Kirishima

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Kirishima
Production information
Manufacturer Midway Shipyards[1]

New Syrtis Shipyards[2]


Wakazashi Enterprises[3]

Introduced 3061
Production Year 3061[4]
Use Cruiser
Tech Base Star League
Cost 12,730,674,001 C-bills[citation needed]
Technical specifications
Mass 790,000 tons
Length 748 meters
Sail Diameter 1,350 meters
Fuel 7,450 tons
Burn Rate 39.52
Safe Thrust 2.5 g
Top Thrust 4 g
Sail Integrity 4
KF Drive Integrity 16
LF Battery Yes
Armament
Armor 1,099.5 tons Ferro-Carbide
DropShip Capacity 3
Crew 275[5]
  • 48 Officers
  • 161 Enlisted
  • 66 Gunners

Bay Personnel: 34

Grav Decks 2 (1 x 110 meters and 1 x 130 meter diameters)
Escape Pods/Life Boats 25/10
Heat Sinks 733 double
Structural Integrity 75
BV (1.0) 92,373[5]

Description[edit]

The heaviest post–Succession Wars era WarShip design in the Draconis Combine fleet, the Kirishima-class cruiser emphasized firepower and speed at the cost of armor and cargo capacity.

The second modern WarShip design developed by the Combine, and the most numerous after the lead Kyushu, the Kirishima was superior to other SLDF cruisers such as the Sovetskii Soyuz still in service in Clan toumans, mounting more weaponry and a Lithium-Fusion Battery System and with a much higher thrust capacity. While below some of the other modern Great House vessels developed around the same time, one thousand and ninety-nine and a half tons of Ferro-Carbide armor was again superior to SLDF ships of the same weight and role.

The Kirishima was produced from parts sourced from across the Draconis Combine, much like the smaller Kyushu,[1] but in parallel at the Togura Shipyards[5] and Midway Shipyards.[6]

Armament[edit]

Like many post–Helm Memory Core Inner Sphere designs, the Kirishima features a mix of both anti-fighter and capital class weaponry. The nose bays feature a single NAC/25 and Light NPPC supported by twin Medium NPPCs, rounded out with four Large and Medium Pulse Lasers and two ER Large Lasers, Small Pulse Lasers and ER PPCs each. Each forward and aft angle mounts a NAC/30, two NAC/20s, NL45, and Medium NPPCs each, supported by the same anti-fighter weaponry as the nose. The broadsides continue this thread in light weaponry, with capital weapons consisting of two NL45s and Medium NPPCs in support of a massive Heavy N-Gauss cannon. The rear of the craft apes the nose, save for dropping the Light NPPC.

Cargo[edit]

While featuring impressive speed and firepower, the Kirishima cannot operate away from home for extended periods due to its relatively small cargo capacity for its size. Aside from its ability to carry three DropShips, the Kirishima caries just twelve aerospace fighters and two Small Craft.[5]

Variants[edit]

  • Covenant 
    As a part of the military détente between the Draconis Combine and the Federated Commonwealth during the later years of the Clan Invasion era, the Combine gifted an unfinished Kirishima hull to the Federated Commonwealth. Transported to the New Syrtis Shipyards, the hull was then subject to extensive internal and external cosmetic modifications, resulting in a finished WarShip that looked as little like a Kirishima as possible. While the New Syrtis Shipyards' program didn't completely remove all traces of the Combine from this new ship, with elements of the Combine still surviving in the form of Japanese-language consoles and panels dotted throughout the ship, the ship's class was renamed to the Covenant.[7]

See Also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handbook: House Kurita, p. 161: "Midway Shipyards"
  2. Handbook: House Davion, p. 168: "New Syrtis Shipyards (NSySp)"
  3. Handbook: House Kurita, p. 162: "Wakazashi Enterprises"
  4. MUL online date for the Kirishima
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Technical Readout Revised: 3057, p. 126: "Kirishima (Cruiser)"
  6. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 15, "Aerospace Assets"
  7. Field Manual: Federated Suns, pp. 24–25: "AFFS WarShip Fleet"

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