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Hapes Nova Battle Cruiser
 
 
 
Name/Model# : Hapes Nova-class Battle Cruiser
Designer/Manufacturer : Hapan Consortium
Combat Designation : Heavy Combat Frigate
Scale : Capital
Length : 400 Metres
Skill : Capital ship piloting: Hapes Nova
Crew Skill : Astrogation 5D, capital ship gunnery 5D+2, capital starship piloting: Hapes Nova 6D, capital ship shields 6D+2, communications 5D+2 and sensors 4D+2
Crew : 1,805  Crew 1,700 + Gunners 105
Skeleton Crew : ?
Cost of Vessel : 15,000,000 Credits (See Note)
Nav Computer : Yes
Sublight Speed : 4 Space Units
Hyperdrive Rating : Class 1.5
Hyperdrive Backup : Class 12
Atmospheric Speed : Cannot Enter Atmosphere
Manoeuvrability : 1D+1
Cargo Capacity : 600 Metric Tons
Consumables : Over 1 Year
Weapons : 25 Hapan Turbolasers (5 Forward, 5 Left, 5 Right, 5 Aft, 5 Turreted)
Crew: 3 Gunners per turbolaser
Fire Control: 1D+2
Fire Rate: 1/3
Space Range: 3-15/35/75 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: Not listed
Damage: 7D
NOTE: Hapan turbolasers take 3 times more time to recharge vs. Imperial turbolasers, hence lower fire rate.

10 Forward Ion Cannons
Crew: 1 Gunner per cannon
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1-10/25/50 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 2-20/50/100 km
Damage: 3D

10 Forward Laser Cannons
Crew: 2 Gunners per cannon
Scale: Starfighter
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: Not listed
Damage: 5D
Sensors : Passive : 40 Space Units/0D
Scan : 55 Space Units/2D
Search : 80 Space Units/2D+2
Focus : 5 Space Units/3D
Shields/Hull Rating : Shields 2D. Hull 5D
NOTE: Later Nova Battle Cruisers possessed 4D of backup shields. When a die is lost, if the shield operators make an Easy capital ship shields roll, one of the back-up shields die can be used to bring the shields back up to 2D.
Starfighter Squadrons :
2 Miy'til Fighter Squadrons
6 Hetrinar Assault Bombers
With Backup Shields
1 Miy'til Fighter Squadron
6 Hetrinar Assault Bombers
With Backup Shields - Different Complement

1 Miy'til Fighter Squadron
10 Miy'til Assault Bombers
NOTE: Can add 3 Miy'til Fighters per Miy'til Assault Bomber removed

Troop Capacity : 600 (Troops and Support Personnel)
? Combat Vehicles
Support Craft : ? Drop Ships OR Landing Barges
Note :

This ship is ridiculously under priced and too slow in sublight, as it is considered "exceptionally swift at sublight and light speed". TCOPL states ship over 400 metres, over 1 year consumables and very fast. EGVV concurs with TCOPL concerning ship speed. CTD background info, but not stats further supports this "with enough power to manoeuvre and outrun many modern capital vessels." Also incorrectly states 90 gunners (gunnery crews add up to 105). SOTG incorrectly states total crew 1,790. Both CTD and SOTG incorrectly state 1 month consumables. EGVV and SWE incorrectly states 1 year consumables. SOTG states heavy laser cannons and no numbers for ion cannons. CTD and EGVV (2 Miy'til squads and 6 assault bombers) disagree with SOTG and WotC (1 Miy'til Fighter squad and 10 Miy'til Assault Bombers) concerning starfighter complement. EGVV states backup shields were a later addition, which resulted in removing 1 Miy'til squadron, and names the assault bombers - Hetrinar. SOTG and WotC indicate with backup shields stated fighter complement not affected. This suggests either or both: Hetrinar Assault Bomber is very large (equivalent to 5 Miy'til Fighters); different Nova Battle Dragon internal configuration. GEDB assumes that the Hetrinar is very large.

 

    The Hapes Nova-class Battle Cruiser incorporates the latest breakthroughs in Hapan technology as well as a number of design innovations stolen from Kuat Drive Yards and SoroSuub. Even with these innovations however, individual cruisers must choose their engagements carefully. This swift combat vessel was conceived to supplement and help overcome the design limitations of the Hapan Battle Dragon. Since Hapan fleets strengthened by the Battle Dragon were not always capable of repelling a concerted assault, this vessel was envisioned as a large-scale support ship that would serve as the Battle Dragon's protective escort. With its sufficient power to manoeuvre and outrun a number of contemporary capital ships, it has proven itself as an effective defensive anti-pirate cruiser and assault frigate.

    By four years after Endor, the Nova Battle Cruiser design was less than a decade old. It is yet known as to which Hapan shipyard assembles these ships. Production on the design continued through the years with later models featuring backup shield generators, whose designs it is believed, were stolen from a Mon Calamari stardock in a data-raid. The inclusion of the backups permit the Nova to quickly recover from short battles. In order to accommodate this feature the power generators have been enlarged. These additions however, consumed a hefty sum of internal volume, which as a consequence removed the second squadron of Miy'til Fighters. Although this design is equipped to deploy soldiers for planetary invasions, it is instead, generally assigned to escort large troop ships. Regularly, Nova Battle Cruisers are put in command of task forces assigned to patrolling the Hapan Cluster's borders. By their reputation and capabilities, they frighten away many smugglers and pirates who would otherwise attempt to cross into Hapan space.

    Due to the weaknesses of Hapan turbolaser technology, these vessels can easily find themselves unable to return fire at the most inopportune moments. As a result, Hapan doctrine calls for three or more Nova Battle Cruisers to work in tandem. Additionally, captains of these vessels prefer to conduct quick and brutal assaults with the intention of destroying all their foes in their first pass. This tactic has further added to the Hapan's reputation of fierceness in defending their borders. The Nova is designed to repel major invasions of Hapan space rather than conducting long-ranged patrols, and as such they are relatively short-ranged vessels. Its laser cannons endow it with the capability to battle starfighters and small freighters in order to defend itself or the Battle Dragon it is assigned to protect.

    This design features port and starboard landing/launching bays. Mounted on both wings (that are situated like an inverted V) are all the ship's ion cannons, as well as the overlapping shield projectors. On the trailing edge of the wings are the manoeuvring jet arrays. Above and between the landing bays is the ship's main power core.  On the neck, leading to the bridge module is the shield generator power core, and the folded bridge shield plates. Additional port and starboard protection to the bridge is afforded by the physical, collapsible bridge shield (plates). When deployed, these plates appear to be an unfurled hand fan. Just above the nose is the bridge. Located on the chin is the main sensor grid.

 
   
Sources: CTD***Pg 44 / EGVV***Pg 62, 63 / NEGVV***Pg 191 / SOTG***Pg 95, 96 / SWE+Hapes Nova-class Battle Cruiser***Pg 124, 125 / TCOPL***Pg 33 / WotC+Jedi Counseling 55
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