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ESU - Eurasian Solar Union

The Eurasian Solar Union Star Navy

(Voyenno-Kosmicheskiy Flot)

Modern ESU starship construction has been heavily influenced by the so-called “New School” a group of naval architects and Party politicians operating out of the Xiang Military District. Taking lessons from their FSE allies, past battle actions against massed NAC carriers, and several disastrous encounters with Islamic Federation and Phalon forces, the “New School” called for major revisions in ESU tactical doctrine and ship design. Specifically, fleet speeds were increased slightly and normalized to allow more cohesive combat maneuvering, and a much greater emphasis was placed on providing fleet defense against fighters, missiles, and other ordnance attacks like plasma bolts. This defense would be provided in two ways. First, more effort was placed into training fighter crews and constructing more, albeit smaller, carriers, which would function well defensively even if they lacked offensive strike capability. Second, the fleet’s capital ships would be equipped with much-improved active defense systems designed to cover not only themselves but other nearby ships at need.  Normalization of cruiser and capital ship speeds would allow such ships to stay close to the battleline and its defense arrays without sacrificing maneuverability. Smaller ships would use their superior thrust to evade enemy attacks without becoming tied to the slower capital ships, with fighter cover providing backup as needed. Specialized escort cruisers would provide some fleet defense coverage to smaller squadrons where capital ships were unavailable.

 

(From the GZG 2004 paper catalog)
The Voyenno-Kosmicheskiy Flot was formally created in 2079 with the launch of the first Eurasian FTL warships, a few years behind the NAC. Even during the period of Chinese domination of the ESU, up to the 2120s, most of the operation of the VKF was along Russian lines, as China had little more than coastal-defense navy traditions to draw on for experience. The VKF is divided into several Sector Fleets based in different "Military Districts", each district being made up of a number of colonies. The Military Districts in the Core systems and Inner Worlds are relatively small, with a single well-developed Inner Colony often being a District in its own right, while in the Outworld possessions a single District might encompass as many as a dozen small, far-flung outposts and settlements. The main base for the bulk of the fleet is at the ESU Capital World of Nova Moskva, though the Chiang Military District also has extensive base and shipyard facilities. Many VKF personnel are conscripts, as they are in all the ESU armed forces, though others volunteer before being conscripted in the hope of a better career - a volunteer will generally rise through the ranks higher and faster than a conscript. Morale on board ship is not exactly high, out it is steady; ESU citizens are brought up to love the Motherland, and they feel a sense of honor in protecting it. VKF crew and officers, as in most navies, also feel that they are somewhat better than the other armed forces such as the ground troops (though they will make an exception for their own marines, the Naval Infantry). Conditions on board ESU warships are mediocre at best, and are certainly not up to the standard of NAC and FSE ships; accommodations are cramped (especially for the ratings), food is nutritious but unappetizing, recreational facilities are very limited or non-existent and discipline is harsh.

 

Ship Design Doctrine: 
Most VKF ships are almost exclusively beam-armed (their superdreadnoughts mounting some of the largest beam systems ever installed on a mobile platform), with salvo missile systems used occasionally on a very few classes. Ships tend to be constructed with either inherently strong hulls, or have armour added over weaker basic construction: many classes carry screens as a further passive defense. Mobility is average for most ships, with some light classes being very fast but the big ships having drives of thrust-2 or 4. The majority of the VKF's fighters are operated from specialized carriers, but these ships generally have more offensive armament and tougher defenses than NAC counterparts in addition to their fighter complements. Many ESU ship designs, especially the Cruiser and small Capital types, are optimized for long-term independent operations.

 

Zheng He class Scoutship

FT-232

TMF 8

NPV 28 / CPV 21

Hull 1 (1//)

Armor 1

Thrust 8

FTL

1 Fire Control

1 Class 1 Beam Battery

Zheng He class Scoutship:The Zheng He fleet scout is optimized for independent long range patrol/recon missions. A large vessel for its class, it has excellent endurance and (by ESU standards) unusually spacious crew quarters designed to permit lengthy operations away from resupply bases without loss of efficiency. Most commonly encountered alone or in small groups, Zheng He’s normally attempt to evade combat with larger vessels by employing superior acceleration and maneuvering capacity. They are marginally more durable than the more common Lenov class scouts, but still have little chance of surviving a general fleet action. The only common variant is a priority courier design which trades off the the fire control system and beam weapon for a point-defense array and a tiny cargo hold.

