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Zachary Fighter-Bomber


The Monarchy's sole fighter-bomber offers a dependable solution for the Legionnaires
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in The 26th Century > Space Vehicles & Facility > Fightercrafts > Rosebourg Monarchy
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Vitals
Name: Zachary Class Fighter
Rosebourg Royal Forces Registry: 000-ZAC-000 to 063-ZAC-720
Fighters Constructed To Date: 63,720
Last Refit & Modifications to Specs: Hyperdate: 492.01.15
Current Mission Assignment of Class: Fighter-Bomber
Construction Sites: Takran Fightercraft Construction Post 05 through 10

Brief History on the Creation of the Class
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.

Dimensions
Length: 015 meters
Beam: 030 meters
Height: 01 deck (005 meters)

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

Ion Drive System
Ion Drive Manufacturer: Heliotrope Engines
Ion Engine Model: Mach Swallow IV
Normal Cruising Speed: 25,000 kilometers per second
Maximum Cruising Speed: 25,300 kilometers per second
Emergency Speed: 25,400 kilometers per second
Maximum Speed: 25,500 kilometers per second
Destructive Speed: 25,525 kilometers per second

Defensive System
Counter Measures:
Countermeasure Manufacturer: Kwahyrrehc Weapons, Navak III
Countermeasure Type: Falcon Hulp
Countermeasure Range: 27,000 kilometers
Countermeasure #: 4 (maximum 6)

Anti-Missile/Torpedoes Interceptors:
AMT Interceptors Manufacturer: Kwahyrrehc Weapons, Navak III
AMT Interceptors Type: Eagle Rijk
Interceptors Range: 27,000 Kilometers
Interceptor #: 4 (maximum 6)

Laser System
Manufacturer: Misbruikte Weapons, Kinderen I
Model: FA-18C Laser
Output: 75 megawatts
Number of Laser Turrets: 2 (1 fore, and 1 aft)

Multi-Ordinance Systems
Modular Ordinance Hardpoints:
The Zachary Class fighter-bomber incorporates the Modular Ordinance Hardpoint (MOH) technology, standard on all Rosebourg fightercraft designs dating post-2450. The MOH allows ordinance "modules", pre-loaded with weapons, to be installed in the hardpoints. A computer chip comes with each module, interfaces with the fighters computer, and tells the computer the exact capabilities of the weapons package. Zachary weapons package vary slightly from its fighter-interceptor counterparts in that all its packages are designed to heavy targets.

# 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 megawhatts 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 Carpet 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 heavy ships. The development of the Larisa LLL/FF-13 missiles allow for the Zachary's 5th package to be slightly different from her fighter interceptor counterparts. The guidance system is a laser targeter that locks onto the target, and adjusts the missile's trajectory based on information it gathers from the fighter bomber, its own sensors, as well as the Raven's Roost of the home vessel. The Larisa missiles produce an explosive force off 100 50-megawhatts laser discharges and are devastating to the hull of a battleship. They are however, larger and slow missiles of which only 2 can fit aboard a single fighter-bomber.

Special Systems
Manufacturer: Heliotrope Engines
Model: Mach Swallow IV - 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
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.

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