Comitatus

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Comitatus Class JumpShip
Production information
Manufacturer unknown (Clans)
Use Fighter carrier
Tech Base Clan
Cost ?
Introduced 2995
Technical specifications
Mass 250,000 tons
Length 680 meters
Sail Diameter 1150 meters
Fuel 460 tons (1,150)
Burn Rate 39.52
Top Thrust 0.1 g
Sail Integrity 4
KF Drive Integrity 5
LF Battery None
Armament 6 ER Large Lasers, 6 ER Medium Lasers, 2 ER PPCs, 6 Large Pulse Lasers, 6 Medium Pulse Lasers, 12 Anti-Missile Systems, 2 Gauss Rifles, 2 Ultra AC/20, 12 LRM-20 with Artemis IV FCS, 6 Streak SRM-6.
Armor 119.5 tons (Improved Ferro-Aluminum Armor)
DropShip Capacity 1
Crew 45 crew
Grav Decks 1 x 95 meters diameter
Escape Pods/Life Boats 4 Life Boats
Heat Sinks 122 (244)
Structural Integrity 1
BV (1.0) 6,354[1]
6,384[2]
BV (2.0) ???


Description[edit]

Conceived by Clan Snow Raven as a transport with four Hardpoints, the original Comitatus design suffered from a flawed hydraulics system. In 3035 the design was completely changed into its current form, from a heavily armed transporter to a fighter carrier that could defend Jump Points in the fashion of a light WarShip. This concept of mobile firebase proved successful and within ten years, the majority of all existing Comitatus class vessels were converted to the new specifications.[1][3]

Armament[edit]

The Comitatus blurs the distinction between civilian JumpShips and WarShips. Although it technically falls into the former category, it outguns Corvettes or smaller Destroyers and its ferro-aluminum armor is exceptionally heavy for a JumpShip. As a designated fighter carrier it is equipped with 20 fighter bays holding two Stars of OmniFighters, and five assault shuttles in a separate shuttle bay.[1][3]

Cargo[edit]

The upgraded Comitatus design can carry 769 tons of cargo. It can accomodate 25 fighters (or 20 fighters and 5 small craft), and a Star of battle-armored Elementals.[1][3]

Variants[edit]

The original concept was a heavily armed and armored trader with four Hardpoints. Problems with the hydraulics system led to the two aft Hardpoints being removed on most of these, and replaced with cargo space. A few of these early Comitatus prototypes with either four Hardpoints or two Hardpoints and increased cargo capacity may still exist.[1][3]

There is no known variant of the Comitatus class since it was redesigned into a Fighter Carrier.

Named Vessels[edit]

(See Category:Individual Comitatus-class JumpShips)

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, pp. 114-115, "Comitatus Profile"
  2. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 272
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Technical Readout: 3057, pp. 116-117, "Comitatus Profile"

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