Aquarius

Aquarius is ship launching in foreground, the Lyonesse small craft launches in background with it.
Aquarius (Escort)
Production information
Manufacturer Andurien AeroTech
Use Surface-to-Orbit Escort
Type (Shape) Military Aerodyne
Tech Base Inner Sphere Standard
Cost  ???
Introduced 2515
Technical specifications
Mass 200 Tons
Structural Integrity 8
Length 20 Meters
Engine (Type) Fusion
Safe Thrust 4
Maximum Thrust 6
Fuel 6 tons
Burn Rate
Armament 2 x Large Lasers
2 x LRM 10s
2 x SRM 6
4 x Medium Lasers (2 rear)
Armor  ????
Heat Sinks 32
Crew 6
Passengers
BV (1.0) 1,912
BV (2.0) 2,510[1]
2,263[2]



Description[edit]

The Aquarius was first introduced into service in 2515, after the success of its older counterpart, the Lyonesse. It is a large small craft designed to escort spacecraft from a planet's surface to orbiting WarShips or space stations.[1]

Despite having a limited fuel capacity, the ship has been given balanced firepower and heavy armor that rivals many DropShips and Aerospace fighters. The Aquarius was highly sought out craft for its time.[1]

However, surface-to-orbit escorts were eclipsed by newer heavy weight Aerospace fighters and some newer designs of DropShips.[1]

The Aquarius and its sister class, Lyonesse, designs were revisited during the early years of the Jihad, where they were upgraded with new technology for other uses in the conflict.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The ship's principal weaponry includes a pair of Long Range Missile launchers with 2 tons of ammunition. The launchers are augmented by a pair of large lasers for medium range targets. The craft has a Six-tube Short-Range Launchers with medium laser in both wing section. To protect the craft's aft, it has been given an additional two medium lasers.[1]

The ship's fusion engine has been given a maximum thrust of 6, with six tons of fuel.[1]

Variants[edit]

  • Aquarius-M1 
    A Jihad era variant, the Marik variant replaces all its lasers with Extended-Range models. The ship is given a larger engine to improve the craft's speed. BV (2.0) = 2,568[3]
  • Aquarius W1 
    This is a Word of Blake variant that was produced in the early years of the Jihad. The Aquarius is changed from an escort craft to a mobile artillery battery, using Arrow IV artillery missiles launcher while grounded. The Blakist variant's armor type is changed out for Ferro-Aluminum while still maintaining same armor protection. Also the ship's engine is altered to increase the ship's speed. BV (2.0) = 2,698[4]

Related Aerospace Small Craft[edit]

Notes[edit]

Originally published in the Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, the Aquarius' maximum thrust was listed as 8 instead of the 6 listed in later Technical Readout: 3075. The general rule of Catalyst Game Labs cites new publications trumps older one, this case the older thrust ratio is changed.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Technical Readout: 3075, p. 268, "Aquarius & Lyonesse"
  2. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 183
  3. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 184
  4. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 185

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