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Unicorn Fighter Interceptor

A general purpose fighter for use by the Royal Space Navy
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Name: Unicorn Class Fighter
Rosebourg Royal Forces Registry: 000-UNI-000 to 054-UNI-280
Fighters Constructed To Date: 54,280
Last Refit & Modifications to Specs: Hyperdate: 492.01.15
Current Mission Assignment of Class: Fighter-Interceptor
Construction Sites: Takran Fightercraft Construction Post 01 through 10

Brief History on the Creation of the Class
The Unicorn Class fightercraft was developed as a general purpose fighter-interceptor that would be able to operate from a variety of platforms and be able to do a variety of mission ranging from offensive strike to defensive patrols. The Unicorn class fightercraft series was launched in the early 2470s, receiving several upgrades through the 2490s.

Key to the Unicorn Class fightercraft series was the development of agility and speed. Not particularly well armed, the Unicorn Class fightercraft compensates this with aggressive speed and a sturdy hull that allows it to do maneuvers few other fightercrafts are able to do. She appears to eye as a slick, stealthy-looking fighter and is easily recognizable by the single point that comes out of its nose.

Length: 015 meters
Beam: 012 meters
Height: 01 deck (005 meters)

Crew Capacity
Maximum Crew Capacity: 002 copilots, 001 reconnaissance officer + 001 evacuated crewmembers
Regular Crew Capacity: 001 pilot, 001 reconnaissance officer (if applicable)

Ion Drive System
Ion Drive Manufacturer: Heliotrope Engines
Ion Engine Model: Mach Jay-Zelle III
Normal Cruising Speed: 30,000 kilometers per second
Maximum Cruising Speed: 31,300 kilometers per second
Emergency Speed: 33,000 kilometers per second
Maximum Speed: 32,000 kilometers per second
Destructive Speed: 33,005 kilometers per second

Defensive System
Counter Measures:
Countermeasure Manufacturer: Kwahyrrehc Weapons, Navak III
Countermeasure Type: Altoise
Countermeasure Range: 25,000 kilometers
Countermeasure #: 2 (maximum 4)

Anti-Missile/Torpedoes Interceptors:
AMT Interceptors Manufacturer: Kwahyrrehc Weapons, Navak III
AMT Interceptors Type: Jonarche
Interceptors Range: 25,000 Kilometers
Interceptor #: 2 (maximum 4)

Laser System
Manufacturer: Kwahyrrehc Weapons, Navak III
Model: Larisa Alpha
Output: 100 megawatts
Number of Laser Turrets: 2 (1 fore, and 1 aft)

Multi-Ordinance Systems
Modular Ordinance Hardpoints:
The Unicorn 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 hardpoints. 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 megawatts 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 & 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 targeter 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-megawhatts laser discharges, a devastating effect. A smaller package, the SCF-22/3 module, with 8 222 Kilogram LGP/EB-14s (Equal to 19 50-megawhatts 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 megawatts. 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 centimeters 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 kilometers. 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
Manufacturer: Heliotrope Engines
Model: Mach Jay-Zelle III - Afterburner upgrades

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.

Deck Analysis
01 Decks
Deck 01: Flight and Weapons Control Cockpit

Various Information
The 2470s saw a realization in the Rosebourg Monarchy's military hierarchy that something had to be done about the weaknesses that existed within the Rosebourg Monarchy's fightercraft capabilities. Due to the fact that the Rosebourg Monarchy's economy was only showing faint signs of recovery at its extended depressional state, the Rosebourg Monarchy chose to endorse a limited, and non ambitious plan to create a new fightercraft.

The fightercraft's mission statement stated it would be a fightercraft interceptor, capable of being launched from a variety of platforms ranging from destroyers to planetary installations. Multi-atmospheric, the fightercraft would also be able to operate in all weather types, and would be able to land without the need of a large landing strip similar to a hover-craft. The Unicorn fightercraft was thus supposed to fill holes which would normally be filled by many different types of fightercrafts.

Significant upgrades were completed to the MOH technology in 2487, the Rosebourg Legionnaires having reported significant software problems with the MOH technology in the first 100 deliveries. The Unicorn-B, produced post 2487 have incorporated these upgrades both at the software and actual deployment hardware level. In 2492, prior to the collapse of the Organization for Interstellar Peace, the fightercraft was also upgraded with a variety of technological upgrades from the Terran Democratic Republic and the Luna Minoris Confederacy significantly improving the weapons and speed capabilities of the small craft.

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