Shiva

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Shiva
Production information
Manufacturer Andurien Aerospace
Production Year 3060[1]
Model SHV-O
Class Heavy OmniFighter
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 85 tons
Structural Integrity 8
Frame SHV X1
Power Plant 255 XL engine
Fuel
Armament

Primary Configuration

Communications System Lassitor-5A
Tracking & Targeting System Wasat Aggressor Type 6F with Omnilink
Heat Sinks 18 double heat sinks
BV (1.0) 1,472[2][3]
BV (2.0) 1,727[4]

Description[edit]

Developed with aid from the Word of Blake, the Free Worlds League's first OmniFighter, the Shiva, is deadly and effective aircraft that lives up to its name - that of the multiarmed Hindu god of destruction.[2]

Using an XL engine to save weight rather than speed, though marginally slower than aircraft of a similar mass, the Shiva has the capacity to carry a phenomenal array of equipment with over 50 tons of pod space. Though it has performed well in exercises, the Shiva's critics have seized on the design's weak armor for its size, only carrying 10 tons of Andurien Composite 3 ferro-aluminum armor, though the 18 double heat sinks mounted on the base chassis has attracted praise. Originally intended as the League's principal carrier aircraft, the complex logistics required to supply the Shiva with pod-compatible weapons has limited its effectiveness in that role.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Primary configuration features a short-range combat loadout consisting of a balance of energy and ammunition dependent weaponry. A large LB 20-X AC, SRM-6, and ER small laser crowd the nose mounts, with twin large pulse lasers mounted in each wing, and three additional double heat sinks added to keep the extra heat in check.[2]

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alternate Configuration A 
    The A configuration again mounts a mix of energy and ammunition hungry weapons, this time focused on longer ranges. An Artemis IV FCS-enhanced LRM-10 and ER small laser are mounted in the nose, supported by the ER large laser and Gauss rifle mounted in each wing. Two tons of missile reloads and four of Gauss rounds keep those weapons in operation during the length of a standard sortie. BV (1.0) = 2,225[2] (2,153)[5] BV (2.0) = 2,300[6]
  • Alternate Configuration B 
    A massive missile boat, the B configuration carries two Artemis-enhanced LRM-20 launchers in each wing, with eight tons of CASE protected reloads giving this variant moderate combat endurance. BV (1.0) = 2,081[2] (1,913)[7] BV (2.0) = 1,999[8]
  • Alternate Configuration C 
    An energy weapon-heavy ranged combat configuration, the C mounts an ER PPC, light Gauss rifle and twin ER medium lasers in each wing supported by a further two ER medium lasers and a single ER small laser in the nose. Four tons of reloads keep the Gauss rifles fed while four additional double heat sinks strive to keep the PPCs and lasers in check. BV (1.0) = 1,838[2] (1,790)[9] BV (2.0) = 2,165[10]

Variants[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Shiva
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 154-155, "Shiva OmniFighter Profile and BV listing"
  3. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 152
  4. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 273
  5. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 153
  6. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 274
  7. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 154
  8. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 275
  9. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 155
  10. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 276
  11. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 277
  12. Experimental Technical Readout: Marik, p. 13

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