Meant to carry a new, more efficient compensator that it did not receive in the end, the Mars-class had a lot of excess power in its wedge. This let it tow missile pods without losing as much acceleration as other cruisers.
Compared to the Sword class, it only sported two-thirds of its telemetry capacity, had less magazine space and was twenty gravities slower. In exchange for these sacrifices, the Mars-class had superior electronic warfare capabilities and nearly twice the broadside armaments. (HH7)
There have been three production runs of this class so far. The Mars-A and Mars-B were powered by the Goshawk-3 fusion reactor, but the Mars-C carried the Goshawk-4 and the earlier built ships were steadily updated, because the Goshawk-3 had some serious design flaws. The failsafes were prone to total failure. At least 2 ships exploded while in parking orbit and more were lost in Hyperspace. (SI1, JIR2)
|Havenite Starship Classes|
|Non-Warships||Astra | Longstop | Trumbull|
|Small Craft||Cimeterre | Foudre | Fracteur | Mercure | Ouragan | Program 13 | Razzia | Transall
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