Remaining Technical Data
- 1.5m aperture graser
- revolver missile tubes
- Service life: 1912–1917
The designers of the Shrike-class LAC took advantage of several innovations to produce this deadly little craft. It was the first ship to be outfitted with Beta-squared nodes allowing it to have sidewalls only seen in light cruisers before. It also was the first ship to possess a bow wall, closing off its fore aspect.
Another innovation is its power plant, a fission pile that can power the craft for 18 years. This, like the Beta-squared nodes, saves space to cram in the outsized grazer and missile tubes.
Its offensive and defensive weapons all face forward so its tactical doctrine emphasises oblique approaches, under stealth when possible, and only activating the bow wall once the LACs are committed. This is necessary because a ship can only change its vector with reaction thrusters once the bow wall is up.
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