Sabre

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Sabre
Production information
Manufacturer Raimei,
Jalastar Aerospace,
Lockheed/CBM Corporation,
Majesty Metals and Manufacturing,
Pinard Protectorates Limited,
Wakazashi Enterprises
Production Year 2519[1]
Model SB-27
Class Light
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 25 tons
Structural Integrity
Frame Inazuma SI-32
Power Plant Nissan 225
Fuel
Armament

3 x Medium Lasers

Communications System BipStar 49-G
Tracking & Targeting System Ki-II TTS
Heat Sinks 10
BV (1.0) 600[2]
BV (2.0) 574[3][4]

Description[edit]

The longest-serving Aerospace Fighter design in the Draconis Combine, the Sabre is a sturdy garrison fighter, now infamous for its role in one of the greatest intelligence projects in Combine history, the "Raimei Ring".[3]

While extremely short-ranged when first developed, the Sabre was well-regarded for its exceptional speed and maneuverability. The original manufacturer, Raimei, continued to upgrade the fighter as technology advanced; the final version produced by Raimei was the SB-27 model which featured a Nissan 225 Fusion Engine, double the fuel capacity of the previous model and replace the previous primitive armor with four tons of BattleMech grade armor, giving the same protection for less weight.[3]

Part of the reason the Sabre is such a common design in planetary garrisons across the Inner Sphere is because Raimei had established semi-independent factories in all five of the other Great Houses and two Periphery states by 2572. Due to close links between the company and House Kurita, each newly built facility also became a clearing house for ISF spies funneling intelligence back to the Combine. The ring would prove invaluable to the Combine and operate right up until Raimei's financial collapse in 2814, when the surviving Sabre assembly lines fell to other manufacturers. One of the revelations coming to light during the Word of Blake's White-out of the HPG grid during the Jihad, the existence of the so-called "Raimei Ring" has brought into question the loyalties of many multi-national corporations.[3]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Like many light fighters, the Sabre carries a light laser based weapons array, consisting of three Tronel II Medium Lasers, one in the nose and one in each wing.[3]

Variants[edit]

  • SB-26 
    The original Sabre model designed in 2314, this primitive fighter carried a mere two tons of fuel, used a heavier engine and primitive armor, with three medium lasers as weapons.[3] BV (2.0) = 512[5]
  • SB-27b 
    This "Royal" variant was fielded during Kerensky's campaign to liberate Terra and is equipped with twice as many Medium Lasers as the standard SB-27, mounting a pair in each wing and the nose. It uses an XL Engine and the heat sinks were replaced with double strength models. BV (2.0) = 1,059[6]
  • SB-29 
    A newer upgrade developed in 3068 by Wakazashi, seeking to finally reintroduce the venerable Sabre to the Combine, the SB-29 drops the medium lasers for a Light PPC in the nose and an ER Medium Laser in each wing[3]. BV (2.0) = 789[8]
  • SB-31 Defense Special 
    Designed with extensive use of experimental technologies, the Defense Special appears to be a test-bed for a new idea. As the DCA has spent so much money on WarShips, Wakazashi produced this fighter to thicken their anti-missile defenses. Using an XL Engine and ER Medium Lasers, the Defense Special also mounts three Laser Anti-Missile Systems. Apparently pilots are supposed to stick close to a Combine WarShip and position themselves between the WarShip and incoming missile fire. The L-AMS then engage the salvo, reducing or destroying it outright. This leaves the WarShip's defenses ready to deal with any "leakers" that get past the Defense Special. Another possible deployment would place the Defense Special in the center of a flight, destroying incoming missiles and protecting its wingmates. No Defense Specials are known to be deployed. BV (2.0) = 884[9]
  • SB-31D 
    The production version of the Sabre Defense Special, this version was restricted to use by Wakazashi and related shipping concerns. It was only offered to the Draconis Combine Admiralty in 3079. It mounts the three Laser AMS's of the Defense Special and the same three ER Medium Lasers, but reduces its fuel capability slightly in order to mount eleven double heat sinks. BV (2.0) = 935[10][11]

Design Quirks[edit]

The SB-31D Sabre variant is subject to the following Design Quirks:[10]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

The Sabre was introduced in AeroTech 1st edition as one of the six original designs, with no model number, release date, or 'fluff', finally getting fully statted with TRO:3075.

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Sabre
  2. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 33
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Technical Readout: 3075, p. 212, "Sabre"
  4. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 106
  5. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 105
  6. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 83
  7. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 107
  8. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 108
  9. Experimental Technical Readout: Corporations, p. 14
  10. 10.0 10.1 Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 167
  11. Record Sheets: Prototypes, p. 83
  • Technical Readout: 3057, p. 179

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