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F/I-2 Gagarin Cosmo-Plane

Length : 12.7m

Width : 6.15m

Crew : 2 ( Pilot, W.S.O )

Adopted : 1993

The F/I-2 Gagarin is the primary Cosmo-Plane of the Soviet Republics, a class equivalent to the Pre-Embers day Fighter Jets. The F/I-2 Gagarin mixes both quality and quantity. Though there are superior technologies for the F/I-2, the Gagarin remains outdated.

The F/I-2 Gagarin is incapable of long-range interstellar flight, limited to an operating range of 150 KM. Its poor range is due to more intensive fuel usage in space, though when in “Standard” atmospheric conditions, the F/I-2 Gagarin has a much larger operating distance of 500 km.

The F/I-2 is a modular system, able to be configured for both a “Fighter” mode, and a “Interceptor” mode. These are referred to as “Hard” configurations, due to the drastic change in operation. The F/I-2 has four “soft” Configurations. These modes are “Interstellar Cruise” Mode, “Atmospheric Cruise” Mode, “Interstellar Combat” Mode, and “Atmospheric Combat” Mode. Configuration is simple and fast, capable of being completed within five minutes. The modularity stems from wing positions, armament hardpoints, and engine settings.

Fighter mode allows for a heavier weapons payload, operating range, as well as armor and superior countermeasures. Interceptor Mode allows greater speed, maneuverability, although handicapped by its shorter range. Both Atmospheric and Interstellar cruise modes will optimize engine usage to be most efficient for travel. Atmospheric and Interstellar Combat mode will both ramp up usage to allow the F/I-2 Gagarin to use its full capabilities.

An F/I-2 Gagarin's basic loadout includes the CPA-2, a tri-barreled 30mm rotary cannon, as well as two sets of flare launchers. Its capable of carrying up to six hardpoint attachments, and two items fit into its internal weapons bay. Six SPNK-6 guided missiles are fitted to the hardpoints as a "standard" loadout, and two ASH LRAAMs.

The F/I-2 Gagarin was developed by the Soviet Aerospace Commission to answer to the Soviet Republic’s needs of a cheap, but effective small spacecraft to fulfill the role of a Fighter Jet. It was accepted into service a full two years after creation, due to prolonged testing. It narrowly beat out its competitor, based on ease of manufacturing.

“As Gagarin was the first to reach the horizons, he notably said he saw no Gods. I believe with this technology, we will be the Gods he failed to see.” - F/I-2 Gagarin Lead Designer, Dima Pavlov.

Soviet Gunboats

Hammer-Type Gunboat

Length : 22m

Width : 4.5m

Crew : 5 (Skeleton), 20 (Complete)

Adopted : 1997

The Hammer-Type is an intermediary ship between a Cosmo-Plane and a proper Warship, which is designated as a “Gunboat”. The Hammer-Type does not refer to any specific model of ship, but rather a type of modular hull, able to be fitted for various purposes. The main advantage of the Hammer-Type is its general speed, and small size, combined with a decent amount of storage, at the cost of claustrophobic crew area.

The variant often thought of as the Hammer-Type Gunboat is the Hammer-Type/Lance, a blockade-running missile ship capable of engaging ships with both superior armament and armor. Its efficient storage space is utilized exclusively for missile storage of various types. It Hammer-Type/Lance has two missile launch stations, mounted on the bottom and top of the Hammer-Type/Lance. The Hammer-Type/Lance is fitted with a single dual-barreled 45mm point defense autocannon.

A variant less thought of is theHammer-Type/Gate. The Gate is used to hunt hostile fighters within fleet formation, and to provide minor support against smaller hostile ships. The Gate is often positioned within spaces deemed “too large” within fleet formation. Its prevalence over the Lance is because of its higher survival rates, and due to it being believed as more essential to soviet fleet formation.

Hammer-Type/Workman is a ship in a supportive role, rather than a combative role. The workman is used for in-field ship maintenance and repairs. The workman is optimized for fast repairs, and is supplied with various parts in order to fulfill its role. Space Command has argued as to if the Hammer-Type is the most effective for this role, and in consideration to be replaced.

The Hammer-Type was originally intended for civilian space travel, though later repurposed for military roles. A heavily altered variant has instead been released in its place. Only the Hammer-Type/Gate is held in good regard, as the Type/Lance, while effective, is feared to have too low survivability. Said fears have effectively made the amount of deployed Type/Lance Gunboats far and few between.

Soviet Corvettes

Hurricane-Type War-Corvette

Length : 53m

Width : 8.8m

Crew : 22 (Skeleton), 93 (Complete)

Adopted : 1982

The Bulk of the Soviet Navy, the Type Hurricane is the most common Warship seen. The Hurricane Type is often referred to as the “One-Ship Fleet” due to its ability to store fighters despite its size.

