Hornet class Medium Fighter

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Hornet class Medium Fighter
Solomani Logo large.gif
Solomani vessel.
Type: FM Medium Fighter
Agility X
Also see Spaceplane
Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 0.33 Tons
Cost MCr51.072
Crew 1
Enlisted X
Officers 1
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull Needle Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Unknown
Jump J-0
Maneuver 6 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/2 Flt
Origin Bain Defense Squadron
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP FM-2A60
Reference Fan: Alegoric
Size 23 Tons
Size-cat Smallcraft
Streamlining Airframe Hull
Tech Level TL–10
USP FM-0106B21-500000-00002-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Hornet class Medium Fighter is a combatant smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Hornet class Medium Fighter was designed for service with the Bain Defense Squadron, the space force of Bain, a world lying in Spica Sector and a member of the Solomani Confederation. Though the carriers are tiny by the standards of most Solomani Confederation vessels they are occasionally called upon for Confederation service.

The Hornet is a missile platform: it generally stands off at long range and sends in barrages of missiles. Squadron tactics and massed fire are used, when possible, to help compensate for the less powerful computer performance. When they are engaged close in, the Hornets agility and armored hull offer good protection. The cockpit contains an acceleration couch that is designed to be used in conjunction with a vacc suit: the cockpit is depressurized during during combat. The lack of crew accommodations curtails its operational endurance, generally limiting it to rapid strike sorties before returning to the carrier to rearm, refuel and recharge life support. They frequently operate alongside the related but lighter Aurora class Fighter.

  • The vessel is a TL-10 design.

Image Repository[edit]

J0 23 Ton Fighter.jpg
A Hornet class Fighter.

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The Hornet class is constructed using a 23 Ton hull built in a needle configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving excellent atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: x1 Officer (the pilot).

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. Individual sections of the hull can be sealed off.
  • There is an emergency locker.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Maneuver-6 drive and a Power Plant-11, giving performance of 6-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 6. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section is controlled by the pilot. The machinery is not accessible.
4. Electronics There is a cockpit containing a pilot's acceleration couch. Adjacent to the cockpit is a Model/2 computer that functions as a Model/1 due to the lack of a bridge: No backup computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
  • The listed battery is the standard configuration for the class. Alternative weapons systems may be installed for specific missions.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Hornet class is:

x3 fixed missile racks, firing as a single battery.

7. Defenses The hull is heavily plated, braced and structurally reinforced, with an armor rating of 5.

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

8. Craft The vessel carries no subcraft.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 2.53 Tons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr51.072
  • Architects Fee: MCr0.511
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price per unit to MCr40.858.
11. Construction Time 24 weeks (5.5 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. Comments Standard cargo capacity amounts to 0.33 Tons: it functions as a magazine for additional missiles.
  • Typically x27 additional missiles are carried.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Hornet class Medium Fighter serves with the Bain Defense Squadron, the space force of Bain, a Solomani world lying in Spica Sector. It operates alongside the Aurora, Constellation and Retaliator classes of Fighters. While these elegant and purposeful Fighters are considered somewhat hard to handle and do not support extended duration missions, their overall performance is very good and they are popular with their crews.

The Hornet mounts the locally designed and manufactured Misery Blue anti-shipping missile. The warhead is considered underpowered, the weapon system as a whole barely passed its proofing trials, and the design is prone to problems with its guidance systems. A number of examples of the Hornet class have been sold to neighboring worlds: they are generally refitted with standard Solomani weapons packages.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Smallcraft - Fighter:

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. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.