UEFg Murugan

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Murugan Dreadnought Initial Concept.
Revised Murugan Dreadnought Concept.

The Murugan was a class of warship designed for the Federation Navy.

Description:

Blue Planet: War in Heaven Tech Description

The Federation fleet had a powerful defensive core in the Solaris flagships but was brittle on the offensive. In 2376 Admiral Calder's Jovian Rim Fleet had routed the Gaian Effort in the decisive Battle of Eris Base, ending a protacted and costly campaign against the militant organisation. However, the conflict had exposed shortcomings of Navy assets, specifically the undergunned and underarmoured Purusha light frigate and the modern but fragile Karuna frigate carrier. A paradigm shift in warship design was called for by the Admiralty and several proposals for a next-generation warship were considered.

Admiral Calder's concept was as bulldog as the man himself. He envisioned a dreadnought suited to his aggressive, unsubtle practice of warfare. The ship's dimensions would approach destroyer-scale, but the ship would forgo a fighter hangar for increased armour. The Murugan sported a bruising main battery of frigate-scale mass drivers in four triple-barreled turrets. Long range strike capability came in the form of a pair of spinal gauss cannons. A suite of point defense turrets provided antifighter fire and warhead interception. The Murugan was a brute of a ship, all muscle, built to brawl against cruisers and prevail.

Fresh from victory over the Gefs, Calder utilised his considerable clout to push for the allocation of resources towards the Murugan. Construction of a prototype vessel was commenced at the Bradbury Fleetyards, but was halted barely two months into construction when computer simulations identified problems with the ship's combat effectiveness. The ship was essentially undergunned for her size and role, and the design was revisited and refined. The ship's primary battery was doubled, supplemented by a new secondary battery of cruiser-grade mass drivers. Four torpedo launchers were installed, each capable of firing a swarm of Apocalypse antimatter missiles. Finally, the point defense suite was enhanced with several flak turrets. The firepower of the refit design would come close to exceeding that of the Solaris-class destroyers.

At this stage the budget had blown out to five times the initial estimate and construction was considerably behind schedule. It would be years before the first Murugan would roll out of the yards and Third Fleet needed to replenish its losses from the campaign against the Gefs. The Murugan project was put on indefinite hold, and resources would instead be directed towards the Narayana heavy frigate.

Developer Notes

This ship was created by Esarai for the HLP Modding Contest.

Credits

  • Original concept and model by Esarai

Name Origin

Murugan is one of the many names of the Hindu god of war. He is the son of Shiva and the commander of the army of the Devas.

Performance:

Statistics

Name UEFg Murugan
Type Dreadnought
Manufacturer Bradbury Fleet Yards (cancelled)
Yaw, Pitch, Roll 125.0, 125.0, 125.0 s
Max Velocity 25 ms-1
Hitpoints 125 000 pts
Length 1857 m


Armaments

Concept A Concept B
Turret Type Amount Turret Type Amount
Mass Driver#Karuna 4x3 Mass Driver#Karuna 8x3
Mass Driver#Sanctus 12x2
Gauss Cannon#Narayana 2 Gauss Cannon#Narayana 2
Apocalypse#Karuna 4
Point Defense Turret 12 Point Defense Turret 14
Dart 3 Dart 3
Flak Screen 6


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