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|Tech Base||Star League|
|Sail Diameter||1003 meters|
|Fuel||8,000 tons (20,000)|
|Safe Thrust||2 g|
|Top Thrust||3 g|
|KF Drive Integrity||14|
|Armament|| 3 x NL45 |
4 x NL35
2 x Medium NPPCs
3 x LRM-15s
12 x White Sharks
6 x SRM-6s
8 x NAC/35s
2 x NAC/10
12 x AC/5s
6 x AC/10s
|Armor|| Fore: 46|
609 tons Standard Armor
|Grav Decks||3 x two 300 meter diameter, one 200 meter diameter|
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||24/35|
Named for the wagon wheels of ancient Terra because of the spokes attaching the trio of Grav Decks to the WarShip's hull, the Wagon Wheel-class frigate was intended to bolster the Taurian Concordat's navy, as well as the navy of other Periphery realms, entering service just prior to the formation of the Star League.
Initially planned as a heavy troop transport with a very long operating range, the Wagon Wheel's original design included over a dozen Docking collars and three large, exterior-mounted grav decks to maintain morale on long patrols. But political wrangles, cost overruns and technical issues led to the removal of the majority of the docking collars and a large increase in engine thrust and armament, transforming the Wagon Wheel into a heavily-armed, fast-attack ship. However, legal obligations with subcontractors forced the designers to retain the oversized grav decks, despite their crippling effect on the vessel's maneuverability.
The Concordat produced only a handful of Wagon Wheels, but they played a notable part in the history of that Periphery nation. The destruction of two of the class by Davion WarShips in 2573 during the so-called Malagrotta Affair cemented the enmity between the Concordat and the Federated Suns and helped trigger the Reunification War. During that conflict, a re-prioritization of military spending ended production of the design. Only one Wagon Wheel was known to have survived into the Star League era, the TCS Merope, which was still active on the eve of the Amaris Coup.
The Wagon Wheel's forward firing weaponry features three NL45s, two Medium NPPCs and three LRM-15s mounted in its nose bays, with three White Shark tubes and SRM-6 launchers supported by a NL35 on each fore quarter. The vessel's broadside consists entirely of autocannons, with two twin NAC/35 mounts supported by six AC/5s and three AC/10s on each side capable of unleashing a literal rain of lead. The aft armament consisted of three White Shark tubes on each quarter, with two NL35 and a pair NAC/10s mounted directly aft.
Beyond its two remaining DropShip collars, the Wagon Wheel has a 92,790 ton cargo bay, the non-transport focus better reflected in the addition of twelve AeroSpace Fighter and four Small Craft bays.
- MUL online date for the Wagon Wheel
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 208, "Wagon Wheel Profile"
- Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 4, "WarShips of the Territorial States"