Hornet class Medium Fighter
|Hornet class Medium Fighter|
|Type: FM Medium Fighter|
|Architect||Ronald B. Kline, Jr.|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Origin||Bain Defense Squadron|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|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.
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.
General Description & Deck Plans
No information yet available.
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) where necessary. 
|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).
|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.
|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.
|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|
|11.||Construction Time|| 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments|| Standard cargo capacity amounts to 0.33 Tons: it functions as a magazine for additional missiles.
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
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Selected Variant Types & Classes
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis), Captain, and Lead Naval Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr. of the Imperial Navy
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science