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|The ORC Amalthea|
Tech Room Description
Outer Rim Syndicate - Amalthea Cruiser
The Amalthea-class cruiser is a heavily modified refit of the Leviathan-class cruiser and the only Syndicate cruiser still currently deployed in the Exodus Fleet. However, the Amalthea was originally a GTA design. The first Amalthea-class cruisers appeared in the GTA 1st Gaian Fleet shortly after the Great War by refitting older Leviathan-class cruisers with reinforced armor, a more powerful engine, and new torpedo launchers. Several dozen more Leviathan-class cruisers were refitted into Amalthea-class cruisers during and shortly following the Secession War by the GTA and the EFN, respectively. However, the Amalthea quickly became obsolete when the ORS-EFN arms race after the Secession War resulted in a completely new generation of Federate cruisers replacing the Amalthea cruisers. Bamiyan Development Corporation then covertly acquired the Amalthea’s blueprints through corporate espionage and used them as a template to retrofit the Amalthea for use by the ORS Navy. With a more powerful reactor, a small launch bay able to house a small contingent of repair drones, and modern weapon systems including three railgun batteries and two defensive missile launchers, the modified Amalthea fully met the requirements of an ORS fleet asset. These new Amalthea cruisers were first introduced in 2343 to complement the 2nd Jovian Fleet's patrols in the Asteroid Belt and around Jupiter’s moons. Since then, they continuously served in ORS units and though their production was discontinued in favor of the Vitalius-class frigates, they could still be seen in every ORS fleet up until the Shivan Invasion. Amalthea cruisers played an important part in the Great Exodus and were subsequently assigned to the Escort Fleet.
- Model by Col.Hornet
- Textures by Nyctaeus