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|Tech Base||Star League|
|Sail Diameter||870 meters|
|Fuel||10,000 tons (25,000)|
|Safe Thrust||1.5 g|
|Top Thrust||2.5 g|
|KF Drive Integrity||15|
|Armament|| 3 x NL45s |
4 x NL35s
2 x NAC/30s
2 x NAC/25s
8 x NAC/10s
6 x Barracudas
4 x AC/5s
8 x Large Lasers
20 x Medium Lasers
|Armor|| Fore: 45|
|Grav Decks|| 1 x 70 meter diameter |
1 x 90 meter diameter
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||30/42|
|Heat Sinks||1,500 Heat Sinks|
During the upheaval caused by the reorganization of the Terran Hegemony and the rise of more powerful Inner Sphere realms, including the Federated Suns and the Draconis Combine, the Taurian Concordat sought to secure its future with an arming campaign which included the construction of a fleet. First among its new WarShips would be the Winchester-class cruiser.
The Winchester is fast and heavily armored compared with contemporary classes of WarShip. These attributes are even more impressive, considering the heavy industrial base required to construct a WarShip; the first Winchester-class vessel slipped its moorings only 111 years after the first humans set foot on Taurus, and just 29 years after Richard Calderon expanded the aegis of the Taurian Concordat beyond the limits of Flannagan's Nebulea. As such, the Winchester became the pinnacle of Taurian martial pride.
However, the Winchester had become obsolete by the time the Concordat faced its first full-scale interstellar warfare. The last of the aging Winchester-class were destroyed during the Reunification War, with the final vessel sinking above Robsart in 2581.
The armament of the Winchester-class is mixed, allowing vessels to engage targets both large and small. However, compared with later cruisers and heavier classes, the Winchester’s light armor and armament ensured that crews fighting during the Reunification War were doomed.
The capital armament focuses on an array of naval lasers and several naval autocannon batteries. In addition, the ship mounts Barracuda missile systems and large and medium lasers, as well as AC/5s, all capable of shooting down AeroSpace assets.
Though not intended as a cargo-vessel, the Winchester featured a trio of DropShip rings, as well as cargo space for 2 squadrons of fighters and 6 small craft. This capacity allowed the Winchester to carry its own naval escort, or allow Winchesters to ferry troops. In addition, the Winchester is also capable of transporting 154,681.5 tons of cargo.
- Taurian Concordat
- MUL online date for the Winchester
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 214, "Winchester (Cruiser) Profile"