Samarkand (Block II)
|Samarkand Block II|
|Use|| Aerospace Carrier |
Orbit-to-Surface Fire Support
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere Advanced|
|Sail Diameter||967 meters|
|Fuel||2,678 tons (6,562 points)|
|Burn Rate||66.42 (maximum days)|
|Safe Thrust||2 g|
|Top Thrust||3 g|
|KF Drive Integrity||8|
|Armament|| 2 Heavy NPPC x Medium NPPC |
2 x NAC/20
2 x NL45
6 x NL35
5 x LRM 20
8 x LRM 10
6 x SRM 4
4 x Large Laser
10 x Medium Laser
38 x Machine Gun
|Crew|| 35 Officers, 110 Enlisted/nonrates, |
100 Marines, 204 Bay personnel
|Grav Decks|| 150 meter |
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||30/0|
The Samarkand Class Block II is second generation Draconis Combine Warship size aerospace fighter carrier. They were considered good escort vessels, but they are noted for not being able handle vessels larger than itself due to its light compliment of capital weaponry. The ship were noted for its thin rear facing armor and weaponry. In desperate situation when fighters availablity was low, the Samarkand were brough in as last-ditch decoy to buy time for embattled ground forces.
The Class was originally introduced in 2579 and served in Reunification War. In 2668, 89 years later Coordinator Urizen Kurita authorized the construction of new improved version of the venerable class. The Block II was infused with new technologies that improved the ship's weaponry and armor over the original design. A large quanity of the class was produced and was utiltized by the Star League Defense Force as escorts.
These ships were used as part of Liberation of Terra from the tyrant Stephan Amaris and his Rim Worlds Republican Army. Most of these ship were destroyed during the Liberation. At least one Samarkand - the SLS Beijing - joined Aleksandr Kerensky's Exodus Fleet.
The surviving units in the Combine's naval service were stationed on the border with Lyran Commonwealth and Federated Suns. Nearly all these survivors were destroyed in the First and Second Succession Wars.
 Armaments & Capacities
The principle capital weaponry includes; Its front arc has pair of Medium Naval PPC & pair of Class 35 Naval Lasers. On it front sides it has single Class 20 Naval Autocannon compliment per front-side arcs. Its capital broadsides only a single Heavy Naval PPC per arc, while its aft sides pair of Class 35 Naval Lasers. Protecting its after is pair of Class 45 Naval Laser.
Its conventional weaponry includes; In the nose is mounts five LRM-20 Launchers, backed up four medium lasers. On the ship's front sides, it four LRM-10 launchers and three SRM 4 launchers providing close up protection. On its broadsides, it has ten Machine Guns per boardside, providing last ditch defense with 100 rounds per side.
In each of its aft sides it mounts; A pair of Large Lasers and pair of Medium lasers together in a weapons, Five LRM-20 launchers, and six Machine guns per side with 100 rounds of ammo.
In the aft, has single Large Lasers with pair of Medium Lasers and six Machine Guns providing protection against conventional threats.
The Samarkand has 511 tons of Ferro-Carbide Armor protecting its side and aft nearly evenly with 21 more tons mounted in the bow. Its structural integrity is 74, 3 points more than the Block I ships.
The ships's principle payload includes;
- Bay 1: Fighters (36) - 4 Doors
- Bay 2: Small Craft (12) - 1 Door
- Bay 3: Fighters (36) - 4 Doors
- Bay 4: Cargo (36,029 tons) - 6 Doors
 Named Vessels
- Clan Cloud Cobra
- Clan Diamond Shark
- Clan Star Adder
- Draconis Combine
 See Also
No canon record sheet has been produced for the Samarkand Block II at the time of this writing.
- Technical Readout: 3075, p. 218
- ↑ Wars of Reaving, p. 162, "WarShips"