Zu-99 class Ground Assault Craft

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Zu-99 class Ground Assault Craft
Imperial Sunburst-Sun-IISS-Traveller.gif
Non-canon fan design.
Type: FA [[Ground Assault Craft]]
Agility TBD
Also see Ground Assault Craft
Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 0 Tons
Cost MCr137.45 (base)
MCr109.96 (discounted)
Crew 2
Enlisted 0
Officers 2
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull [[TBD Hull]]
Illustration No
IOC No information yet available.
Jump J-0
Maneuver 5 G
Manufacturer Central Republic Design Bureau, Hanlon Central Treaty Defense Committee
Marines 0
Model No information yet available.
Origin Jurisdiction of Nadon
Passengers 0 High/Med 1 Low
QSP No information yet available.
Reference Fan: Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Size 90 Tons
Size-cat Smallcraft
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–10
USP FA-0605A41-400000-01000-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Central Republican Zu-99 class Ground Assault Craft is a combatant smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

These are a lighter class of System Defense Boat, and after a series of disappointing trials and the crash and subsequent loss of two prototypes, the design went into limited production. As production times increased, the cost over runs began to mount. They were eventually sent for duty aboard the four Euphrates Rio class Fleet Tenders. The TL–10 military design was required to resist ground fire and be capable of dual environment combat within the atmospheres of gas giants, terrestrial planets and in space for the fleet requirements of the Jurisdiction of Nadon.

A pair of experimental Granger Photonics plasma guns were fitted. This line of research was not well tested in battle, and it took some time to work out the bugs. The crews assigned had very little experience with these weapons. Originally they were massed into a single battery to simplify fire control requirements. Late in development it was determined that a gunner should be added to the crew. This required that the small craft stateroom be shared in a hot bunking arrangement to stretch life support resources on the cramped vessel. This has not proven to be a wildly popular class feature. The streamlined flattened sphere hull was modeled from a popular civilian interface cargo shuttle design common among Jurisdiction starports. The added mass of thick layers of hull armor dramatically altered the formerly nimble flight characteristics. The acceleration rating dropped to 5 Gs. Additionally complex fire control software was required so both plasma cannons could engage separate targets. There was no place for a fiber optic back up system for the notoriously EMP sensitive PDE systems. These weapons excelled in close support for ground forces and as point defense versus enemy missile attacks.

Unfortunately, it necessitated a dangerous change in flight attack patterns. The ships are required to close to point blank range to engage enemy shipping. And while the armor is descent against routine ground fire and offers some protection to vital systems, it doesn't render them immune to massed weapon batteries. At this point the power plant doubled in size and costs sky rocketed, to cope with the demands of the model 4 computer, the plasma guns and the agility. Extensive maneuver packs were fitted to restore maneuverability and evasive agility. A hero, warrior-poet, a famous Lieutenant Colonel was lost in battle tragically. In the aftermath of the media firestorm, more hull armor was shed and an emergency low berth was installed. This was intended to allow the emergency evacuation of wounded soldiers from forward outposts and battalion aid stations. The tragic side effect is that the four wounded veterans all share the same fate upon revival attempts which can doom or save them all.

Image Repository[edit]

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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) when necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull The Zu-99 class is constructed using a 90 Ton hull built in a saucer configuration. The hull is fully streamlined, giving a good atmospheric performance assisted by its onboard gravitic systems. It is equipped with fuel scoops.
  • The vessel is fitted with 1 airlock.
2. Crew x2 personnel. 1 pilot, and 1 weapons system operator.
  • Small Staterooms: 1 (double occupancy).
  • Emergency Low Berths: 1
    • 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 are multiple emergency lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Maneuver-5 drive and a Power plant-10, giving performance of 5-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 5. There is fuel tankage of 9 Tons, giving the power plant 4 weeks duration.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/4: no backup computer is installed.
  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment, a basic sensor array, and an avionics suite.
  • It has a transponder unit that can be deactivaed on command.
  • It is equipped with a sophisticated ECM package.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Zu-99 class is:
  • Dual Granger Photonics plasma cannons in fixed mountings.
7. Defenses The hull is plated, structurally reinforced, and built with secure bulkheads and compartments, utilising Hendricks' Hullwerks "Collapsium" hull armor that gives it a High Guard armor rating of 4.
  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
8. Craft The vessel carries no dedicated subcraft.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel is not fitted with fuel purification equipment.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr137.45
  • Architects Fee: MCr1.375
11. Construction Time 36 weeks 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 The vessel has no cargo capacity.
  • Six in service.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Central Republic Design Bureau, and the Hanlon Central Treaty Defense Committee tried and failed to reach a consensus. And yet, the order was contractually required to be completed lest hefty fines be levied. So under protest, the design bureau designed and built the infamous Central Republican Zu-99 class Ground Assault Craft. They were granted treaty protected access to the unified Hanlon Boatyards and tonnage was set aside for their use. Raw materials arrived and work proceeded. As required by the Jurisdiction, on the planet of Hanlon (B624776-A) the Central Treaty Defense Committee made sure to build the required number of 90 ton warships.

Operational History: Fleet procurement complains that these boats are over priced for their size. The Central Republican Design Bureau was forced to incorporate hull armor systems, electronics and experimental weapons into a tried and true civilian cargo saucer design. The freakishly huge power plant leads to a high radiated thermal signature and it is infamous for its cooling issues. Once the painful development process was completed, skilled crews can make effective use of the design in a close support role for ground forces. They can fly combat support patrols around the tender to enhance its defensive fire power and intercept attacking missile salvos and fighter strikes. They can dog fight but the lack of acceleration and agility prevent them from excelling in that role.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Smallcraft - Fighter:

  1. Type TBD class Fighter
    1. Asia class Scout

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.