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Luxan

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Akula II
« on: 21 July 2019, 14:16:28 »
Overview:
Two advanced Akula prototypes, dubbed the Akula II class, were encountered in
the fight to liberate Terra from the Word of Blake. While, combating the twelve
Wyrm SDS Submersible Fortresses occupied most of Operation SCOUR's sub hunting
forces, the Akula II prototypes were less threatening, but also harder to
combat. Smaller, harder to detect, and more mobile, the last Akula II, the Open
Aggression
remained in operation until 3083, when it was finally sunk off the
coast of South Africa.

Capabilities:
The armament of the Akula II is identical to the original Akula class subs.
Twelve Pirahna missile launchers and two turrets with 60 long-range torpedo
tubes each. However, the differences in hull construction and supporting
features are considerable. The most obvious was the addition of twelve vehicle
bays, allowing the Akula II's to act as small carriers. The two prototypes
encountered carried a full compliment of Manta Fast Attack Submarines, which
they would deploy as a screening force to intercept and harrass enemy attack
craft. Six bay doors to the aft of the ship meant that a full Level II of
Mantas could be deployed simultaneously. The vehicle bays also featured a mobile
field base so that any damaged Mantas could be repaired between engagements.
Also, while the original Akulas were known for their considerable speed and
maneuverability, the Akula IIs were even faster. With a top speed over 80 knots,
they were difficult to pursue. In fact, the Akula IIs were even capable of
outrunning their own Mantas.

The less obvious improvement to the Akula II's, but arguably more innovative,
was in it's hull construction. As normal, they employed a double hull, but a
full-scale Harjel system occupied the space in between the hulls. This meant
that any hull breach could be rapidly sealed as long as the hull was still
otherwise intact. However, this experimental system appears to have been rushed
to deployment, as it necessitated a switch to less bulky but less resilient
armor. While mostly not a concern when submerged, certain larger weapons could
punch through the armor. While any resulting hull breach was quickly sealed by
the Harjel, this put internal systems at additional risk of damage. This flaw
was instrumental in the capture of the first Akula II prototype, the Vitriol,
when, forced to re-air, a strike from a Gauss Rifle disabled its engine.

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Type: Akula II Missile Submarine
Technology Base: Inner Sphere
Movement Type: Naval (Large, Template D)
Cruise Speed: 97.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 151.2 km/h
Equipment Rating: F/X-X-F-X
BV: 65,653
Cost: 333,043,718 C-bills
Mass: 23,000 tons

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Equipment                     Type                 Mass 
-------------------------------------------------------
Chassis/Controls:                               4,645.5
Engine/Trans:                 Fusion            8,797.5
    Cruise MP:  9
    Flank MP:   14
Fuel:                                               0.0
Turret (Hex #2):                                    3.0
Turret (Hex #5):                                    3.0
Armor Factor (BAR 9):         1,239                58.5

                     Internal    Armor
                     Structure   Factor
    Front            41          180
    Front R/L Side   41/41       165/165
    Rear  R/L Side   41/41       165/165
    Rear             41          149
    Turret 2         41          125
    Turret 5         41          125

========================================================
Weapons & Equipment                  Location       Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------
12 Pirahna Missile Launchers           Body      1,200.0
360 Piranha Missiles                   Body      3,600.0
4 LR Torpedo-15                      Turret 2       28.0
Ammo (LRT-15) 96                       Body         12.0
4 LR Torpedo-15                      Turret 5       28.0
Ammo (LRT-15) 96                       Body         12.0
Remote Sensor Dispensor                Rear          0.5
Angel ECM Suite                        Body          2.0
Advanced Fire Control                  Body        126.0
Vehicle Harjel                         Front         1.0
Vehicle Harjel                      Front-Right      1.0
Vehicle Harjel                      Front-Left       1.0
Vehicle Harjel                       Aft-Right       1.0
Vehicle Harjel                       Aft-Left        1.0
Vehicle Harjel                         Aft           1.0
Vehicle Harjel                       Turret 2        1.0
Vehicle Harjel                       Turret 5        1.0


Crew: 10 officers, 26 enlisted, 34 gunners, 60 bay personnel
Cargo:
    3,271 tons standard                    1 Door (Front)
    600 tons 12 Light Vehicle Bays         6 Doors (Rear)
Notes: Features Submersible Chassis and Control Modification,
    1 field kitchen (3 tons), 7 escape pods (49 tons),
    60 crew quarters (420 tons), 10 officer quarters (100 tons),
    MASH unit (1 theater, 3.5 tons), communications equipment (10 tons),
    mobile field base (20 tons)

maxcarrion

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Re: Akula II
« Reply #1 on: 22 July 2019, 09:41:02 »
Now that is a beast to take down.  3 really solid changes that really wreak havoc with an imagineer attempting to sink it.

Tech F fusion engines taking up over a third of the boat - I mean - I "could" lay down a faster hull using the same level of tech to hunt it but it really would be built specifically to hunt this boat.

The Harjel is both game changing and ludicrous - Just 8T to protect a 23KT boat is magical and massively increases the amount of LRTs it would take to sink from dozens to hundreds.  Definitely a game changing technology for large naval support vessels receiving fire beneath the waterline

The 12 Manta's - well, my money would be on 12 Marlin II if they went up against each other in anything even approaching open water but they're definitely a substantial additional barrier.  Should you be able to find tighter terrain like underwater canyons the Manta's could possibly swing the balance with their shorter range firepower. 

I would definitely say that the Akula II would be a substantially harder target to hunt and I would be a lot less confident in the chances of success of an Imagineer.

Luxan

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Re: Akula II
« Reply #2 on: 22 July 2019, 11:58:18 »
The Harjel is both game changing and ludicrous

Yes, I know. I feel dirty using it this way, but those are the rules as written.
It even feels ridiculous in the combat vehicle setting where a 10-ton vehicle can be protected for the same mass as a 100-ton vehicle. The mass of the Harjel system should really be tied to the mass of the vehicle in some way, IMHO.

maxcarrion

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Re: Akula II
« Reply #3 on: 24 July 2019, 04:22:02 »
Yes, I know. I feel dirty using it this way, but those are the rules as written.
It even feels ridiculous in the combat vehicle setting where a 10-ton vehicle can be protected for the same mass as a 100-ton vehicle. The mass of the Harjel system should really be tied to the mass of the vehicle in some way, IMHO.

But is it really that much dirtier than spamming LRT-5s to force Breach Rolls :p

 

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