Tyre

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Tyre
Production information
Manufacturer New Kent Orbiter D7
Production Year 2907[1]
Model Standard
Class Medium
Tech Base Clan
Cost 2,868,495[2]
Technical specifications
Mass 55
Structural Integrity
Frame Model LV-3
Power Plant 165 Fusion
Fuel
Armament

1 x Ultra AC/10
7 x Medium Pulse Lasers
1 x ER Small Laser

Communications System Masters 400
Tracking & Targeting System DST Model 316/4
Heat Sinks 16 Double Heat Sinks
BV (1.0) 1,738[2][3][4]
BV (2.0) 1,852[5]

Description[edit]

Developed as an upgraded replacement for the popular Corsair, the Tyre Aerospace Fighter is an ideal DropShip escort and staple of all Clan second-line forces.[3]

Barely entering service with the SLDF prior to Operation Exodus, the effective Corsair was much admired but had all but disappeared among Kerensky's exiles when the Clans were formed. Seeking to produce a home-grown version, after numerous enhancements and capability changes Clan Steel Viper designers developed the Tyre which formed a large part of the Vipers' aerospace fleet until the introduction of OmniFighters.[3]

Trading speed for firepower, the Tyre is a resilient and economical craft. Rather than being seen as a negative, the designers kept the speed high enough to keep up with DropShips it was intended to escort, while low enough to discourage pilots from being drawn away. Seven and a half tons of standard Formula TSF armor allow the Tyre to weather heavy weapons fire, and sixteen double heat sinks allow it give as good as it gets.[3]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

While relatively slow, the Tyre boasts an impressively powerful, if short-ranged weapons array built around the Type 9a Ultra AC/10 mounted in its nose supported by seven Medium Pulse Lasers, three also in the nose and two per wing. Three tons of reloads give the Ultra Autocannon reasonable endurance, while a single rear facing ER Small Laser discourages pursuit.[3]

Variants[edit]

  • Tyre
    Developed to overcome the frequent complaint about the Tyres lack of reach, this variant swaps each pair of wing mounted Medium Pulse Lasers for a single ER Large Laser, unfortunately over-stressing the fighter's heat sinks. BV (1.0) = 1,632[2][6], BV (2.0) = 1,837[7]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • Tyre Michiko 
    This variant of the Tyre was developed by Clan Blood Spirit during their fight with Clan Star Adder on York. This Tyre removes the standard engine in favor of larger 275 model which increases the fighter's speed by almost 40%. The armor protection has been upgraded to ten tons. The nose-mounted weapons bay was destroyed, so technicians replaced the autocannon with a Streak SRM-6 and a pair of Heavy Medium Lasers. BV (1.0) = 1,789[11]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Tyre 3 variant is subject to the following Design Quirks:[9]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Tyre
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Combat Operations, p. 109
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 164-165
  4. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 97
  5. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 292
  6. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 98
  7. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 293
  8. Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 194
  9. 9.0 9.1 Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 195
  10. Record Sheets: Prototypes, p. 89
  11. Record Sheets: Unique Fighters, p. 4

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