Kilrathi Snakeir class Fleet Carrier (Wing Commander):


The Snakeir class fleet carriers in various forms served the Kilrathi Navy for a long period of time and were not replaced in front line service until the Battle of Earth. Later versions were slightly larger and were better armored and shielded. Whiel the ships are based on the same design, the later versions look quite a bit different. The Snakeirs class carrier could be considered the standard Kilrathi fleet carrier and were produced in larger numbers than any other carrier class. Even though most have been retired after the battle of Earth, many are still serving in second line duties. Three generations of Kilrathi fighters have served on the Snakeir class of fleet carriers. These carriers often act as flagships for massive Kilrathi fleets.


The original Snakeir class warship served as the Kilrathi Navy's primary fleet carrier during the Twenty-Six Fifties. While the Kilrathi carrier is only around half the tonnage of Confederation fleet carriers, the Snakeir class was able to carry around the same amount of fighters and bombers as the Confederation Bengal class fleet carrier. Around eighty fighters can be embarked onboard. Part of this comes from the fact that the Bengal class is heavier armed but the Snakeirs class are also much lighter armored and shielded than the Bengal class. As such the carriers are more vulnerable to being crippled than Confederation fleet carriers. As well, the fighter handling facilities are more limited than on Confederation carriers and turn around time of strikes is slower than on Confederation carriers. As well, the carriers are less able to perform extensive repairs on fighters. Due to the years of deployment of these carriers, Confederation Intelligence has determined that the carriers propulsion systems have been worn out. It is believed that the propulsion systems are cruder than those on Confederation carriers although acceleration is slightly greater than that of the Confederation Bengal class. It is believed that the Kilrathi had retired all original Snakeir class carriers before the Battle of Earth and put them in second line service. It is believed that all older Snakeir class carriers were put out of service when the later Snakeir II class carriers were put in second line service.


The improved version of the original Snakeir class fleet carrier is often called the Snakeir II class. It is believed that the first of the class was introduced in the early Twenty-Six Sixties and the served as the Kilrathi's standard fleet carrier from the time of their introduction until after the Battle of Earth. The carriers are slightly larger and carry a larger number of fighters, around 100 embarked craft vs 80 for the original version. The improved version still have the weakness of comparatively light armor and light shielding from the original version. While propulsion systems are improved compared to the original Snakeir class carrier, their long service has caused extensive maintenance problems. As well, a large number of the fleet carriers which survived until after Battle of Earth have been destroyed/cripple in recent battles. The new Bhantkara class carriers has all but replaced them on the front line and all remaining Snakeir II carriers have been delegated to backwater sectors, where they have been very successful in dealing with Confederation escort carrier raiding groups. Snakeir II fleet carriers are normally considered to be contemporary rivals of the Confederation Jutland class carriers.


Notes of game conversion:


Because of the nature of the Video Game / Novel series “Wing Commander” and the needs to put the starship into game mechanics, the starship has several modification compared to the Video Game and Novels. The most important change it to change top speed to acceleration. Like fighters in Star Wars and original Battlestar Galactica, the fighters appear to act as if they are in the atmosphere even when they operating in space. This is incorrect. The Television series Babylon 5 and the new Battlestar Galactic are good series to watch to get a clearer idea on how space vehicles would probably maneuver although still not a perfect perspective. The starship has been modified to uses my revised phase world starship rules and can hold their own against most C.A.F and Kreeghor starships.See Revised Starship Rules for Phase World / Three Galaxies for more details.