 

Cossack class Strikeboat

FT-252

TMF 14

NPV 51 / CPV 39

Hull 1 (1//)

Armor 1

Thrust 6

FTL

1 Fire Control

1 Class 1 Beam Battery

ER Salvo Missile Rack (FP/F/FS)

Cossack class Strikeboat: Something of an experimental design, the Cossack is a one-shot missile platform designed to strike hard at key enemy targets. Normally fielded in squadrons of three to twelve ships, they are equipped with the new ME-990 long range salvo missiles, allowing them to launch a punishing salvo from beyond the range of most weapon systems. Cossacks are very fragile little vessels, though, and their backup armament of a single dual-purpose beam weapon is too lightweight to serve in extended engagements. Standard practice is to withdraw after launching a massed missile volley rather than risk almost certain destruction by staying in the fight.

 

Poryshkin class Corvette

FT-233

TMF 18

NPV 61 / CPV 46

Hull 4 (1/1/1/1)

Armour 1

Thrust 6

FTL

1 Fire Control

1 PDS

2 Class 2 Beam Batteries (2x FP/F/FS)

Poryshkin class Heavy Corvette: Durable, well-armed, and fast, the Poryshkin does suffer from a relatively high procurement cost for a corvette, as well as extremely cramped and uncomfortable crew quarters. They are most often employed as light raider units, or as light escorts for cruiser task forces. Poryshkins lack the size to be truly effective in large fleet actions, but their potent firepower commonly leads to their use in such engagements, which has resulted in unfortunately high loss rates.

 

Kunitsa class Frigate

FT-234

TMF 24

NPV 80 / CPV 62

Hull 7 (2/2/2/1)

Armour 1

Thrust 6

FTL

1 Fire Control

1 PDS

2 Class 2 Beam Batteries (FP/F/FS, All Arcs)

Kunitsa class Frigate: A solid and well-armed modern frigate design, the Kunitsa class is rarely seen in offensive operations. Instead they perform a variety of police and customs duties, provide vital convoy escorts, and act as light system patrol ships throughout ESU territory. They are a popular duty post among enlisted personnel, but officers regard assignment to a Kunitsa as a punishment tour, as there is little chance of glory or promotion in such mundane roles.

 

Ural class Destroyer

FT-235

TMF 34

NPV 114 / CPV 92

Hull 9 (3/2/2/2)

Armour 1

Thrust 6

FTL

1 Fire Control

1 PDS

4 Class 2 Beam Batteries (3xFP/F/FS, All Arcs)

Ural class Destroyer: Large, fast, and very powerfully armed, the Ural class destroyers are a superb destroyer, albeit somewhat fragile by ESU standards. Unlike older, slower destroyer designs, they are quite capable of performing raiding or interception duties, operating in wolfpacks of up to a dozen ships in such roles. They also act as heavy escorts in fleet actions, with enough firepower to contribute significantly to a cruiser squadron or capital ship’s offensive strength. Their only real drawback is their crew accommodations, which follow a long and unfortunate ESU tradition of being crowded and unpleasant in the extreme.

 

Ural class Destroyer - Fleet Variant

TMF 34

NPV 116 / CPV 94

Hull 10 (3/3/2/2)

Armour 1

Thrust 4

FTL

1 Fire Control

2 PDS

Level-1 Screens

3 Class 2 Beam Batteries (2xFP/F/FS, All Arcs)

 

NOTE: This is a "Fleet Destroyer" variant designed to act as a close escort for capital ships, rather than for independent action

 

 

Kunlun class Heavy Destroyer

FT-255

TMF 48

NPV 163 / CPV 138

Hull 11 (3/3/3/2)

Armour 2

Thrust 6

FTL

1 Fire Control

1 ADFC

4 PDS

4 Class 2 Beam Batteries (FP/F/FS, F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, All Arcs)

Kunlun class Heavy Destroyer: Another somewhat experimental design, the Kunlun class is the smallest ship to carry a "Active Fleet Defense Package" (4xPDS plus ADFC), specifically designed as a formation leader for the smaller destroyers. Too fragile for main fleet duties, and too expensive to be fielded in large numbers, but sometimes seen as a lightweight carrier escort.

 

Kiang class Light Cruiser

FT-236

TMF 54

NPV 182 / CPV 157

Average Hull 17 (5/4/4/4)

Armor 3

Thrust 4

FTL

Level-1 Screens

2 Fire Controls

2 PDS

5 Class 2 Beam Batteries (2xFP/F/FS, F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, All Arcs)

Kiang class Light Cruiser: A typical light cruiser, the Kiang design has solid structural integrity, screens, and mid-range beam weaponry.  The Kiangs are the backbone of the ESU’s new cruiser construction, and appear in most fleet formations and cruiser squadrons.

