Thrush

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Thrush
Production information
Manufacturer Mujika Aerospace Technologies
Production Year 2798[1]
Model TR-7
Class Light aerospace fighter
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Cost 1,685,156 C-bills[2]
Technical specifications
Mass 25 tons
Structural Integrity 12
Frame Mujika Aerospace Type 12
Power Plant Rawlings 250
Fuel 400 - 5 tons
Armament
Communications System Endicott Type 22 Master
Tracking & Targeting System Dwyerson Mark XI
Heat Sinks 10 single heat sinks
BV (1.0) 529[3][4]
BV (2.0) 476

Description[edit]

Nicknamed "The Frisbee" by Capellan pilots, the TR-7 Thrush is a light aerospace fighter typically seen in House Liao DropShip detachments, as well as garrison forces throughout the Confederation. Forsaking armor for speed and firepower like most light aerospace fighters, the Thrush cannot easily take on larger fighters or multiple enemies, but is in its element when scouting or used as a screening force for DropShips. The major drawback of the circular wing's design is that the Thrush can enter an uncontrolled spin on entry to a planetary atmosphere, in a similar fashion to the Draconis Combine's similarly designed Sholagar which was eventually phased out because of its unstable atmospheric flight. The craft usually can be brought back under control, but at the loss of precious seconds of maneuvering.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Thrush carries three Kajuka Type 2 "Bright Blossom" medium lasers, more than enough firepower for scouting or screening for an already heavily armed DropShip.

Variants[edit]

  • TR-5 
    Otherwise identical to the TR-7, this variant upgrades to ferro-aluminum armor, adding one additional armor point per wing.[5][6]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • Thrush Maxmillian 
    Used by the Maskirovka for high speed insertions, this Thrush variant removes the standard TR-7 engine and replaces it with a 325-rated XL engine. This allows the Thrush Maxmillian to reach a top acceleration of nearly 12 gravities. It also carries an additional half-ton of armor protection, six tons of fuel, and is equipped with a one ton cargo bay. To make room for these modifications, two of the medium lasers were removed. BV (1.0) = 410[11]

Notes[edit]

  • In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Drossel. The model code was accordingly changed to DR-7.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Thrush
  2. Record Sheets: 3039
  3. Record Sheets: 3039
  4. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 35
  5. Second Succession War, p. 110, "Capellan Confederation"
  6. Field Report 2765: CCAF, p. 18
  7. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 236
  8. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 237
  9. Technical Readout: 3150, p. 224
  10. Experimental Technical Readout: Boondocks, p. 13
  11. Record Sheets: Unique Fighters, p. 7

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