JAL304 Sirifef Carrier

Xenos Wargames Ltd

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Jalyrkieons

Fleet scale

46.20mm x 109.70mm x 25.40mm

The Sirifef Carrier is the Jalyrkieon Hierarchy Rixjaani Obonos’ principal carrier. Due to the Hierarchy’s advanced technologies, the Sirifef has high speed and armament for a carrier of its size, making it functionally more like a light battleship.

The Sirifef has two hangar bays, each capable of holding a squadron of fighters or four 68RYR Arrifek Assault Shuttles. As typical for Jalyrkieon hangars, the bays have dorsal launcher doors. The hangar bays, like much of Jalyrkieon starship unit, were designed as modules, whose design is replicated across the fleet to minimise the number of different components. The hangars were intended to allow fighters and small craft to simply take off and land vertically like an atmospheric VTOL. A series of tractor beams are emplaced to help launch and recover smallcraft.

However, it was not until the designs were in manufacture that a huge error was discovered – the listed measurements that had been used, assuming the Arrifek was the largest ship that used the bays, had been taken from an earlier prototype, which was only three quarters of the size of the production models. While there was just barely enough space for the Arrifek to clear the doors’ width, they were too long. A frantic search for a solution that did not require dismantling Sirifef and the even larger Qorenlu hulls began.

In the end, the most cost-effective solution was to install artificial gravity generators in the front walls of the hangars in addition to the floor, and raise the overall height by several metres. When used for the Arrifeks, the hangar’s gravity could thus be altered so that the front wall became the “floor.” The Arrifeks could then – with a complete re-design of the bay’s interior – just barely fit inside orientated to launch vertically, like a missile in its silo. While highly costly, this solution was almost half the cost and a third the time of having to re-design the entire module and all of the existing hulls.

This came with the price that the Arrifeks can only be housed in a hangar specifically configured for them and while it is possible to launch fighters from an Arrifek-configuration bay, it is significantly less efficient. So despite the attempted standardisation, there are now two types of hangar bay. To compound the problem, any new hulls built with a redesigned hangar bay would perforce have to have a third set of components (though they would certainly share elements from both of the current bays).

It also means the Arrifeks – especially when docking – are much more reliant on the hangar tractor beams to safely guide them in. Without them, or when trying to dock under fire, it means the Arrifek is much more vulnerable, especially as it has to orientate precisely to be able to lower itself into the hangar.

Typically, a Sirifef carries one squadron of 61RYE Ikimar Fighters and one squadron of 61RYU Tonuhja Bombers or four Arrifeks and one squadron of Ikimars for top cover. As the Sirifef has no dedicated troop quarters, it has only enough marines to fully load three Arrifeks, only a handful of vessel deployed specifically to Hierarchy Army transport fleets carry eight Arrifeks.

The Sirifef carries a number of phased-plasma batteries, both of anti-capital and anti-fighter sizes. It also carries numerous anti-fighter missiles for additional defence.

The Sirifef’s principal weakness it that its armour and shielding is relatively light for a vessel of its size. It is not unusual for a typical carrier to be lightly armoured, but the Sirifef’s additional armament and speed typically place it in formation with other line combat vessels, where it is more likely to attract fire.

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