The Argon Fleet

The ships in the DDTC Argon fleet

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The Argon Fleet

Postby Deadly » Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:03 pm

Argon Shipyard:

    + Victory (M1)
    The first Commonwealth Mega-Carrier, the new Argon Victory class can carry nearly a hundred heavy fighters into battle. Instead of the usual single launching bay, Victory possess three, enabling her to launch her fighter squadrons faster than any other carrier in operation. Despite her ultra-modern and compact power generators and other internal components, Victory's enormous hangars and her roomy cargo bay have required her to sacrifice both speed and hull armoring to compensate. While considerably better shielded than the older Colossus class, the Victory class is arguably better armed, with many of her turrets fitted to house the new Argon beam weapons currently in development. Argon Naval Command is counting on the Victory class to enable the Argon to achieve total fighter superiority on the battlefields of the future.

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    + Typhon (M2)
    Utilizing the new Organo-ceramic armor and the latest generation, ultra-compact power and shield generators, the new Argon Typhon Armored Destroyer has nearly twice the hull integrity and 50% greater shield strength than the older Titan class. Slightly faster than Titan, the Typhon has advanced targeting computers that allow her to mount many foreign heavy weapons, as well as experimental beam weapons. Typhon can externally dock up to three corvettes or freighters, for operational resupply or personnel transfer. A worthy replacement for the now slightly obsolete Titan class, the powerful new Typhon can both dish out and absorb tremendous amounts of damage in a firefight. Slightly more expensive than Titan, the Typhon has earned her place as the Argon Fleet's new heavy brawler for many jazuras to come.

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    + Charon M7 Mk (M7)
    Recognizing the shortcomings of the Cerberus class Frigates as anti-fighter flak platforms, the Argon High Command created the much smaller, but extremely tough Charon class as dedicated Flak Light Frigates. Closer in size to a corvette than a true frigate, the Charon class are still too large for station docking, and so are classified M7. With adequate 2GJ shielding, an extremely well-armored hull, and robust generators to power her juice-hungry Flak Artillery or Cluster Flak Array turrets, this new Argon Flak Frigate is best employed against targets no larger than corvette class. Operationally, Charon class vessels are placed just behind the main Argon battle line to shred incoming enemy fighter formations and missile volleys. Carrying four fighters internally for liaison and support, the Charon class sacrifices some cargo capacity as a result. A powerful defensive asset to any Argon fleet, the handy new Charon class will remain cutting edge for many jazuras to come.

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    + Apache (M6P)
    The replacement for the aging Centaur class, the Argon Apache Heavy Corvette possesses reasonable speed and handling characteristics, and outstanding firepower. This powerful ship carries eight front lasers--including the deadly Ion Shard Rail guns, which are becoming standard primary armament on most new Commonwealth corvette designs. She's also equipped with three double-laser turrets: located port, starboard, and aft that switch as needed between lighter anti-fighter weaponry, or heavy weaponry like Plasma Throwers for "drive-by" attacks on larger targets. The Apache carries 1GJ of shielding, and offers a single external docking slot.

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    + Halberd (M8)
    The revolutionary new Argon Halberd Heavy Bomber is setting off alarm bells at naval commands across the galaxy, as it is not known whether this new craft will prove to be powerful or pitiful in fleet combat. Essentially a cross between an M8 Bomber and a Jager-type M6 like the Paranid Achilles, the Halberd is constructed around two fixed-frontal Gauss Cannons for a direct-fire role. The usual bomber Tomahawk Heavy missile gives her stand off capabilities. With two anti-fighter turrets, heavy shielding and armoring, this rather ugly ship is well armed and armored. Her weakness is her extreme lack of maneuverability due to the recoil dampener needed to absorb the massive recoil from her Heavy Weapons, which makes her a sitting duck for enemy fighters and corvettes. In addition, her somewhat cramped hull limits the size of her missile magazine, and makes her extremely dependent upon a carrier for resupply. Intended to prey upon enemy capital ships, this controversial new heavy bomber is intended to operate in tandem with Hammer VHF’s. The Hammers will target enemy corvettes and frigates, leaving the Halberds free to concentrate on enemy capital ships.

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    + Cetus Mk2 (TL)
    With a speed faster than most pirate heavy fighters--and nearly 50% faster than the aging Mammoth, the Cetus Mk2 sacrifices only 9k of cargo space. With superior weapons and shield generators, and the capacity to finally mount the deadly Alpha Flak Cannon, the Cetus can use her speed to evade pirate heavy fighters and most corvettes--and obliterate any lighter fighters foolish enough to engage her. Her new modular hull design is somewhat weaker than Mammoth's, but it and her energy efficient components make her quite affordable, and a proud if not particularly attractive new addition to the Argon fleet.

