Sylvester (WarShip class)
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|Manufacturer||Ioto Galactic Enterprises|
|Tech Base||Star League|
|Sail Diameter||1200 meters|
|Safe Thrust||1.5 g|
|Top Thrust||2.5 g|
|KF Drive Integrity||7|
|Armament|| 2 x NAC/20s |
3 x NL55s
8 x NL35s
67 x Small Lasers
110 x Machine Guns
4 x AC/10s
2 x AC/20s
8 x LRM-15s
10 x LRM-10s
4 x Large Lasers
8 x Medium Lasers
|Grav Decks||2 x 98 meter diameter|
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||10/10|
|Heat Sinks||767 Double Heat Sinks|
The first WarShip designed by private concerns, the Sylvester-class transport was the brainchild of merchant-noble Graf Hans Sylvester of Lyran Commonwealth. Introduced during the Age of War, the Sylvester was the most heavy armed civilian vessel ever to launch. The Sylvester was designed with two goals in mind: the Sylvester was a well-armed convoy transport vessel which could hold its own against pirate attacks, but the Sylvester was also meant to intimidate the mercantile interests of neighboring realms.
Though expensive, the Sylvester was acquired by a Lyran trade committee in 2496. Just three years later in 2499, the Ioto Galactic Enterprises shipyard on Alarion finished production on the first Sylvester. However, only three more Sylvester-class vessels would ever slip their moorings between 2499 and 2514. Ultimately, the price tag of the Sylvester sealed its fate.
The Sylvester is very well armed for a civilian vessel - in fact, the Sylvester was the best armed vessel ever constructed by corporate interests. The Sylvester's armament combines a very strong point-defense (including lasers, autocannons and machine guns) with capital-scale slugging power, perfect for fending off combat Dropships and light WarShips.
The second-largest drawback to the Sylvester is its poor armor protection. The Sylvester cannot stand up to a well-armed opponent. However, the Sylvester is maneuverable enough to evade some conflicts, and despite the poor protection, the Sylvester was unlikely to encounter an adversary it simply cannot deter through firepower.
Above all, the Sylvester is a transport ship. The vessel can ferry 2 DropShips, and has the capacity for 4 small craft. The Sylvester also had larger cargo capacity than any other contemporary JumpShip. The Sylvester has 3 bays, each capable of containing 24,452.5 tons of cargo.
- Carrack - Though too expensive to become a staple of any merchant fleet, the Terran Hegemony took interest in the Sylvester and began production of its own transport, the Carrack. The Carrack is still deployed throughout the Clans.
Still requiring an armed escort for merchant fleets, Graf Hans Sylvester had a cheaper combat DropShip designed just after the cancellation of the Sylvester WarShip. The new DropShip (Sylvester-class DropShip?) was referred to as a "Baby Sylvester". The "Baby Sylvester" was produced at Bolson Shipyards, New Kyoto, until a Free Worlds League Military raid destroyed the yards in 2787.
- MUL online date for the Sylvester (WarShip class)
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, pp. 196-197, "Sylvester WarShip Profile"