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|Tech Base||Star League|
|Safe Thrust||2 g|
|Max Thrust||3 g|
|Fuel (tons)||75 tons|
|Fuel (days)||40.8 days|
|Armament|| 3x ER Large Lasers |
3x Large Lasers
12x Medium Lasers
3x Medium Pulse Lasers
1x Gauss Rifle
2x LRM-15s with Artemis IV FCS
1x LRM-20 with Artemis IV FCS
2x SRM-4s with Artemis IV FCS
2x SRM-6s with Artemis IV FCS
|Armor|| 43 tons Standard |
Sides: 15 Aft: 18
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||4/0|
|Heat Sinks||55 (110)|
Although technically a "mere" infantry carrier, the Nagumo is an impressively armed and armored DropShip for its size.
Recognizing the need for a modern infantry transport, DCMS officials approached a number DropShip manufacturers in the Combine. While not their first choice, Hinsdale's bid was selected because more preferred manufacturers were busy on other DCMS projects. With rushed development leading to a series of mishaps and the loss of the prototype DCS Fukushu in early 3055, the project seem doomed, but after a major redesign the second prototype began trials in late 3056 and was quickly approved for production.
Ignoring its problematic birth, the Nagumo is an impressively armed and armored craft. The vessel mounts forty-three tons of armor, with almost a third covering the nose, the remainder divided evenly across the rest of the craft. Ironically the Nagumos only serious flaw is with the infantry bays, the whole reason for the class' existence. The design's lack of bottom-mounted transit drive means that the infantry bays fittings must be reconfigured whenever the craft leaves or enters a planet's gravity well, a lengthy and annoying process that takes several hours.
Carrying an above average weapons array for an infantry carrier, the Nagumo has a AC/20 and Gauss Rifle, an ER Large Laser backed up by three standard and one Medium Pulse Laser, with Artemis IV FCS enhanced LRM-20 and SRM-6 racks mounted in the nose, with a AC/5, a SRM-4 and a ER large laser and three standard mediums in supporting mounts in the leading edge of each wing. Even the back has not been neglected, with another AC/20, a SRM-4 and a standard large and medium laser combo installed aft, with similar laser mounts covering a LRM-15 and medium pulse laser in rear-facing bays in each wing.
- online date for the Nagumo
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 227