 

Oriskansky class Escort Cruiser

FT-237

TMF 67

NPV 227 / CPV 205

Average Hull 21 (6/5/5/5)

Armour 4

Thrust 4

FTL

Level-1 Screens

2 Fire Controls

1 ADFC

4 PDS

5 Class 2 Beam Batteries (2xFP/F/FS, F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, All Arcs)

Oriskansky class Escort Cruiser: An important part of the “New School” naval theory, the Oriskansky class is a specialist cruiser design intended to provide area defense coverage to smaller squadrons and non-battleline units, allowing a limited degree of independent operations to be undertaken by the fleet’s lighter elements. Built on an enlarged version of the Kiang light cruiser hull, they sacrifice some firepower to carry a standard Active Fleet Defense Package, which are otherwise found only on capital ships. These vessels are most often found in the company of other cruisers, where they operate in close formation as support units. They rarely accompany battleline ships, although they can sometimes be found providing additional defensive coverage for the lighter carrier hulls. The Oriskansky class is fairly common but rarely found concentrated in large numbers, as they are parceled out amongst the many light squadrons of the fleet.

 

Xinglong class Heavy Cruiser

FT-238

TMF 89

NPV 300 / CPV 290

Average Hull 26 (7/7/6/6)

Armour 5

Thrust 4

FTL

Level-1 Screens

2 Fire Controls

3 PDS

4 Class 2 Beam Batteries (F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, 2xAll Arcs)

2 Class 3 Beam Batteries (2xFP/F/FS)

 

Xinglong class Heavy Cruiser: One of the largest and most powerful heavy cruisers in service in any fleet, the Xinglong is a fair match for some light capital ships. With solid active and passive defenses, heavy beam weaponry, and a decent turn of speed, these ships are expensive but hard to match. They form the core of many independent cruiser squadrons, and are also found in close support of heavier battleline ships in larger fleets. Xinglongs are the class most often used to “show the flag” in diplomatic missions, and are some of the most widely-recognized ships in the ESU fleet.

 

Pobyeda class Battlecruiser

FT-239

TMF 107

NPV 364 / CPV 371

Average Hull 31 (8/8/8/7)

Armour 5

Thrust 4

FTL

Level-1 Screens

2 Fire Controls

1 ADFC

4 PDS

6 Class 2 Beam Batteries (2x F/FP/AP, 2x F/FS/AS, 2x All Arcs)

2 Class 3 Beam Batteries (2xFP/F/FS)

 

Pobyeda class Battlecruiser: The smallest of the new construction capital ships, this battlecruiser design shares many structural components with her larger companions in the battleline. Sometimes assigned to small task forces as a flagship, they are more commonly employed in main battleline formations where they provide extra numbers at a relatively low cost.

 

Khalinov class Battleship

FT-240

TMF 140

NPV 475 / CPV 531

Average Hull 42 (11/11/10/10)

Armor 6

Thrust 4

FTL

Level-1 Screens

3 Fire Controls

1 ADFC

4 PDS

4 Class 2 Beam Batteries ( F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, 2x All Arcs)

4 Class 3 Beam Batteries (2xFP/F/FS, F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS)

 

Alternate Big Gun Beam Armament:

Replace the 4 Beam-3s with 2 Beam-4s F/FP, F/FS plus 2 Beam-2s F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS

Khalinov class Battleship: Massive and extremely durable, the Khalinov class battleships make up the backbone of the ESU capital ship roster and appear in almost all large fleet formations. They are expensive ships to build, but are a match and more for any human vessel of similar mass. Khalinovs carry heavy medium range beam armament, an Active Fleet Defense Package, moderate screens, and a thick layer of armor over a strong basic hull structure. Their sheer toughness has led to very few losses in combat to date, which in turn has led to a reputation as being “lucky” ships to serve on.

 

Morov class Battledreadnought

FT-241

TMF 180

NPV 609 / CPV 753

Hull 55 (14/14/14/13)

Armour 7

Thrust 4

FTL

Level- 2 Screens

3 Fire Controls

1 ADFC

4 PDS

5 Class 2 Beam Batteries (F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, 3x All Arcs)

4 Class 3 Beam Batteries (2xFP/F/FS, F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS)

 

Alternate Big Gun Beam Armament:

Replace the 4 Beam-3s with 2 Beam-4s F/FP, F/FS plus 2 Beam-2s F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS

Morov class Battledreadnought: An improved and greatly enlarged version of the older Rostov class, the Morov’s are more accurately termed true dreadnaughts than light or battledreadnoughts. They possess very strong long and medium range beam weaponry, the usual Active Fleet Defense Package, and extremely powerful screen generators as well as a strong armored hull. Very expensive ships, they are most commonly used as fleet flagships in larger operations. Their only notable weakness is the lack of fighter capacity, which is sacrificed for greater direct combat capability.

