Interceptor Class III-IV Patrol Ship


Notes - circa 2286:

     While long time rivals Orinco Shipbuilders and Rigellian Starworks continued to try and create the ultimate in light, powerful patrol vessels, little known Emerald Fleet Design completed design work on the sleek and sexy Interceptor class. By the end of 2261, the Interceptor was officially adopted by the BPC as a general use craft.
     The model A-1 was specifically sold to the Orion government with express capability to engage the ever expanding pirate fleets and was touted as being able to engage Klingon and Federation vessels twice it’s size. And indeed, the A-1 was a dangerous opponent even in small groups. The standard OWA-1, which was rapidly becoming the most marketable warp drive produced by the Orions, gave the Interceptor excellent power far beyond it’s size. The large impulse drive also gave the A-1 its legendary speed and maneuverability. The small ships main weapons consisted of three disruptors that could easily be focused against shielded targets. A light torpedo, believed to be a redesign of a Klingon torpedo systems, gave the A-1 firepower that proved deterrent to most pirates. The A-1 would remain in general production until 2275.
     But by 2268, the Federation and Klingons were both fielding more powerful vessels. The Interceptor no longer had the firepower advantage it had enjoyed for years, and several planetary governments had already sold their early models. The A-2 was proposed in 2269 and the first models purchased by the BPC and the OFMA in 2272. The second model proved as sleek as the original, and included an additional forward disruptor. But the additional cost proved somewhat prohibitive. Emerald Fleet also discovered that the internal arrangement could not easily be rearranged to handle the larger computer and extra weapon system. But the heavier torpedo system did keep the A-2 under construction until 2276.
     The final variant was commissioned by the government on Thirat who felt that a replacement for their armed gunboats was in order. While the BPC was somewhat uncomfortable with selling a vessel this powerful to the independent Thirats, few in the government thought that Emerald Fleet would not produce the vessels when Thirat offered the money. To counter, the BPC also funded several vessels and by 2281, Emerald had contracts for over 25 vessels.
     The B-1 is by far the most powerful of the Interceptor designs. The OWA-2 was use to provide more power for the weapons and defense systems with the immediate advantage of the OD-4 replacing the lighter OD-2. The new disruptors had twice the firepower and nearly twice the range, putting the B-1 on par with most Klingon destroyers of the era. The B-1 also incorporated a larger computer. Despite it’s significant cost, the B-1 is still the most popular among the legitimate governments of the neutral zones and triangle.
     Emerald Fleet Design reports that over 200 Interceptors have been built since 2260, officially including 116 A-1’s, 68 A-2’s and 22 B-1’s. To date, 6 A-1’s and 2 A-2’s have been destroyed. 9 A-1’s have been scrapped. While exact disposition of the remainder vessels is not known, it is know that 20 A-1’s and 4 A-2’s were sold to the IKS for trading rights. 35 A-1’s, 10 A-2’s and 2 B-1’s are in use by the OFMA. 16 A-1’s and 39 A-2’s are used by various planetary governments in the Orion Colonies. An estimated 30 A-1’s and 10 or more A-2’s are in use within the Triangle. Thisit and the BPC both field 10 B-1’s each. Surprisingly, the sleek look and heavy firepower of the Interceptor does not lend itself to efficient raiding. The cargo hold is almost exclusively designed for supply storage. Never the less, a number of these vessels may be undocumented and operating as pirate ships along contested boarders.

 

Construction Data:            
     Model-    A-1    A-2    B-1
     Class-    III    III    IV
     Class Commission Date-    2260    2272    2280
     Number Produced-    116    68    22
Hull Data:            
     Superstructure-    6    7    11
     Damage Chart-    C    C    C
     Size:            
          Length-    80 m    80 m    80 m
          Width-    34 m    34 m    34 m
          Height-    21 m    21 m    21 m
          Displacement-    22,068 mt    24,408 mt    32,698 mt
Cargo:            
     Total SCU-    20 SCU    20 SCU    20 SCU
     Cargo Capacity-    1,000 mt    1,000 mt    1,000 mt
Equipment Data:            
     Computer Type-    Mark II    Mark III    Mark IV
     Transporters-            
          Standard 6-person-    1    1    1
          Cargo-    1    1    1
Other Data:            
     Crew-    8    8    9
     Passengers-    2    2    2
Engines and Power Data:            
     Total Power Available-    34    34    38
     Movement Point Ratio-    2/1    2/1    2/1
     Warp Engine Type-    OWA-1    OWA-1    OWA-2
          Number-    2    2    2
          Power-    15 ea.    15 ea.    17 ea.
          Stress Chart-    G/F    G/F    G/F
          Max Safe Cruising-    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 8
          Emergency Speed-    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 10
     Impulse Engine Type-    OIA-4    OIA-4    OIA-4
          Power Units-    4    4    4
Weapons and Firing Data:            
     Beam Weapon Type-    OD-2    OD-2    OD-4
          Number-    3    4    4
          Firing Arcs-    1 f, 1 f/p, 1 f/s    2 f, 1 f/p, 1 f/s    2 f, 1 f/p, 1 f/s
          Firing Chart-    J    J    T
          Maximum Power-    3    3    6
          Damage Modifiers            
               +3    (1-5)    (1-5)    (1-18)
               +2    (6-10)    (6-10)    -
               +1            
     Torpedo Type-    OP-4    OP-5    OP-5
          Number-    1    1    1
          Firing Arcs-    1 f    1 f    1 f
          Firing Chart-    H    Q    Q
          Power To Arm-    1    1    1
          Damage-    6    10    10
Shield Data:            
     Shield Type-    OSI    OSJ    OSJ
          Shield Point Ratio-    1/3    1/4    1/4
          Maximum Shield-    9    10    8
Combat Efficiency:            
     D-    94.1    122    135.7
     WDF-    7.7    13.1    26.3
       
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