Dagger

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Dagger
Production information
Manufacturer Johnston Industries
Production Year 3062[1]
Model DAR0-1
Class Light
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 45
Structural Integrity
Frame Johnston Rapier Mk. VII
Power Plant GM 225 XL
Fuel 5 tons
Armament

Primary Configuration

Communications System ChatterComm 224
Tracking & Targeting System RCA Instatrac Mk. XIX
Heat Sinks 11 Double Heat Sinks
BV (1.0) 1,559[2][3]
BV (2.0) 1,802[4]

Description[edit]

Finally recognizing the need to modernize their aero corps after its decimation during the Clan Invasion and Operation Guerrero, the Dagger is the first AFFC OmniFighter design.

The AFFC finally began a rapid modernization program after a disastrous loss to the more modern fighters of Hell's Black Aces Mercenary unit over Zurich, with Johnston Industries responding with the then-radical concept of an OmniFighter. Proving more complex than expected, the Dagger was delivered two years late but immediately impressed the AFFC's Department of the Navy. The Dagger fought with distinction throughout the FedCom Civil War, primarily reaching anti-Katherine units in the Federated Suns.[2]

The use of an GM SuperFusion 225 XL Engine and fourteen tons of Kallon AeroWeave Ferro-Aluminum give the Dagger good protection, speed and maneuverability for its weight while freeing up 18 tons of pod space for weapons, though like many OmniFighters it pays the price in only carrying ten Double Heat Sinks on its base chassis.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The primary Dagger configuration is built around a nose mounted Rotary AC/5 and paired ER Medium Lasers in each wing. Three tons of autocannon ammunition and an additional double heat sink allow this fighter to fully unleash its deadly weapons at close range.[2]

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alt. Config. A 
    The A configuration avoids the ammo-dependence of the primary by mounting two ER Medium Lasers in the nose supported by two Large Lasers, one mounted in each wing. A Targeting Computer makes the lasers highly accurate, while three additional double heat sinks strive to keep their heat under control. BV (1.0) = 1,486[2][5] BV(2.0)=1,581[6]
  • Alt. Config. B 
    An unusual variant, the B config carries an LB 10-X AC in the nose supported by twin ER Medium Lasers in each wing, with an ER Small Laser mounted aft to fend off pursuit. Two tons of reload allows LB-X autocannon to utilize both standard and cluster munitions, frighteningly effective in crippling a fighter in vacuum with a lucky hit against a canopy or engine. BV (1.0) = 1,345[2][7] BV(2.0)=1,561[8]

Variants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Dagger
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 140-141, "Dagger Fighter Profile"
  3. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 69
  4. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 243
  5. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 70
  6. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 244
  7. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 71
  8. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 245
  9. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 246
  10. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 247
  11. Experimental Technical Readout: Davion, p. 11

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