Model Type:SnakeirOriginal Version
Snakeir IIImproved Version
Vehicle Type: Fleet Carrier
Crew:Snakeir820 (64 officers and 756 enlisted)
Snakeir II880 (72 officers and 808 Enlisted)
Troops:Snakeir120 fighter pilots. Has flag facilities for up to 80 additional personnel
Snakeir II160 fighter pilots. Has flag facilities for up to 80 additional personnel


Vehicles:

SnakeirSnakeir II
Fighter Compliment:
3636Light Starfighters (Salthi / Sartha Light Fighters)
2424Medium Starfighters (Dralthi, Dralthi II, Krant, Drakhri Medium Fighters)
1624Heavy Starfighters (Jalthi / Gratha / Jalkehi Heavy Fighters)
012Heavy Bombers (Grikath Heavy Fighter / Bomber)
Other vehicles:


48General Purpose Shuttles


M.D.C. By Location:Snakeir:Snakeir II:
Triple Heavy Neutron Cannon Turret:800 None
Anti-Matter Guns (1):None2,000
Heavy Laser Cannon Turrets (10 or 6):300 each300 each
Light Point Defense Laser Cannon mounts (6):100 eachNone
Light Point Defense Mass Drivers (9):None120 each
Hanger Bays (2):1,500 each2,000 each
[1] Main Bridge:6,0007,500
[1] Auxiliary Bridge:6,0007,500
[2] Engineering section:12,00014,000
Main Engines (2):6,000 each7,000 each
[3] Main Body:24,00034,000
[4] Variable Force Field:2,000 side (12,000 Total)2,000 side (12,000 Total)


Notes:
[1] In reality this is how much damage needs to be done for a weapon to hit the bridge through the ship's armor. This ship also has an auxiliary bridge. Even if both bridges are destroyed, the ship can still be piloted from engineering but ship is -3 to dodge and all weapon systems will be at local control. Weapon hits near the bridge that do not penetrate the ships integrity can injure crew members on or near the bridge.
[2] Destroying the engineering section means that ship FTL propulsion systems are destroyed and maximum sublight acceleration is reduced to ten percent of normal (using navigational thrusters).
[3] Depleting the M.D.C. of the main body will put the carrier out of commission. All internal systems will shut down, including life support and internal gravity. The ship itself will be an unsalvageable floating wreck.
[4] Shields positions can be varied and all could be combined in one shield. Shields regenerate at the rate of 5% (600 M.D.C.) per melee.


Speed:
Driving on the Ground: Not Possible.
Sublight: Has a special sublight engine that allows the ship to travel up to 60 percent of the speed of light. Star Ship can accelerate/decelerate at the rate of 0.35 percent of light per melee.
Atmospheric Propulsion: The fleet carrier cannot operate within an atmosphere. If the ship enters an atmosphere, it will crash.
Stardrive: The fleet carrier mounts a jump drive which is capable of jumping instantly from a fixed point in a system to another fixed point in a system. These points are weaknesses in the fabric of space and have been mapped in most cases. Fuel is hydrogen which the escort carrier scoops from space to fuel the jump engine.
Maximum Range: Effectively Unlimited by either drive system. The carrier has about four years worth of supplies on board.


Statistical Data:
Length: Snakeir: 2,132.5 feet (650 meters), Snakeir II: 2,345.8 feet (715 meters)
Height: Snakeir: 597.1 feet (182.0 meters), Snakeir II: 618.4 feet (188.5 meters)
Width: Snakeir: 813.6 feet (248 meters), Snakeir II: 774.3 feet (236 meters)
Weight: Snakeir: 33,100 Tons (30,000 metric tons) fully loaded, Snakeir II: 55,100 Tons (50,000 metric tons) fully loaded
Power System: Fusion with a 20 year life span. The ship normally only goes 5 years between refueling.
Cargo: Cargo holds are scattered about the ship that allows for carrying up to 3,000 tons of cargo (5,000 tons in Snakeir II) in addition to standard compliment of supplies and ammunition. Each enlisted crew member has a small locker for personal items and uniforms. Ships officers have more space for personal items. Most of the ships spaces are take up by extra ammunition, armor, troops, weapons, engine, and other equipment.
Market Cost: The Original Snakeir class carrier costs around 20.5 billion credits to manufacture not including fighter compliment and later version cost around 26 billion credits not including fighter compliment. Fighter compliment cost approximately 2.6 billion credits.


