Dante (WarShip class)
|Manufacturer||ComStar Titan Yards|
|Tech Base||Star League|
|Sail Diameter||610 m|
|Safe Thrust||2.5 g|
|Top Thrust||4 g|
|KF Drive Integrity||13|
|Armament|| 16 x ER Large Lasers |
48 x Small Pulse Lasers
|Armor||600 tons of Ferro-Carbide|
|Crew||188, 24 Passengers|
|Grav Decks||1 x 135 meter diameter|
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||24/0|
|Heat Sinks||650 Double Heat Sinks|
While ComStar had retained a number of ex-SLDF WarShips in mothballs, these required large crews which the Order could not yet supply. With a degree of automation akin to the Sovetskii Soyuz Class, the Dante Class was principally intended to serve as the command and escort ship for DropShip flotillas. The Dante's mix of speed, firepower and armor also make it adept at raiding tactics, but due to the purely defensive role of the Com Guards at the time of its creation the small cargo bay and fuel bunkerage it was designed with hampered any independent operations.
In all three Dante Class ships were constructed between 2935 and 2941 when the spiraling cost of the renovation of existing ships, difficulty in hiding both the vessels and large number of personnel to crew them from the Successor States and the death of the project's champion Primus York led to the program being frozen. As a proven design, Precentor Martial Focht had considered the construction of further Dante Class ships, but the loss of the Titan Yards to the Word of Blake occurred before construction could even be started.
Having gained control of the Sol system, the Word of Blake built two additional Dante vessels prior to the liberation of Terra in 3078 during Operation SCOUR. When the allied coalition forces assaulted the Sol system, one of these two Dantes was part of the Blakist WarShip squadron which defended the Titan shipyards; incorrectly identified at the time as the Narbonne, it was later determined that the vessel was actually one of two new ships of the class.
Like many modern WarShips, the Dante Class features a mixture of capital class weaponry, naval autocannons and lasers, and smaller weaponry geared to fight fleets of DropShips and Aerospace Fighters, the Successor State navies having obliterated each others WarShips prior to its development. This weaponry is spread fairly evenly across every angle of the ship, with only the rear lacking in a capital weapon.
Due to the defensive role of the ComStar WarShip fleet and the inclusion of Lithium-Fusion Battery System, the Dante Class have limited cargo capacity of 17,087 tons split between two bays, and 12 fighter complement.
The destruction of all three ComStar Dante class vessels was confirmed by BattleTech Devloper Øystein Tvedten in the Catalyst Game Lab BattleTech forums:
|“||No ComStar Dantes were captured by the Word of Blake. Bordeaux died at Luyten, Monpellier (sic) at Columbus, and Narbonne bit it during Case White.||”|
|— Øystein Tvedten, BattleTech Developer, 29 Oct 2011|
- MUL online date for the Dante (WarShip class)
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 290
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 128, "Original Word Of Blake Fleet"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 97-99
- Øystein Tvedten, BattleTech Developer, 29 Oct 2011