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Gepard class Express Courier
Gepard-class-Express-Courier-Thumbnail-Tom-Mouat 04-July-2019d.jpg
Express Courier
Type: XCF Express Courier
Agility Standard 2
Emergency 4
Also see Communications Vessel
Architect Tom Mouat
Blueprint Yes
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 12.0 Tons
Cost MCr109.110
Crew 4
Enlisted 2
Officers 2
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 2
Hull Wedge Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC 1112 IC
Jump J-4
Maneuver 4 G
Manufacturer Ling Standard Products
Marines 0
Model Model/2 fib
Upgrades to support Jump-4 performance
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 0 High/Med
2 Low
QSP XCF-BA44
Reference Fan: Tom Mouat
Size 200 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Lifting Body Hull
Tech Level TL–13
USP XCF-21444B1-240000-40000-0
The Starship is designed using Mongoose Traveller, with notes allowing it to be used across a variety of other Traveller rules sets.

The Gepard class Express Courier is a communications starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The vessel has a lifting body hull and a modified wedge hull shape. It can accelerate at 4 G and conduct Jump-4 jumpspace transition. It is equipped with fuel scoops, a small fuel purification plant, and can perform wilderness refueling. It is equipped with a Model/2 fib ship computer, capable sensors, and an extensive military electronic suite.

  • It carries a single triple Beam Laser turret, firing as an independent battery. It also carries a single triple Sandcaster turret as well as light titanium armor plating.
  • There are no subcraft. It does have docking hatches for other craft or ships.
  • There are four crew and no marines. The crew positions are pilot, navigator, medic/gunner, and engineer. The ship is sometimes used to transport small squads of operatives. [1]

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Gepard-class under spaceflight.
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General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

  1. A deck plan schematic for a Gepard-class vessel.
    Gepard-class-Express-Courier-Deck-Plan-Tom-Mouat 04-July-2019c.jpg

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. [2]

Basic Ship Characteristics [3]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull The Gepard class is constructed using a 200-Ton hull built in a wedge configuration. The hull is a lifting body shape, giving excellent atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by the vessels onboard gravitic systems.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • The craft has an airlock located directly aft, between the two maneuver drive units. The cargo hold is accessed by a forward dorsal hatch that serves as a landing ramp.
  • The vessel has sturdy retractable landing legs, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 4
  • x2 Command, x1 Engineering, and x1 Gunnery, who also serves as the ship's medic.
    • In the event of hostilities a member of the command crew acts as an auxiliary gunner: their primary function is to confirm decisions made by the computer, which directly controls the onboard defensive systems.

Accommodations
There are x4 Staterooms.

There are x2 Low Berths located in the main engineering space.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Jump Drive-4, a Maneuver Drive-4 drive and a Power Plant-4, giving performance of Jump-4, 4-G acceleration and producing 8 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2 and an emergency agility of 4. The dedicated internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one jump-4 and gives the power plant 2 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section forms the majority of the available internal space and has multiple controls and workstations.
  • The jump drive utilizes a hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 fib computer with specialist upgrades allowing it to support performance of up to Jump-4: the ship does not have a backup computer.
5. Hardpoints x2 hardpoints.
  • The battery arrangement is considered standard for the class. Alternative weaponry may be designated for specific missions.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for the Gepard class is:
7. Defenses The hull is braced, structurally reinforced and has Titanium Steel plating.

x1 triple Sandcaster turret, firing as an independent battery.

The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.

8. Craft / Drones The vessel carries no subcraft and has no internal hangar space.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 96 Tons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr109.110.
11. Construction Time 44 weeks (9 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Remarks Standard cargo storage amounts to 12 Tons.
  • The hold can be sealed and isolated.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Not long after the end of the Fifth Frontier War, the IISS approached the Naval Architects at Ling-Standard Products about an upgrade to the standard Type-S Scout/Courier. The IISS was seeking an upgrade to the speed in-system as well as the jump range. The IISS wanted to expand the cargo hold from 4.0 tons to 12.0 tons for priority supplies, increase the ability to defend itself by doubling the hardpoints, increase the crew so a steady watch could be maintained and most importantly, veteran scouts wanted a ship that did not smell like roadkill if the air handling filters were not changed regularly. The end result was the Gepard class. [4]

Ling-Standard, along with Clan Severn signed a long-term contract in 1111. The first prototype was launched in Rhylanor by 1112. This design was transmitted to the rest of the LSP network immediately. By 1116, Gepard-class Courier production was in full swing. [5]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

The ships of this class are named after swift animals (...usually pouncers) from around the Imperium. The ship class, Gepard, is named for a species of pouncer native to the Lamarck system (3024 Solomani Rim). The word means "Cheetah" in the ancient German language of the Solomani of Terra. [6]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Express Courier:

  1. Type XC class Courier Vessel
    1. Gepard class Express Courier

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. An unpublished factoid written by Tom Mouat & Maksim-Smelchak
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  3. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Mark McCabe
  5. An unpublished factoid written by Mark McCabe
  6. An unpublished factoid written by Ade Stewart