Dragon class carrier
~Type: Deep Space Fleet Carrier
~Role: fighter and troop transport,
~Technology Base: Tauri, Asgard
Displacement: tons normal Earth gravity
-Support Crew: 2800
-Maximum Capacity: 25000
~Powerplant: 2 Mark 5 generators
2 Large drives
4 Medium drives
Tel’Teks or Puddle Jumpers: 50
A.T.S. Drop ships: 100
2 600mm triple barreled coil-gun turrets
200 nuclear weapons of various yields
2 forward firing electromagnetic launchers
8 300mm rail guns
100 doubled-barreled point-defense coil guns
Advanced environmental systems
Operational life span: 75+ years
Production Run: 10
1.Chrysophylax (finished 2038)
2.Cawthorne (finished 2044)
3.Drachenstein (finished 2046)
4.Ancalagon (the Black) (finished 2048)
5.Glaurung (finished 2050)\
6.Tintaglia (finished 2052)
7.Icefyre (finished 2054)
8.Uwibami (finished 2056)
9.Nithhogr (finished 2058)
10.Sirrush (finished 2060)
~Technical and Historical Notes~
The Dragons are the Tauri’s most important ships; capable of bringing everything needed for war to anywhere in the galaxy. One Dragon contains enough troops, support, and supplies to conquer planets. With its vast swarms of fighters, it provides essential support to any fleet engagement.
The Dragon was designed primarily for carrying vast numbers of fighters in the war with the wraith. With the war over, the designed grew to acuminate troops. All the people needed to run the ship and fly the fighters would over tax any environmental system currently in use. So a new system was created that could create oxygen at a phenomenal rate, but at a cost. The system was so power hungry that there was little power left for weapons. The benefit, the ship could support up to 25000 people.
Do to the power drain; the Dragon has only a couple of offensive weapons. To make that up, over a 100 point-defense coil-guns are placed around the ship, creating a near impenetrable grid. The 600mm guns can fire 3 different round types; high explosive, flak-burst, and armor-piercing-high-explosive. The high-explosive rounds each have a 200mt k-naq warhead. Flak-burst explode and release thousands of tiny 1 kt k-naq bombs. Armor-piercing-high-explosive, or APHE, rounds have trinium tips. On contact, the tips dig into the armor, followed by a stream of plasma, allowing the 100mt war head to detonate farther into the ship.
The ship has 14 launch bays; 6 for fighters, located along the hangers; 4 for drop ships, located beneath the ship; and 4 for other crafts including space for 4 Alkesh (though the ships aren’t carried standard), located on top of the ship. Each one is equipped with electromagnetic launchers and breaks. This allows for quick launching: just 14 minutes to launch all fighters. In the case of the drop ships, the launchers can catapult them out in less then a minute. The launchers are also used to slow down docking ships, allowing them to fly in at full speed if need be.
The ship’s 200 nuclear weapons are designed to be fired in a number of ways. The first way is the tradition missile, the second way is launched by the forward launchers, and the third way is by small craft.
Construction of the first Dragon, the Chrysophylax had started in 2031, but production shut down during the Wraith attack on Earth. Improvements were added to the design before construction restarted in 2036. The Chrysophylax was finished in 2038. The second one, The Cawthorne was finished 6 years later. Since then, a new Carrier was finished every two years, each taking 5 years to make. Each new ship had minor improvements and design changes.
Dragon carriers never operate alone; they are at all time flanked by at leas 5 ships during peace time and 10 ships during war, though in battle, more are used.
In an early battle in the Aschen war, the Chrysophylax with 5 Arcturus, 3 Thor-class starship, and 2 Phoenixes captured an Ashen controlled planet guarded by 6 Virtus-carriers, 4 Gladiator battleships and 20 Peramen battlecruisers. (Battle coming soon)