The Ares class starships were the largest spacecraft developed by Altarren
Fleet Systems approximately six hundred years prior to the birth of the
Galactic Empire. Like the rest of Altarren's designs, the Ares only saw
limited production and deployment within the Minar sector located in the
Mid Rim territories.
The Altarrens constructed the Ares to serve as their main line battleship
for the defense of their sovereignty - the Altarrens never joined the Old
Republic but eventually lost their independence when Imperial warships
arrived in system.
The Ares starships were 550 meters in length (only slightly smaller than
the Republic's Dreadnaught heavy cruisers) and boasted an impressive array
of weaponry which included 52 laser pulse cannons and 22 concussion missile
The vessels were designed to serve as space carriers as well as troopships.
Each Ares starship carried a full squadron of twelve AF76 assault fighters
on external fighter racks mounted on the craft's dorsal side. For surface
actions, the ships carried 2,500 Altarren Mobile Infantry (AMI) troops along
with sixteen drop-ships and six transports for deployment.
The Altarren engineers designed the Ares to have an operational lifespan of
several centuries. Due to this, the Ares remained the main warship of the
Altarren Navy all the way up to the eventual Imperial takeover - the ships
destroyed by the attacking Imperial forces were an average of 400 years old.
Era Introduced: 600 years before the Battle of Yavin
Craft: Altarren Fleet Systems' SS8 Ares Starship
Type: Star cruiser
Length: 550 meters; width: 61 meters
Skill: Capital ship piloting: Ares starship
Crew: 951; gunners: 118; Skeleton: 96/+15
Crew Skill: Astrogation 3D+2, capital ship gunnery 4D, capital ship piloting 4D
Passengers: 2,500 (troops)
Cargo Capacity: 10,000 metric tons
Consumables: 4 years
Cost: Not available for sale
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x4
Hyperdrive Backup: x28
Nav Computer: Yes
52 Laser Pulse Cannons
Fire Arc: 8 front, 20 right, 20 left, 4 back
Skill: Capital ship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-5/12/23
Atmosphere Range: 100-500/1.2/2.3 km
22 Concussion Missile Launchers
Fire Arc: 2 front, 10 left, 10 right
Skill: Capital ship gunnery
Fire Control: 1D
Space Range: 5-13/20/45
Atmosphere Range: 500-1.3/2/4.5 km
Designer Notes: Based off of the Ares Starship in Starship Troopers.
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