 

Zhukov class Superdreadnought

FT-242

TMF 242

NPV 818 / CPV 1101  + Fighters

Hull 77 (20/19/19/19)

Armour 7

Thrust 4

FTL

Level- 2 Screens

4 Fire Controls

ADFC

4 PDS

5 Class 2 Beam Batteries ( F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, 3x All Arcs)

5 Class 3 Beam Batteries (FP/F/FS, 2xF/FP/AP, 2xF/FS/AS)

1 Fighter Bay

 

Alternate Big Gun Beam Armament:

Replace the Beam-3 2x F/FP/AP, 2xF/FS/AS with Beam-4s F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS

Zhukov class Superdreadnought: A long-overdue modern superdreadnought design, the Zhukov class ships are intimidatingly large vessels with tremendous firepower and solid defenses. They are not quite as heavily built or gunned as the older Komarovs, but their greatly improved thrust rating and resulting ability to operate in formation with smaller cruiser and capital ships more than makes up for this. They are a relatively rare design at present, but several more hulls are under construction at the Xiang shipyards.

 

Nanjing class Escort Carrier

FT-245

TMF 104

NPV 359 / CPV 293  + Fighters

Average Hull 26 (7/7/6/6)

Armour 4

Thrust 4

FTL

Level-1 Screens

2 Fire Controls

1 ADFC

4 PDS

5 Class 2 Beam Batteries (FP/F/FS,  F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, 2xAll Arcs)

2 Fighter Bays

Nanjing class Escort Carrier: Another product of the “New School” fleet architects, the Nanjing is a small, inexpensive carrier design intended to be produced in relatively large numbers to provide fighter support for ESU battle squadrons. Lightly-built and carrying only a light mid-range beam armament along with a dozen fighters, they are primarily defensive ships, avoiding the thick of battle and using their fighters to protect other ESU ships. Like the Oriskansky escort cruisers, they are rarely found in large numbers, as they are more often spread out among as many formations as possible.

 

Changchun class Light Carrier

FT-243

TMF 182

NPV 618 / CPV 577   + Fighters

Average Hull 55 (14/14/14/13)

Armour 5

Thrust 4

FTL

Level-1 Screens

2 Fire Controls

1 ADFC

4 PDS

6 Class 2 Beam Batteries (FP/F/FS,  F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS, 3xAll Arcs)

4 Fighter Bays

Changchun class Light Carrier: Built as a standard light carrier, the Changchun class is fairly durable and carries two dozen fighters, but is rather lightly armed for its size. Their fighter wings are most often used offensively, often with the carrier and its escorts in close support. They are commonly seen in the company of small groups of Cossack strikeboats, and coordination of missile and fighter strikes is a primary tactical skill for ESU carrier captains. They can also be found supporting mixed Ural/Kunlun destroyer wolfpacks in independent operations.

 

Shengfeng class Heavy Carrier

FT-244

TMF 289

NPV 1007 / CPV 1162   + Fighters

Average Hull 77 (20/19/19/19)

Armour 6

Thrust 3

FTL

Level-2 Screens

4 Fire Controls

1 ADFC

6 PDS

3 Class 2 Beam Batteries (3xAll Arcs)

5 Class 3 Beam Batteries (FP/F/FS, 2xF/FP/AP, 2xF/FS/AS)

6 Fighter Bays

 

Alternate High Thrust Version:

Thrust 4

Level-1 Screens

NPV 992 / CPV 1147  + Fighters

 

Alternate Big Gun Beam Armament:

Replace the Beam-3 2x F/FP/AP, 2xF/FS/AS with Beam-4s F/FP/AP, F/FS/AS

Shengfeng class Heavy Carrier: The Shengfeng class heavy carrier is a powerful but inordinately expensive design, and may be the largest spacecraft in operation in any human navy at this time. The ship’s extreme size is actually a response to the launch of the FSE Jeanne d’Arc supercarriers. Embarrassed by reports of the gigantic new vessels being built by their distressingly capitalist allies, the ESU politicos demanded an even more impressive ship from their own shipyards to demonstrate the power of the Soviet People. The original Shengfeng specifications called for a ship of only 23000 tons displacement, but the final, politically-motivated version tops the scales at over 28200, an increase of over twenty percent. The actual cost-effectiveness of the huge Shengfengs is debatable, but they are an impressive display of industrial and technical capacity.

 

 
 
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