Zachary Fighter-Bomber

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Highlights

Flag State: Rosebourg Monarchy
Civilian Ship: No
Type: Fighter Bomber
Purpose: Forward Assault

Key Figures

Length: 15 m
Width: 30 m
Height: 5 m
# built: 63,720
Crew: 2 (max 3)
Compartments: 1

Comparative Ratings

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Basic Description

At the request primarily of ill-equipped Royal Legionnaire forces, who were using fighter-bombers that were remnants of the Navak-Avran wars, the Rosebourg Royal Forces were given permission to develop a fighter-bomber which would be capable of multi-atmospheric flights and operations. The fighter-bomber would be shared by the three divisions of the Rosebourg military, thus the vessel had to be simple and easy to use.

The vessel's appearance is similar to its fighter-interceptor counterparts, though its wingspan is much wider in order to allow for heavier weaponry to be stocked inside the fighter bomber. The fighter-bombers are often escorted by fighter interceptors, as they have a much smaller capacity to defend themselves against other fighters.

At the same time as the Valeris class fighter-carrier development project was approved, the development of the Zachary Class fighter-bomber for use both by the Royal Legionnaires and the Royal Navy was granted additional funds. This allowed for the development of at least one new weapon's package for the MOH, and also for significant improvement of the fighter-bomber's structure - as it would need to be able to take a few more hits than her fighter-interceptor cousin.

The first Zacharies began operated for Royal Legionnaire bases that operated in ethnically sensitive areas. The Zacharies were first used as significant tools in the ongoing peacekeeping operations that the Rosebourg military are asked to undertake within the borders of the Rosebourg Monarchy. Zacharies' first taste of battle against the major powers took place during joint O.I.P. simulations, in the simulations, the Zacharies performed well. They have yet to be tested in real battle.

Significant upgrades were completed to the MOH technology in 2487, the Rosebourg Legionnaires having reported significant software problems with the MOH technology of the Unicorns in the first 100 deliveries. The Zacharies' software upgrades allowed them greater control of the weapons they fired, but there have been reports that the upgrades have caused more problems than they have solved. It is not uncommon for a Zachary's weapons to lock up, requiring significant repairs back at their home ship before the vessel can be re-used again.

Sub-Light Propulsion System

Manufacturer: Heliotrope Engines
Model: Mach Swallow IV
Normal Cruising Speed: 25,000 km/sec
Emergency Speed: 25,300 km/sec
Maximum Speed: 25,500 km/sec

Defensive Systems

Countermeasures and Interceptors

Counter Measures:
Manufacturer: Kwahyrrehc Weapons, Navak III
Type: Falcon Hulp
Range: 27,000 Km
Payload: 4 maximum: 6
Anti Missile/Torpedoes Interceptors:
Manufacturer: Kwahyrrehc Weapons, Navak III
Type: Eagle Rijk
Range: 27,000 Km
Payload: 4 maximum: 6

Laser System

Forward Laser Turrets: 1
Model: FA-18C
Manufacturer: Misbruikte Weapons, Kinderen I
Firing Arc: 180 degree(s)
Firepower: 7,5 TW
Aft Laser Turrets: 1
Model: FA-18C
Manufacturer: Misbruikte Weapons, Kinderen I
Firing Arc: 180 degree(s)
Firepower: 7,5 TW

Special Systems

Onboard System
Name: Multi-Ordinance Systems
Description of System:

The Zachary incorporates the Modular Ordinance Hardpoint (MOH) technology, standard on all Rosebourg fightercraft designs dating post-2450. It allows ordinance "modules", pre-loaded with weapons, to be installed in the hard points. An computer chip comes with each module, interfaces with the fighters computer, and tells the computer the exact capabilities of the weapons package.

#1 Package

This package is composed of 6 GP/EM-4 (Guided Laser/Explosive Missile) ship-to-ship/surface missiles. The GP/EM-4 carries a the equivalent of 12 laser discharges equal to 50 TW in its warhead. It is a guided "Fire-and-Forget" missile, meaning that once the pilot targets and fires the weapon, it will proceed to the target with no external help. The targeting device is an image-recognition camera mounted in the nose of the missile. It is best used against "soft" targets.

#2 and #3 Package

Composed of 4 431 Kilogram LGP/EB-18s (Laser Guided Phaser Explosive Bombs), this is used against "hard" stationary targets that are lightly defended, since it requires the fighter to get rather close. The guidance system is a laser aimer that locks onto the target, and adjusts the bombs glide path to make the hit more precise. The huge warhead is equal to nearly 95 50-TW laser discharges, a devastating effect. A smaller package, the SCF-22/3 module, with 8 222 Kilogram LGP/EB-14s (Equal to 19 50-TW laser discharges), is also available when the LGP/EB-18 could cause excessive collateral damage.

#4 Package

A space superiority package, designed for use against fighters and other small ships. Instead of bombs and ground attack missiles, this package includes the Space Intercept Missile One-Thirty-Two-D (SIM-132D) missile, a capable weapon, with a small warhead, a laser bomb equal only to 170 TW. This missile's first versions were activated for O.I.P. service, and served well. The SIM-132D uses an IIR seeker (Imaging Image Recognition- Images stored on a computer chip inside the missile are matched with what the imager in the missile sees and determines its target) but can be slaved to the TSP-76 sensor suite and pursue the sensor profile of that target. It measures 2.1 meters long, 26 centimetres in diameter, and weighs in at 97 Kilograms. It travels at about the same speed as a torpedo, but has a range of only 250,000 kilometres. The standard package includes 8 missiles, with wingtip rails providing mounts for two more missiles. However, carrying missiles on the wingtips increases the ships sensor cross section by 14%, eliminating many of the designs stealth features.

Special Systems

Onboard System
Name: Afterburner Upgrades
Model: Mach Swallow IV
Manufacturer: Heliotrope Engines
Description of System:
The afterburner upgrades, which are a standard component of any Rosebourg fightercraft allow for sustained maximum speeds of up to 10 seconds before a recharge is necessary. They are extremely important for giving the extra edge in speed that is so vital to fightercrafts.
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