WEAPON SYSTEMS:

  1. Snakier class Carrier:
    1. Triple Heavy Neutron Cannon Turret: This is a heavy mount which is larger than the standard mount carried on fighters and are longer ranged. On later generation vessels, such as the Confederation Gilgamesh class destroyers, these are replaced by anti-matter guns. The weapons are mounted near the nose of the destroyer and are the main anti-capital ship weapon of the vessel. They are shorter ranged than the anti-matter guns on later vessels but are longer ranged than standard neutron cannons. Weapons system has half the normal penalties to hit fighters and small targets as standard heavy anti-ship mounts.
      Maximum Effective Range: 6,213.7 miles (10,000 km) in space. and 31.07 miles (50 km) in an atmosphere.
      Mega Damage: 3D6x10+40 per cannon, 6D6x10+40 for two cannons, and 1D6x100+100 for all three cannons
      Rate of Fire: Equal to gunners hand to hand (Usually 4 or 5).
      Payload: Effectively Unlimited.
    2. Ten (10) Heavy Point Defense Lasers in Dual Mounts: Six total on top, bottom, port, and starboard sides. All can fire forward and aft. Each Turret can rotate 360 and has a 180 arc of fire. Individually more powerful than the lasers mounted on fighters and have a longer range. Compared to point defense weaponry carried on most starships within the Three Galaxies, the weapon mounts have a longer range.
      Maximum Effective Range: 4,971 miles (8,000 km) in space and 24.85 miles (40 km) in an atmosphere.
      Mega-Damage: 4D6x10 M.D.
      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the Gunner (usually 4 or 5).
      Payload: Effectively Unlimited.
    3. Six (6) Light Point Defense Lasers in Single Mounts: Ten total on top, bottom, port, and starboard sides. All can fire forward and aft. Each Turret can rotate 360 and has a 180 arc of fire. Weapon is equal to standard fighter laser mounts. Compared to most point defense weaponry carried on most starships within the Three Galaxies, the weapon mounts have a longer range.
      Maximum Effective Range: 3,106.8 miles (5,000 km) in space and 15.5 miles (25 km) in an atmosphere.
      Mega-Damage: 1D6x10 M.D.
      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the Gunner (usually 4 or 5).
      Payload: Effectively Unlimited
  2. Snakier II class Carrier:
    1. One (1) Anti-Matter Cannon Mount: Weapon is mounted on the front of the ship and is the main anti-ship weaponry of the carrier. Weapons can angle up to forty degrees to the sides and above and bellow the ship. The anti-matter cannons are extremely powerful and inflict heavy damage to other capital ships. The weapon is not designed to target fighters and has standard penalties against fighters and other small targets.
      Maximum Effective Range: 8699.2 miles (14,000 km) in space and 43.5 miles (70 km) in an atmosphere.
      Mega-Damage: 2D6x100 M.D.
      Rate of Fire: Four per melee
      Payload: Effectively Unlimited
    2. Six (6) Heavy Point Defense Lasers in Dual Mounts: Six total on top, bottom, port, and starboard side. All can fire forward and aft. Each Turret can rotate 360 and has a 180 arc of fire. Individually more powerful than the lasers mounted on fighters and have a longer range. Compared to point defense weaponry carried on most starships within the Three Galaxies, the weapon mounts have a longer range.
      Maximum Effective Range: 4,971 miles (8,000 km) in space and 24.85 miles (40 km) in an atmosphere.
      Mega-Damage: 4D6x10 M.D.
      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the Gunner (usually 4 or 5).
      Payload: Effectively Unlimited.
    3. Nine (9) Light Point Defense mass Driver in Single Mounts: Nine total on top, bottom, port, and starboard side. All can fire forward and aft. Each Turret can rotate 360 and has a 180 arc of fire. Weapon is equal to standard fighter mass driver mounts except has a higher payload. Compared to most point defense weaponry carried on most starships within the Three Galaxies, the weapon mounts have a longer range.
      Maximum Effective Range: 1,242.7 miles (2000 km) in space and 6.21 miles (10 km) in an atmosphere.
      Mega Damage: 2D6x10 per 20 round burst.
      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the Gunner (usually 4 or 5).
      Payload: 20,000 Rounds (1000 Bursts) per cannon.




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