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Nike class
Name: Nike class
Type: Battlecruiser
Affiliation: RMN logo small boxcolored Star Kingdom of Manticore
Preceded By: Reliant-class
Mass: ~ 2,500,000 tons
Acceleration: 700 G (maximum)
540 G (standard)
Crew: 750
Armament: Broadside:
Magazines: 6,000 Mark 16 MDMs
Mark 16 two-stage missiles

The Nike class was the Royal Manticoran Navy's latest and most advanced class of battlecruisers at the onset of the Second Haven-Manticore War.

Conception and Development Edit

For some naval theorists, the advent of the multi-drive missile (MDM) and the pod-laying warship meant the obsolescence of the battlecruiser classification. Neither capable of delivering the fire volumes the new missile-intensive combat required nor capable of effectively remaining outside the range of enemy missiles, they also didn't have the endurance and resilience ships of the wall had due to their lighter construction.

One solution offered to keep the battlecruiser as a viable warship type was to construct battlecruisers with hollow cores, giving them the capability to deploy missile pods in a manner similar to that of a pod-laying superdreadnought. This concept led to the development of the RMN's Agamemnon-class, the Grayson Space Navy's Raoul Courvosier-II-class and the Blücher-class of the Imperial Andermani Navy. However, the BC(P), as the variant became known, was not entirely satisfactory due to its limited firing endurance. The hollow core also came with a greater than expected cost in the vessel's structural integrity, making BC(P)s somewhat less durable in combat than had been the case with pod-laying superdreadnoughts. (HH11)

A second alternative pursued by the Royal Manticoran Navy resulted in the Nike-class, with the intention of recasting the battlecruiser as a "generalist" warship capable of withstanding the transformed reality of naval combat.

Considerably larger and more massive than any prior Manticoran battlecruiser design, the Nike-class massed around 2.5 million tons (three times the size of the earlier Reliant-class BCs), and also enjoyed higher acceleration than a Reliant thanks to the improvements in compensator technology. Far more resistant to damage than a pod-laying battlecruiser, this also made the Nikes somewhat more suited to the RMN's traditional doctrine of using battlecruisers for general raiding and space control. It also carried more crew and a larger complement of Marines than the Agamemnons did. (SI2)

Despite being incapable of carrying missile pods internally like their Agamemnon-class contemporaries, and also unable to mount three-staged MDM's, the Nikes were armed with off-bore missile launchers, effectively allowing them to launch a single salvo of missiles from all fifty launchers at once. Their magazine spaces also gave them enough ammunition for forty minutes of sustained engagement, whereas an Agamemmnon would expend its missile load in less than half that time.

Authorized for construction by the Janacek Admiralty as a one-off testbed ship, HMS Nike was almost ready for deployment when Manticore resumed its war against the Republic of Haven. For almost a year it was the only ship of its class in service, but the prototype's combat performance convinced the White Haven Admiralty to go ahead with mass production of the Nike-class, with the first new-construction ships entering service around 1921 PD. (HH11)

Technical Specifications Edit

The class had place to carry eighty "flat pack" missile pods limpeted to her hull. (SI2)

Known vessels Edit

References Edit

  1. Capable of off-bore firing

External links Edit


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