Pinto (WarShip class)
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|Manufacturer|| Roe Weapon Systems (Finmark)|
Diamond Garter Fleet Yards, Canopus IV
|Tech Base||Star League|
|Safe Thrust||2.5 g|
|Top Thrust||4 g|
|KF Drive Integrity||5|
|Armament|| 4 x Barracudas |
3 x NL35s
2 x Light NPPCs
2 x NAC/10s
5 x Large Lasers
10 x Medium Lasers
48 x Small Lasers
80 x Machine Guns
10 x AC/5s
4 x AC/20s
|Grav Decks||1 x 45 meter diameter|
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||10/10|
|Heat Sinks||800 Heat Sinks|
The Pinto-class corvette was designed as a picket vessel by the Rim Worlds Republic during the Age of War. However, with weak armor by fine offensive punch, the Pinto proved to be more capable as an escort ship or orbital support for an invasion force. As a show of solidarity, House Amaris allowed sales of the Pinto-class to other larger Periphery realms. Production and sales of the Pinto ended just prior to the Reunification War, a move by Gregory Amaris intended to curry favor with First Lord Ian Cameron.
In 2650, as Tadeo Amaris started rearming the RWRM, production of the Pinto began again. However, when the Republic was forced to disarm at the behest of Sarah Steiner-Dinesen, the newly constructed fleet of Pintos were overlooked.
By April 2765 more than a hundred Pintos were serving openly in the navies of the various Periphery nations; the Rim Worlds Republic fielded by far the greatest number, with fifty-two hulls in service, but the Magistracy of Canopus had twenty in service and the Taurian Concordat had another eighteen in service. The navy of the Outworlds Alliance consisted entirely of Pintos at this point - fifteen in total. - and the Alliance was also capable of manufacturing its own Pintos in the Alpheratz system beginning almost immediately after the repeal of the Star League Council Edict of 2650 in the mid-twenty-eighth century. Other shipyards within Alliance space were also involved in contributing to the manufacture of Pintos, possibly including the Ramora Shipyards operated by the United Outworlders Corporation in the Ramora system. With the completion of the Diamond Garter Fleet Yards in 2725 the Magistracy of Canopus was able to manufacture Pintos as well, allowing the Magistracy to expand its WarShip fleet between 2725 and 2765 from a single Concordat-class frigate and a single Athena-class cruiser to a fleet twice the size of its Reunification War strength.
The Pinto-class were believed to be completely destroyed by the SLDF during the Amaris Civil War. Further, both shipyards capable of producing the design were also destroyed. However, rumors had persisted for centuries that there are at least a pair of Pintos derelict in the Deep Periphery.
Armament & Capacities
The Pinto can boast heavier armor and faster acceleration than the Vincent-class favored by the Star League. The armament of the Pinto is mixed, allowing the vessel to engage both capital vessels and smaller AeroSpace craft. However, the expense of these capabilities is the relatively poor armor.
The Pinto is capable of moving a reasonable amount of cargo, especially for a small corvette. The Pinto possesses a single DropShip ring, and has 3 bays. Two of these bays are given over to the AeroSpace Fighters (2 squadrons) and the pair of Small Craft, while the third is capable of carrying 10,942 tons of cargo.
Original Pinto from TRO:3057 Revised
- Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 10, "Infrastructural Integrity"
- Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 5, "Strategic Update"
- MUL online date for the Pinto (WarShip class)
- Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 4, "WarShips of the Territorial States"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 128, "Original Word Of Blake Fleet"
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, pp. 190-191