WEAPONS: 4 Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons* Location: Mounted in forward hull Fire Arc: Front Crew: 1 (pilot) Skill: Starship gunnery Scale: Starfighter Fire Control: 2D Range: -Space: 1-3/9/16 -Atmosphere: N/A Damage: 4D Rate Of Fire: 4
2 Copeland JC44 Pulse Discharge Cannons Location: Mounted in forward hull Fire Arc: Front Crew: 1 (pilot) Skill: Starship gunnery Scale: Starfighter Fire Control: 3D Range: -Space: 1-3/12/24 -Atmosphere: N/A Damage: 5D+2 Rate Of Fire: 1
8 External Hardpoints (for a variety of weapons) Location: Mounted on wings Fire Arc: Front Crew: 1 (pilot) Skill: Starship gunnery Scale: Starfighter Fire Control: 2D Range: -Space: 1/3/7 Damage: 8D Ammo: 8 Rate Of Fire: 1+ Special: -Hardpoints: Other ordnance types possible, (stats are for concussion missiles). -Salvo Fire: Can fire multiple missiles as fire-linked.
The Mk2 SA-23E Mitchell-Hyundyne Starfury is the Earthforce standard non-atmospheric deep space interdiction and recon fighter.
It first entered service in the 2240s.[N 1] By 2260 Earthforce began to supplement this model with the atmospheric capable Mk3 Thunderbolt, though the Mk2s would remain in active service for at least the next four decades.
-*4 Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons: The 4 Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons and 2 Dual Copeland JC44 Pulse cannons are statted the way they are like the standard Starfury, one being a dual fire-linked heavier weapon with a lower Fire Rate (JC44), while the other is a weaker version with a higher Fire rate (JC466/A). This is done for game balance and to give players options in combat. Though with the Dual Heavy Pulse Cannons, these may rarely be used, but will still make a good backup if the heavy gun is damaged or otherwise unavailable.
A Starfury carries a standard armament of four forward-firing Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons and two Copeland JC44 Pulse Discharge cannons with an additional eight external hard-points on the engine pylons to allow additional payloads such as missiles or slug tanks.
A retractable grappling claw is housed in the ventral hull for towing. with a corresponding hitch-point located on the ventral aft tail.
Mk2 Starfuries are highly manuverable with the ability to spin 180 degrees in under a second. This combined with the heavy weapon load make them one of the most impressive younger race fighter craft able to outmatch most comparable alien fighters; the Minbari Nial class fighter being a notable exception. Because of its manoeuvrability, the cockpit is located in the centre of the craft thereby minimising any stress and disorientation for the pilot from high-G turns. Ingress for the pilot is though a dorsal pressure hatch, usually accessible via a gantry while the Fury is locked into its launch cradle. Once inside the pilot is strapped in an upright, bent legged position and as a rule wear a full pressure suit to safeguard against cockpit breaches.
The entire cockpit also acts as an escape pod that can be ejected during combat, potentially saving a stricken pilot from the craft's destruction and enabling them to be retrieved later by a rescue and recovery craft.
Behind the Scenes
The Starfury was co-designed by Ron Thornton and Steve Burg as a means to showcase how Newtonian physics could be portrayed in space combat. The configuration was intended as a nod towards Ron Cobb's design for the "Gunstar" from the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter.
OTHER INFO: Status: Active Affiliation: Earthforce Class: Interdiction and recon fighter Length: 9.92m Mass: 48mt Crew: 1 Engines: 4 Beigle-Bryant 9000A Particle Thrust Engines Jump Capable: No Gravity: No Weapons: -4 Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons -2 Copeland JC44 Pulse Discharge cannons -8 External Hardpoints for a variety of weapons. Defenses: 1 grappling claw
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