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Tapani-class Carrier
 
 
 
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Name/Model# : Tapani-class Carrier
Designer/Manufacturer : Tapani Starship Cooperative
Combat Designation : Heavy Starfighter Carrier
Scale : Capital
Length : 375 Metres
Skill : Capital ship piloting: Tapani-class Carrier
Crew Skill : Capital ship piloting 4D+1, capital ship gunnery 3D+2, capital ship shields 5D and sensors 3D+1
Crew : 1,908  Crew 1,855 + Gunners 53 (see Note)
Skeleton Crew : 715 (+15 DIFFICULTY)
Cost of Vessel : 760,000,000 Credits
Nav Computer : Yes
Sublight Speed : 7 Space Units
Hyperdrive Rating : Class 1.5
Hyperdrive Backup : Class 12
Atmospheric Speed : Cannot Enter Atmosphere
Manoeuvrability : 2D+1
Cargo Capacity : 75 Metric Tons (See Note)
Consumables : 2 Years
Weapons : 6 Tower-Mounted Turbolaser Batteries (2 Forward, 4 Turreted)
Crew: 3 Gunners per battery for forward guns, 4 Gunners per battery for turreted guns
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 3-15/35/75 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 100-500 metres/1 km/2 km
Damage: 4D+1

10 Ventrally-Mounted Ion Cannon Batteries (5 Left, 5 Right)
Crew: 3 Gunners per battery
Scale: Starfighter
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 2-15/40/80 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 2-20/50/120 km
Damage: 4D
Sensors : Passive : 25 Space Units/0D
Scan : 60 Space Units/1D
Search : 120 Space Units/2D
Focus : 4 Space Units/4D
Shields/Hull Rating : Shields 4D+1. Hull 2D+1 (See Note)
Starfighter Squadrons : 40 Starfighters
Troop Capacity : 100 Troops + 120 Pilots
Support Craft : ?
Note : This ship is ridiculously overpriced and its cargo capacity is unusually low. A gunner count reveals only 52 required. Unknown if 53 gunners is error or intentional. Shields/Hull and weapons stats are correct.

 

    The Tapani-class Carrier is a lightly armoured but heavily shielded vessel, specially intended to deliver Manta-class Starfighters directly into combat. This swift and agile design boasts immense shield generators which endow it protection similar to that of other fighter carriers in its class. Nevertheless, support ships, generally corvettes or frigates are always found accompanying this vessel. The Tapani-class Carrier was in service before the Battle of Hoth. House Cadriaan, the planet of Mrlsst's defence forces, and the planet of Neona each possesses one Tapani Carrier. Meanwhile, the planet of Tallaan possesses two carriers.

    Unlike conventional carriers, the Tapani Carrier transports its charges not within its hull, but rather outside it. Its long flat dorsal surface is employed to hold 20 Manta Fighters, while its port and starboard sides hold an additional 10 each, respectively. The Mantas' magnetic docking clamps holds them to the carrier. The carrier's docking tubes allow for direct access to the fighters. In the aft, a dorsal tower rises above the flight deck. Contained within the tower are the bridge which features a commanding view, the ship's turbolasers, and the starfighter service bays.

 
   
Sources: LOTEBS (Gamemaster Guide)***Pg 18, 37, 39 / LOTEBS (Sector Guide)***Pg 11 (timeline placement), 41
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