The Type Hurricane can carry a complement of four F/I-2 Gagarin Cosmo-Planes, though tightly compact. On each side of the ship (Bow, Starboard, Port, Keel.) a F/I-2 Gagarin is capable of being mounted. However, launching the complement is a lengthy and complex action, and the process is prolonged due to the sub-optimal launch conditions.

The armor of the Hurricane-Type is thin and light, although in the event of its armor being successfully shot through, the Hurricane-Class Warship’s hull structure allows it to sustain multiple penetrations. In the event of destruction, the Hurricane-Class is fitted with multiple multi-man escape pods allowing escape for approximately forty-eight crewmen.

Despite its mass-produced and cheap nature, the Hurricane Class War-Corvette is generally favored by most crewmen, being praised for reliability, and survivability. On the other hand, Cosmo-Plane pilots claim the Hurricane Class as being inefficient as a launch platform, claiming it to be “complex”, “dangerous”, and “dangerously slow.”

The Hurricane Class has no set position, able to function in a “missile carrier” role, a “traditional attack” role, and a “micro-carrier” role. It may also take on various other functions if properly configured. It’s most often configured in the “traditional attack” configuration, due to simplicity.

The Hurricane Class was designed for the Soviet “Red Flood” Doctrine, a doctrine characterized by the utilization of cheap and simple ships as a way to out-gun, and out-number their enemies. “Red Flood” Doctrine is also used due to its relative lack of resource intensity compared to other doctrine.

“The Hurricane is the leading force of the Red Flood. It sweeps and overwhelms with sheer volume, just as its name implies.” - Hurricane Class Chief Engineer, Jan Kowalczyk.”

Soviet Destroyers

Sickle-Type Destroyer

Length : 96m

Width : 16.3m

Crew : 202 (Skeleton) 688 (Complete)

Adopted : 1971

“A terrifying machine. With the unmatched ability to have everything dead in a matter of seconds. All the poor souls inside it are damned.” - Capt. Nikita Levin, in reference to the supposed “severe failure” of the Sickle-Type Destroyer. Despite the many negative thoughts of the Sickle-Type Destroyer, it used to be a well-regarded ship, only now facing mass disdain due to its age.

The Sickle-Type Destroyer is the oldest in-service Soviet warship. It was created with the purpose to fulfill the role of a destroyer in a fleet. The development process of the Sickle-Type Destroyer was troubled, with early soviet designers being faced by the challenge of translating sea-fairing naval warships to space-fairing naval warships.

During the beginning of the Sickle-Type’s service; it was not held in high regard. Despite this, it was accepted as a reliable warship. As time continued, it was eventually believed to be sub-par, and in later service rendered virtually useless. Common complaints of the Sickle-Type are energy usage, armor, and armament.

An incident involving the Sickle-Type is often referred to as a clear example displaying the obsolesce of the ship. Said incident details the Soviet 6th Fleet’s Sickle-Type Destroyers engaging in conflict during the Sol Wars, only to then have the destroyers black out after approximately four minutes of sustained fire.

Soviet Space Command acknowledges the dated status of the Sickle-Type Destroyer, though refuses to change for multiple reasons. The main complaint is the amount of Sickle-Type Destroyers already manufactured, and the lack of any replacement. The complaints have been proven dubious at best. A complete refitting of the Sickle-Type Fleet has been suggested multiple times, although have been refused, with the upgrades being deemed too minor to pay for the price.

“I would say sickle is a fitting name. It is the ship equivalent to a sickle cell. A formation with Sickle-Types can only be considered anemic.” - Capt. Nikita Levin.

Soviet Cruisers

Lenin-Type Heavy Cruiser

Length : 214m

Width : 31m

Crew : 705 (Skeleton) 1,063 (Complete)

The Lenin-Type Heavy Cruiser is the largest known ship of the USSR Grand Fleet. Despite not being created to act as a flagship, it often leads fleets into battle, as well as acts as a command ship. The reason for the S.S.R opting out of a battleship, or any other standard flagship is due to their Red Flood doctrine. While the loss of a Lenin-Type is major to a fleet, on a large scale has little effect on the USSR.

The Lenin-Type is capable of carrying up to 72 Cosmo-Planes, or 12 squadrons. This is done using a highly claustrophobic and packed-in storage system. Though having the advantage of high Cosmo-Plane storage comes at the cost of a slow launch process. There also have been accounts of Cosmo-Planes crashing while attempting to land in Lenin-Types.

The Lenin-Type has a modest armament, having less weapons than what would be standard for a warship of its size, but has substantial armor strength. The Lenin-Type/Assault has been developed as a response to the lack of an armament, though usage is limited. The Lenin-Type is often chosen as a command shuttle due to high durability and survivability.

“I’m glad to be on the same side with these ships, (they) make my job a lot easier.” - Rear Admiral Eren Ozdemir.

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