Mk 41 Mod 0 class Torpedo

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Mk 41 Mod 0 class Torpedo
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Type: UD Torpedo
Category Smallcraft
Size 0.003 Tons
Hull Configuration Cylinder Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–10
Computer Model/TBD
Jump J-0
Maneuver 8 G
Hardpoints 0
Staterooms 0
Crew 0
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 0 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Third Imperium
Year Operational Unknown
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCrX
Architect fee MCrKhan trav
Blueprint No
Illustration No
Also see Drone
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

Mk 41 Mod 0 class Torpedoa are guided projectiles designed to detonate near a target in order to inflict damage on it.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Mk 41 torpedo is a large guided Naval missile. It is designed to be launched from weapons bays, specially constructed vehicles, or surface facilities (usually referred to as missile silos). The payload compartment of a standard Mk 41, located in the nose, houses a powerful focused force warhead. This space can be easily reconfigured to hold custom payloads or nuclear devices.

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Mk 41 Mod 0 Torpedo[edit]

A shipboard heavy missile manufactured at TL-9.

  • It is rated as a 4G4 limited burn, radio and IR sensing, proximity detonator, high explosive focused force warhead missile.
Basic Torpedo Characteristics
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The torpedo has an overall length of 2m, a maximum diameter of 0.533m, and a contained internal volume of approximately 0.045 Kiloliters (equivalent to slightly more than 0.003 starship Tons). It is built in a cylinder configuration and is constructed from lightweight alloys and composite materials. It is fully streamlined and has small airfoil surfaces, improving its atmospheric performance.
  • It has a total mass of 100 kg.
  • It is rugged and durable and is able to withstand stresses in excess of 8G.
2. Performance The torpedo is fitted with a limited burn Solid Fuel Rocket propulsion system and can achieve a maximum of 4G acceleration. The exhaust outlets can be angled, allowing the vector to be adjusted during spaceflight.
  • The torpedoes acceleration can be increased but it cannot be reduced.
3. Electronics The torpedo does not have an independent guidance system: it is controlled directly by the Gunner.
4. Armament The normal payload for the torpedo is a 20 kg Focused Force warhead.
  • The warhead is fitted with a proximity detonator.
5. Defenses The torpedo is unarmored and is not fitted with defensive systems.
6. Fuel System The torpedo carries 64 kg of solid propellant. The fuel is segregated into 4 increments (burns), permitting the motors to be turned off and restarted if desired.
  • For simplicity, each burn is considered to last for approximately 4 minutes and to use approximately 16 kg of fuel.
  • Each burn increases the torpedoes acceleration by 1G.
7. Cost The basic cost of the torpedo depends on the Tech Level at which it was manufactured.
  • At TL-8 the torpedo costs Cr44,100.
  • At TL-9 (the design TL), the torpedo costs Cr29,400.
  • At TL-10 the torpedo costs Cr26,460.

The torpedo is a standard design. Detailed schematics and architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.

8. Comments The torpedo is usually contained within a bay launch chamber that has a length of 2.1m and a diameter of 0.54m. The housing includes integral test circuitry and the launch mechanism, consisting of containers of compressed gas that push the torpedo clear as the rocket motor ignites.
  • The torpedo is loaded directly into the bay launch chamber.
  • Specialized equipment, such as a hoist, is required to move a torpedo between storage and the bay.

Different manufacturers give their torpedoes distinctive surface finishes, though flat dark gray is typical.

  • Individual components of the torpedo carry serial numbers and markings. Many models bear corporate logos.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Mk 41 Mod 0 Torpedo is a large guided missile originally developed for service with the Imperial Navy. It is an older design and is no longer generally issued to front line units, though they are in use with Subsector and Planetary navies. The type is reliable, extremely durable, and can be easily modified to carry a variety of payloads.

The Mk 42 Recon Drone is a recon version of the Torpedo.

The Mk 41 originally appeared in the Trouble in the Spinward Marches (CT) Play By Email Campaign. The design presented in this article varies from the original specifications of the device used in that game.

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