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    + Hammer (M3P)
    Created as both a replacement for the unpopular Gladiator Bomber and as a corvette-hunting escort for the new Charon Flak Corvette, the Argon Hammer Very Heavy Fighter is an unusual design, a so-called "micro-corvette". Larger, better shielded--and far less maneuverable--than other M3+'s, the Hammer is still considerably weaker than even the lightest Corvette. The Hammer class's primary armament is a powerful fixed-frontal battery of six Ion Shard Railguns--for hunting corvettes and frigates. She also carries three defensive turrets: a very unusual quadruple Impulse Ray Emitter turret on her belly, and single Mass Driver turrets to port and starboard. And like the Gladiator M8 class, the Hammer has been specially fitted to carry the Tomahawk Heavy Missile, but without Gladiator's roomy missile storage magazine. Considered by many to be overgunned and underpowered, Hammer pilots must exercise extreme care managing an odd mix of energy-hungry weaponry.

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    + Starfury (M4P)
    The Argon Starfury Medium Fighter is a high performance M4/M3 hybrid--the galaxy's original M4+ prototype. Starfury's primary role is as an anti-fighter interceptor, with some heavy missile capabilities. Her primary armament is two frontal Gatling turbo Alpha Particle Accelerators, with total output comparable to eight of these weapons. These weapons lack the punch of heavier HEPT's--but more than compensate in superior muzzle velocity and rate of fire, which are 77% and 35% higher, respectively. This means that an agile Starfury is far more effective at actually hitting a fast-moving fighter than a heavier M3 class ship, and has the weapons power generation to sustain punishment to her target. Starfury also sports a light back turret--the first in an M4 fighter--for missile defense, and can equip heavier missile varieties usually found only in M3 class or larger. A dangerous fighter for dangerous times, the Argon Starfury has become the standard by which all other M4+'s are judged, including the Elite class designed in an unsuccessful attempt to replace her.

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    + Bruiser (M4)
    Having failed to create an affordable M3 for escort duty the Charon M7, the design team next turned to an M4 in hopes of keeping costs down. The Bruiser was the result. The ship is a spectacular fighter, with 50mj of shielding, large thrusters for high acceleration and top speed, and an extensive weapons loadout. However there was almost no room for cargo storage, and the hull plating was no more than could be found on many M5 class ships. Still, for the mercenary captain who can afford to through away ships and pilots, the Bruiser is the most powerful single-person fighter in it's class.

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    + Basilisk (TP)
    The recent jazuras of increasing Kha'ak and Xenon activity have seen heavy losses of even the most modern Express passenger transports. The response from the Argon Passenger Safety Authority is the bold new Argon Basilisk TP design. Both faster, better armored, and better armed than even the Advanced Express for a fractionally higher cost, the Basilisk also has advanced missile launching capabilities comparable to a corvette class vessel. Guaranteed to ensure that high value passengers and freight reach their destinations safely and ahead of schedule, Argon booking agents are betting on the new Basilisk to fully deliver.

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    + Cotton Tender (TS)
    The Cotton Class Long-range Tenders were essential in the maintenance and upkeep of the Argon Fleet during the Xenon wars. Converted to civilian use, these slow but sturdy ships have a large cargo capacity, and a heavier weapon loadout than typical TS class freighters. With 125MJ of shielding, two front lasers, and a dual-laser rear turret, these ships are often used for transporting goods in high-risk sectors.

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    + Electra (TS-SF)
    While based on the same hull design as the Cotton Tender, the new Argon Electra Super Freighter is a product of today's highly combat-oriented shipping market. With Kha'ak and Xenon raids on a steady increase, in addition to the constant losses inflicted on Argon shippers by the Yaki menace--the Electra is the answer. Essentially a light corvette geared more towards haulage than combat, the Electra combines a roomy cargo bay with powerful shielding, excellent speed, a well-armored hull, and powerful defensive weaponry. The Electra is the ideal ship--really the only ship--in today's hostile shipping climate, for ensuring that expensive, high technology cargoes make it to market unscathed. Fairly expensive for a TS class vessel, the Electra is worth every credit for Universe Traders dealing in high-value cargoes who are intent on surviving to a ripe old age.

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