Killer Whale

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Killer Whale
Killer Whale-T
Production information
Type Capital Missile
Teleoperated Capital Missile
Tech Base Star League
Inner Sphere
Year Availability 3051 (FC)[1]
3056 (T)[1]
Year Introduced Early Spaceflight[1]
3056 (T)[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 20[2]
Damage 4 Capital
40 Standard[2]
Minimum Range N/A
Short Range 1-12
Medium Range 13-24
N/A
Long Range 25-36
N/A
Extreme Range 37-48
N/A
Tons 150 standard launcher[2]
160 KW-T
Mass 50 tons per missile kg
Critical Slots N/A
Space Slots N/A
Cost (unloaded) 150,000[1]
165,000 (T)[1]
Ammo Cost (per ton) 20,000 (each missile)
17,000 (each missile)
BV (1.0) 769 (launcher), 96 (each missile)
923 (launcher), 115 (each missile)
BV (2.0) 769 (launcher), 96 (each missile)
2,306 (Teleoperated launcher), 115 (each teleoperated missile)[3]



Description[edit]

The heavyweight of the SLDF Navy's three anti-fighter missile systems, the Killer Whale can destroy an AeroSpace Fighter with one hit. After the fall of the Star League and the loss of WarShips, production of this missile stopped. Only when WarShips reappeared during the Clan Invasion was production restarted.

Like its sister missiles, the primitive guidance packages the post Succession Wars era Successor States could manufacture limited the Killer Whale's effectiveness. To overcome this, weapons manufacturers under contract to the Draconis Combine Admiralty[1] created the Killer Whale-T by removing the bulky guidance system and replacing it with communications links that let gunners guide the missile like a remote-controlled AeroSpace Fighter. The ability to manually guide the missile and change targets more than made up for the Killer Whale-T's inability to target small craft.[4]

Models[edit]

The Killer Whale missile system only has one model, produced on the following planets:

Brand Planet Company Used by References
 ??? Alarion Port Sydney Naval Shipyards  ??? [citation needed]
 ??? Tamarind Technicron Manufacturing  ??? [citation needed]
 ??? Galax Federated-Boeing Interstellar  ??? [citation needed]

Variants[edit]

The Santa Ana is a Killer Whale missile equipped with a 50 kiloton thermonuclear warhead[5] instead of the traditional high explosive warhead. As it is functionally identical to the Killer Whale, a Santa Ana missile can be fired from any launcher that can handle the Killer Whale. It can also be fired from a launcher on a planet's surface to hit a target elsewhere on the planet's surface.[6]

The Peacemaker is a Killer Whale missile equipped with a 500 kiloton thermonuclear warhead[5], making it the largest tactical nuclear weapon. Though it is based on the Killer Whale missile body, its range profile is identical to the Kraken-T missile, and it can only be launched from a surface-mounted silo.[7]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 TechManual, p. 292, "Heavy Weapons And Equipment - Table"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 TechManual, p. 342, "Inner Sphere Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  3. TechManual, p. 318, "Aerospace Weapons And Equipment BV Table"
  4. AeroTech 2, p. 41, "Teleoperated Missiles"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 130, "Standard Nuclear Weaponry Table"
  6. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 134, "Standard Nuclear Weapons - Santa Ana"
  7. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 135, "Peacemaker"

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