Cerebrus class Strike Fighter
|Cerebrus class Strike Fighter|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: FC Microfighter|
|Also see||Strike Fighter|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr27.900 (base)|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||Fan: Ade Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Cerebrus class Strike Fighter is a combatant smallcraft.
- It is a paramilitary ship and a fighter.
- This is a generic class of smallcraft.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
- Please also see AAB article: Warships of the Distant Fringe.
The Strike Fighter is a cheap, reliable vessel designed to precisely engage enemy units. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled. It is defined as a microfighter due to its small size.
- The vessel is a TL-8 design.
Basic Ship Characteristics
Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) when necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||This Strike Fighter is constructed using an 8 Ton hull built in a generally wedge-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving giving improved atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: 2
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a Maneuver-5 drive and a Power Plant-5, giving performance of 5-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 5. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant almost 5 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||The vessel is fitted with a Model/2 Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament|| The normal weapons fit-out for a Strike Fighter is:
The Strike Fighter is equipped with an Auto-Cannon in a fixed forward-facing mount.
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1.2 Tons.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr27.900.
|11.||Construction Time|| 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||The vessel has no internal cargo capacity.|
An ubiquitous design used throughout the Distant Fringe, the Strike Fighter is cheap, durable and reliable. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems and onboard electronics. Despite their status as space fighters, designs of this type have airframe features, augmenting their handling characteristics within planetary atmospheres.
Memoirs of a Pilot
The role in which these vessels excel is the precise delivery of ordnance, on target, over time. Naval wisdom holds that "the better the payload delivery, the better the rate of mission success". The extra crew space is dedicated to a wizard of electronic warfare: this guy calls the shots, making the pilot a glorified chauffeur.
The ability to ensure that the package gets delivered to the battle space and that enemy ordnance is left confused and disoriented is vital for the survival of larger navy and commercial vessels. To decoy, jam and disable enemy weapon volleys and get rounds on target with laser guided accuracy is of paramount importance. The need for mission success means that formations of Strike Fighters often have dedicated Escort Fighters assigned to ensure they arrive intact and ex-filtrate to fight again. The covering escorts are considered expendable while Strike Fighters are not.
Strike Fighters target designate at extreme range for fleet barrages, ship to ship and/or surface bombardments. They launch follow-me loads, targeting drones with brilliant sub munitions and captor beacon mines to interdict key targets. Fleet software packages can ensure their missile fire missions arrive in higher battery strength as a merged salvo. The density of the converged warhead sheaf overloads enemy point defense and helps ensure target saturation.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Individual vessels are generally named by their crews.
- Individual vessels within the class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes.
- Naming a ship is considered a serious affair and is generally accompanied by a traditional ceremony, usually pouring a local beverage over the bows of the craft. Spacefarers tend to be superstitious folk and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
Strike Fighters are mass produced commercial fighter craft, made from standardized components and assembled in class A and B starports of TL-8 or greater across the region. A range of different hull shapes are available but two main variants have become standard:
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
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