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design by Eamon Watters
The go-ahead to manufacture the first two vessels in the series was given on 01/IX/1201, though it seemed that they would be the only vessels in the series to be manufactured, as political opinion on the member worlds of the ATEF-SDB consortium saw the external threat to their worlds as minimal. The Vampire attack on Nike Nimbus on 18/IV/1202 changed that opinion. The order for a complete production run was signed on 10/V/1202. The order is broken down for the individual worlds as follows :
The ship is of ovoid form, the armoured hull displacing 400 dT. It matches the 4G acceleration typical of the Shukugan SDB, with slightly less duration. The problem of g-compensation, which the Auroran compensator can only negate 2Gs of is dealt with by orienting the decks vertically with respect to the thrust vector. When at action stations, the g-forces experienced by the crew are well within standard tolerances. The ship has a good sensor suite, and countermeasures, including decoys. Weaponry consists of a 25 dT missile bay, which combined with the mfds is capable of salvoing 8 missiles rapidly at a foe, from a stock of 27. All these missiles are in ready-use cradles, meaning there is minimal loading time- vital in a heavy combat. The bay is located near the base of the ship, to ease re-supply on the surface. The secondary laser barbettes are located on the centreline, and have a good power rating and rate of fire. At right angles to these are the rapid-fire defence lasers, which are fired from their own dedicated mfds, these are an acceptable offensive weapon at close ranges. The mfds can also control the Barbettes, if the main directors are engaged with missile firing. Sand turrets fill out the defensive weaponry, one aft and the other forward, on opposite sides of the hull. At a cost of just over 309.9 MCr, this ship delivers at least twice the effectiveness of relic designs, for less than twice the price.
Nike Nimbus seems certain to be a future client, and her proximity to Eos should prove helpful in supporting the vessels. One program associated with the ATEFis the ATEF-SBS (Scout Base Support), which would make maintenance easier at RC Scout Bases. This would enable Nike Nimbus, Baldur and Lancer to operate the ATEFwith ease. Another associated programme is the ATEF-SILTS (Support Infrastructure in Lower Technology Systems). This involves modular maintenance facilities that would enable the ATEFto be easily supported in Systems of Tech Levels 7-9. Lucifer is the only likely customer within the RC, but Teldora, Xezor and other possible RC allies in the wilds are likely external customers. Officials suggest that future clients could purchase up to 50 units.
There are two production lines for the ATEF, one at Aurora Ship Building and Design, the other at Dawn Construction, Trybec. Eos and Fija provide components, mainly the tech 9 fusion plant, and also fit-out their own vessels. The only externally supplied equipment in these vessels are the sensors, MFDs and decoys, purchased from Aubaine.
With the first prototype set to make it's maiden run in little over a month, the safety of the Spinward Face of the Coalition will soon be assured, freeing up manpower and vessels to ensure our community grows, and survives.
ATEF System Defense Boat
|Displacement: 400 tons||Hull Armor: 101|
|Length: 22.03 meters||Volume: 5600 m3|
|Price: 309.9 MCr||Target Size: S|
|Configuration: SL Sphere||Tech Level: 9/12|
|Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 5720.3 / 5509|