White Shark

White Shark
White Shark-T
Production information
Type Capital Missile
Teleoperated Capital Missile
Tech Base Star League
Inner Sphere
Year Availability 3051
3056 (T)[1]
Year Introduced 2305
3056 (T)[2]
Technical specifications
Heat 15[3]
Damage 3 Capital
30 Standard
Minimum Range N/A
Short Range 1-12[4]
N/A[5]
Medium Range 13-24
N/A
Long Range 25-36
N/A
Extreme Range 37-48
N/A
Tons 120
140
Mass N/A kg
Critical Slots N/A
Space Slots N/A
Cost (unloaded) 130,000
145,000
Ammo Cost (per ton) 14,000 (each missile)
12,000 (each missile)
BV (1.0) 577 (launcher), 72 (missile)
692 (launcher), 86 (missile)
BV (2.0) 577 (Launcher), 72 (each missile)
692 (Teleoperated launcher), 86 (each teleoperated missile)[6]



Description[edit]

The White Shark missile was developed as the middleweight of the SLDF Navy's three anti-fighter missile systems. Like the Barracuda and Killer Whale missiles, the White Shark was effective at destroying small craft, unlike the Naval Lasers, Autocannon, and PPC's. After the fall of the Star League and the loss of WarShips and other capital weapons, production halted.[7] The Federated Commonwealth restarted production during the Clan Invasion alongside the production of new WarShips.[8]

Once production of WarShips resumed, a glaring flaw became apparent in the White Shark and its sister missiles: The primitive guidance packages the post Succession Wars era Successor States could manufacture couldn't always hit the target. The easiest way to solve the problem was to remove the guidance package and install communications links that would allow friendly operators to guide the missile like a remote-controlled AeroSpace Fighter. The Draconis Combine Admiralty did this in 3056.[9] Though the White Shark-T lost the ability to attack small craft[10], the ability to manually guide the missile and change targets more than made up for it.

Capital Missiles like the White Shark are popular for Pocket WarShips because they are the only capital scale weapon system that can fit on a DropShip sized platform.[11]

Models[edit]

The White Shark missile system only has one model, produced on the following planets:[12]

Planet Company
Alarion Port Sydney Naval Shipyards
Tamarind Technicron Manufacturing
Galax Federated-Boeing Interstellar

References[edit]

  1. TechManual, p. 292
  2. TechManual, p. 292
  3. AeroTech 2, p. 101
  4. Strategic Operations Record Sheets and Compiled Tables PDF download, p. 31
  5. AeroTech 2, p. 41 "Teleoperated Missiles"
  6. TechManual, p. 318
  7. TechManual, p. 292, Missile went extinct 2850
  8. TechManual, p. 292
  9. TechManual, p. 292
  10. AeroTech 2, p. 41, "Teleoperated Missiles"
  11. AeroTech 2, p. 46, "Weapons, Ammunition, and Other Equipment"
  12. TechManual, p. 210

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