Heavy N-Gauss Ammo (40 shots)
2 Naval Gauss (Heavy)                     36   60(600) 60(600) 60(600) 60(600)  Capital Gauss
    Heavy N-Gauss Ammo (40 shots)
FRS/FLS (810 Heat)
3 Capital Missile Launcher (White Shark)  45   9(90)   9(90)   9(90)    9(90)   Capital Missile
    White Shark Ammo (30 shots)
9 Naval Laser 55                          765  50(495) 50(495) 50(495) 50(495)  Capital Laser
RBS/LBS (117 Heat)
2 Naval Gauss (Heavy)                     36   60(600) 60(600) 60(600) 60(600)  Capital Gauss
    Heavy N-Gauss Ammo (40 shots)
2 Naval Gauss (Heavy)                     36   60(600) 60(600) 60(600) 60(600)  Capital Gauss
    Heavy N-Gauss Ammo (40 shots)
3 Capital Missile Launcher (White Shark)  45   9(90)   9(90)   9(90)    9(90)   Capital Missile
    White Shark Ammo (30 shots)
ARS/ALS (117 Heat)
2 Naval Gauss (Heavy)                     36   60(600) 60(600) 60(600) 60(600)  Capital Gauss
    Heavy N-Gauss Ammo (40 shots)
2 Naval Gauss (Heavy)                     36   60(600) 60(600) 60(600) 60(600)  Capital Gauss
    Heavy N-Gauss Ammo (40 shots)
3 Capital Missile Launcher (White Shark)  45   9(90)   9(90)   9(90)    9(90)   Capital Missile
    White Shark Ammo (30 shots)
Aft (1,575 Heat)
3 Capital Missile Launcher (White Shark)  45   9(90)   9(90)   9(90)    9(90)   Capital Missile
    White Shark Ammo (30 shots)
9 Naval Laser 55                          765  50(495) 50(495) 50(495) 50(495)  Capital Laser
9 Naval Laser 55                          765  50(495) 50(495) 50(495) 50(495)  Capital Laser
   
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Re: The General War: Glorious class Battlecruiser
« Reply #1 on: 07 October 2022, 02:29:06 »
All those White Shark launchers and no point defenses? ???

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Re: The General War: Glorious class Battlecruiser
« Reply #2 on: 07 October 2022, 08:52:32 »
All those White Shark launchers and no point defenses? ???

It's Terran Hegemony, you expect them to not have ALL of the capital weapons and not be completely defenseless against fighters and missiles?

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Re: The General War: Glorious class Battlecruiser
« Reply #3 on: 07 October 2022, 12:31:49 »
Better throw-weight than the FS's new general purpose battleship-at least until it closes to medium range.  Closer in, it's a question of what is masked and unmasked.  The cargo capacity is tiny, but the engines are huge, this thing can properly show a Defender who's king of fast.  But the armor is...slim for a ship of this weight, betraying origins as a 'Light Cruiser'.  Perhaps even a 'large light cruiser'?  It's nose is no better armored than the aft of the Malagrotta.

And these operate in squadrons of six?  Perhaps there will be something wrong with these bloody ships.
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Re: The General War: Glorious class Battlecruiser
« Reply #4 on: 30 October 2022, 00:09:29 »
This design is very hammers and eggshells.

It is at least fast which may be of value.

 

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