Leo (fighter class)

The Leo Class heavy fighter is a small attack craft designed during the late days of the Republic to serve close defence and attack duties for spaceships and space born facilities. They were built in the thousands before the Sundering. Many survived intact or retrofitted and they are again a common sight in the RM era.

The Leo is neither manifold-capable nor atmosphere-capable and is only short-range – relative to a star system.

As with most fighters the Leo is not fitted with extensive life support systems or artificial gravity. It makes it a rude ship to drive. The single pilot rests in zero-g conditions in a cockpit pressurized only to half a standard atmosphere because of design needs, thus obliged to wear a pressurized suit. A low-quality inertial dampener is present on board but it is not powerful enough to support the pilot above 25 G, about three times normal human limit. Acceleration can provide the pilot with gravity but its direction will often not coincide with the pilot's relative "down".

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All statistics below are for a standard Leo class fighter. Fighters used during the RM era may differ from these statistics.

  • Manufacturer: Titan Shipyards, Sol I
  • Model: Heavy fighter
  • Length: 22m
  • Power plants: 1x Hydrogen fuel-cell
  • Engines: 1x Hydrogen-Oxygen chemical engine
  • Max. Acceleration: ~ 25 G
  • Crew: 1
  • Weaponry and defence systems:
    • 4 nose 35 mm Gatling cannons (500 rounds each)
    • 6 embedded hard points (carrying short to long-range missiles)
    • Titanium alloy reactive armour
  • Sensors systems:
    • Short-range RADAR
    • Optical sensors (Visible and Infrared spectrum)

The Leo class can carry various payloads, offensive or non-offensive. All hard points are located into an internal bay that can be fitted with an extra fuel tank to extend the fighter's range. However if the fighter operate in such configuration it will only have its four Gatling cannons and no real offensive capacities against larger ships.

It can carry both anti-fighter and anti-ship missiles. The former are usually – but not limited to – infrared-driven missiles with a range of a couple thousands kilometres (when not fired on a too mobile target). The latter are heavier missiles with a high yield explosive payload designed to penetrate thick shielding layers. Some of these missiles can be fitted with tactical nuclear warheads in the range of ten to fifty kilotons to bring down the targeted ship with a single shot.

Gatling guns can be fitted with explosive or penetrating rounds. The latter are usually bearing a high density core that will penetrate ships' shields thanks to its kinetic energy. These cores are made of materials such as depleted uranium or tungsten. The main use of these rounds is to strafe larger ships – considering the fighter made it trough close-range defences – to bore holes into their hulls, triggering dramatic atmospheric leaks.

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