GVD Typhon

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When the first of the PVD Typhon-class of destroyers was deployed during the Terran-Vasudan War, it devastated the Terran 4th Fleet during its first engagement.

The arrival of the Shivans sparked off the Great War and prompted both the Terrans and Vasudans to deploy the best of their forces. The Vasudan task force was led by the Typhon-class destroyer PVD Pinnacle. Another Typhon-class destroyer, the HLD Anvil, served as the flagship for the dissident group of Vasudan rebels, the Hammer of Light, until it was destroyed near the end of the conflict.

In the decades following the Great War, many Typhon-class destroyers were armed with beam and flak cannons and, in limited number, saw action during the NTF Rebellion and Second Shivan Incursion in 2367. The Great War-era reactors of the Typhon destroyers lacked sufficient energy to sustain prolonged fire of these new weapons, rendering them prone to blackouts and reactor overloads. Ultimately, the Vasudans chose to replace many of the Typhon-class destroyers with the newer GVD Hatshepsut destroyers.

Gvdtyphon-old.jpg
The GVD Typhon


Description:

FS1 Tech Room Description

Where the Aten cruiser failed, the Typhon succeeded well past expectations. The Typhon is an incredible work of engineering and the model of Vasudan technology. When the first one was sighted at the Vega Engagement, it was laughed at by our technicians as a foolish display of non utilitarian design. The subsequent destruction of the GTD Eisenhower and the total decimation of the 4th fleet changed their minds very quickly. The Typhon should never be underestimated. It wields massive weaponry, and has more armor plating than any Terran Destroyer. Its only known weakness is its turret armor, which is significant, but lower than expected. In the two years since this ship first appeared, we have only managed to destroy two of them.

The Typhon is considered a Class A threat to any ships within the same system. Do not engage without backup.

FS2 Tech Room Description

The GVD Typhon was the height of Vasudan military technology when it appeared to face Terran forces during the early days of the Terran-Vasudan War. The first Typhon was sighted at the Vega Engagement and quickly destroyed the GTD Eisenhower and much of the 4th fleet. The more recent Hatshepsut class of destroyers is larger and wields a deadlier array of armaments, but the Typhon is still a match for almost any foe. Up to 30 wings of fighters or bombers can be housed within its docking bays, ready to engage at a moment's notice.

Canon Typhons

Parliamentary/Galactic Vasudan Navy

Hammer of Light

Developer Notes

None

Name origin

In Greek mythology, Typhon attempted to replace Zeus as the god of mankind. After his defeat, he was exiled to Mount Etna and is said to be the cause of Etna's volcanic activity.

Performance:

Statistics

Type Destroyer
Manufacturer Unknown
Maneuverability N/A
Yaw, Pitch, Roll 150.0, 150.0, 150.0 s
Max Velocity 15.0 ms-1
Max Afterburner Velocity N/A ms-1
Armor N/A
Hitpoints 120 000
Shields N/A
Length 2153 m
Fighter Complement 30 wings (approx. 60-180 spacecraft)

Armaments

FreeSpace 1 FreeSpace 2
Turret Type Amount Turret Type Amount
Terran Huge Turret 5 Terran Huge Turret 2
Terran Turret 4 Standard Flak 5
FighterKiller 6 FighterKiller 4
Anti-Fighter Beam 2
Big Vasudan Beam 2

Modding Resources

GVDTyphon.png
The GVD Typhon in the FSPort mediaVPs 3.6.13


Retail:

$POF File: capital03.pof
Textures: capital-01a(/b/c), capital-02a, capital-03a, capital-04a, capital-05a, capital-06a, invisible

MediaVPs 3.6.14:

$POF File: Typhon.pof
Textures: Typhon, Typhon-Debris
Model by RagingLoli
Textures and POFing by Galemp
WIP thread: The Definitive Typhon on 14 March 2011.
Released in the FSPort MediaVPs 3.6.13 on 20 June 2011

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Veteran Comments

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The Typhon poses a threat to fightercraft much more then the Orion. In FS1 it mounts a number of rather dangerous FighterKiller missile batteries; in FS2 it has acquired flak guns and AAA beams to supplement its now-marginally effective missile batteries. Treat it carefully at first, but if you can identify and remove the more dangerous turrets, the Typhon becomes much less of a problem.


With 20,000 more hit points, the Typhon is better-armored than the GTD Orion, but the Orion has a much stronger broadside- 1 more turret in FS1, and 3 times as many beams in FS2. Although the Typhon's anti-bomber/fighter defenses are better than its Terran equivalent, a determined attack by heavy fighters could wipe out 90% of those defenses with minimal casualties, in FreeSpace 1 or 2. The Typhon's only real advantage in either game is two more fighter squadrons.


But perhaps the Vasudans are smart. Bombers are the real capship killers, and the Typhon's impressive 30 wings and better anti-fighter armament would give it an edge in an FS1 battle versus Orion. Particularly in a battle with FS1-style unshielded fighters, the Orion's blob turrets can be dodged, but the Typhon's FighterKiller aren't as easy to shake off. Despite the advances in capital ship defenses in FS2, large ships are still sitting ducks against a real fighter/bomber attack, like in most space shooters.


Despite its rather intimidating gesture, the turrets on this capital ship are very easy to destroy, easily removing any defenses against fighters and bombers. Not to mention that it has some pretty poor weapon placement where a single fighter can find a blindspot and slowly pound the thing to its death. At least the Hatshepsut corrects these errors.


While the Orion and the Hecate make a complementary pair in FS2, the Typhon is more or less well outclassed by the Hatshepsut. Never let a useful weapons platform go to waste, but the Vasudans would be well served to keep the better destroyer on the front lines. The Hatshesput covers all roles just a bit better than its predecessor.