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Mariposa Strike Fighter

The Monarchy's first stab at developing a capable dog fighter
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Name: Mariposa Class Fighter
Rosebourg Royal Forces Registry: 000-MAR-000 to 100-MAR-000
Fighters Constructed To Date: 100,000
Last Refit & Modifications to Specs: Hyperdate: 489.04.16
Current Mission Assignment of Class: Strike Fighter
Construction Sites: Takran Fightercraft Construction Post 01 through 15

Brief History on the Creation of the Class
The first strike fighter ever developed by the Rosebourg military, the fightercraft was the first Rosebourg fightercraft billed to be worthy of a dog-fight between her and other fighters of her age. She has since been maintained as the core fightercraft of the Rosebourg military, being a decent and dependable model that was equipped with the some of the best Rosebourg fightercraft weapons technology of the time.

The Mariposa class fighter has had 100,000 models constructed, two generations of the craft were built, one which was equipped aboard most starships the Mariposa-A is incapable of atmospheric re-entry, but has a much more powerful engine. The Mariposa-B is capable of atmospheric re-entry and has been affectuated amongst land batallions of the Rosebourg legionnaires.

Length: 012.5 meters
Beam: 016 meters
Height: 01 deck (004.5 meters)

Crew Capacity
Maximum Crew Capacity: 001 pilot
Regular Crew Capacity: 001 pilot

Ion Drive System
Ion Drive Manufacturer: Heliotrope Engines
Ion Engine Model: Mach Triad IV
Normal Cruising Speed: 27,220 kilometers per second
Maximum Cruising Speed: 30,300 kilometers per second
Emergency Speed: 30,500 kilometers per second
Maximum Speed: 30,750 kilometers per second
Destructive Speed: 30,800 kilometers per second

Defensive System
Counter Measures:
Countermeasure Manufacturer: Zsakul Weapons Consortium, Triad XI
Countermeasure Type: Ericson
Countermeasure Range: 22,000 kilometers
Countermeasure #: 2 (maximum 2)

Anti-Missile/Torpedoes Interceptors:
AMT Interceptors Manufacturer: Zsakul Weapons Consortium, Triad XI
AMT Interceptors Type: Orangepunt
Interceptors Range: 21,000 Kilometers
Interceptor #: 2 (maximum 2)

Laser System
Manufacturer: Zsakul Weapons Consortium, Triad XI
Model: Larisa-Omega
Output: 105 megawatts
Number of Laser Turrets: 2 (2 fore)

Multi-Ordinance Systems
Modular Ordinance Hardpoints:
The Mariposa 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 Triad 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
The 2450's saw significant increases in fightercraft research and development. Rosebourg fightercraft advocates had found a spokesman in one Lieutenant General Douglas MacIntyre whose eloquence and reasoning gained him the support of the Crown. With the development of the MOH technology in the 2450s and successful trials on earlier fightercraft models in service at the time, the Rosebourg military gave the go-ahead for the development of a strike fighter that would have the MOH integrated within its weapon's systems.

The first Mariposa came out of the production line in 2453. It was billed as a cheap and sustainable substitute to the starships, as they could protect individual systems with greater numbers. The argument never flew, but the Mariposa fightercraft performed well on key peacekeeping missions within space controlled by the Rosebourg Monarchy. Its popularity, due to its dependability and ease-of-use, earned it the "Easy Posa" nick-name which has since stuck within military slang. 126,000 orders for the Mariposa fighter were given between 2453 and 2501, though 26,000 of those orders were cancelled in favor of more destroyers.

Significant upgrades were completed to the MOH technology in 2487, the Rosebourg Legionnaires having reported significant software problems with the MOH technology following the development of the Unicorn class fighter-interceptor. Software upgrades have been progressively given to all 100,000 models. Further upgrades are not envisaged for the Mariposa class fighter-interceptor, as a new Mariposa II class fightercraft is expected to be developed by 2509.

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