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Authority IRD-A
 
 
 
Name/Model# : Authority IRD-A OR Intercept Reconnaissance Defence Fighter-A
Designer/Manufacturer : Corporate Sector Authority
Combat Designation : Multipurpose Aerospace Fighter
Scale : Starfighter
Length : 10 Metres
Skill : Starfighter piloting: IRD
Crew Skill : Starfighter piloting: IRD 5D+2 and starship gunnery 4D+1
Crew : 1 Pilot
Cost of Fighter : Not available for sale
Nav Computer : None
Acceleration : 18 MGLT per second
Sublight Speed :
WEG=9 Space Units
OR
102 MGLT
Hyperdrive Rating : None
Atmospheric Speed : 1,150 kph (WEG=400)
Manoeuvrability :
2D+1 (2D in atmosphere)
OR
64 DPF
Cargo Capacity : 25 kg
Consumables : 2 Days
Pilot Support Systems : Life Support Most likely yes / Ejection System Yes (Unquestionably the best Ejection Mechanism of any modern fighter)
Weapons : 1 Neck Mounted Twin Blaster Cannon
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 100-300 metres/1.2 km/2.5 km
Damage: 5D

1 Forward Concussion Missile Tube (8 Missiles)
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1/3/7 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 50-100/300/700 Metres
Damage: 7D
Sensors : Passive : 20 Space Units/0D
Scan : 40 Space Units/1D
Search : 50 Space Units/1D+2
Focus : 2 Space Units/2D
Shields/Armour Rating :
Shields None. Hull 4D
OR
Shields 35 SBD. Hull 18 RU
Note : XA (Tech Library) states that Sienar Fleet Systems manufactures the IRD-A; this is possible since SFS is a subsidiary of Santhe/Sienar Technologies which is a voting sponsor of the CSA. Note that XA (Tech Library) incorrectly labels the IRD-A as the IRD. Also note that there are some slight physical differences between the IRD-A models presented in XA and HSCSSB***Pg 102.

 

    The Authority IRD-A was designed due to the glaring deficiencies of the Authority IRD suffered from in atmospheric conditions. These deficiencies were even apparent to CSA executives, thus CSA engineers began the development of a streamlined variant designed specifically for atmospheric combat. Designed with powerful engines and very effective weaponry (thanks to the addition of missiles to the weapons package) the IRD-A is a difficult foe to combat against.

    This three engine starfighter features a molded fuselage, streamlined to channel air through a vector stabilizer. The result has been increased atmospheric speed and enhanced manoeuvrability. These limited production run fighters are seeing limited service. However, the CSA is expected to begin full production of the solid IRD-A design in the near future. IRD-As were employed against Jessa's outlaw-tech band, but suffered defeat. Other engagements however, have produced favourable results. Somehow mercenary groups have obtained the IRD-A for their usage.

 
   
Sources: HSCSSB***Pg 20, 21, 23, 102, 103 / XA (Tech Library), (Battle 6 Mission 1), (Battle 6 Mission 2) / XA-SG***Pg 214
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