Alliance battleship (640 UC era)
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Alliance battleships during the Battle of Dagon (640 UC (331 IC / 3440 CE))
|Affiliation:||Free Planets Alliance|
|Armament:||8 forward beam cannons|
This design was the main battleship class of the Free Planets Star Fleet during the time of first contact with the Galactic Empire, and served as the mainstay of Alliance forces during the Battle of Dagon and the initial days of the Alliance–Imperial War. The most notable ship of this class was the Santa Isabel which served as the flagship of Lin Pao during the Battle of Dagon. This class was eventually rendered obsolete, phased out of service, and replaced by newer designs.
The main armament consisted of 8 beam cannons grouped into 2 groups of 4. Each group had its own dedicated power generator to ensure some firepower was retained in case of damage to the other.
The main weapons were not entirely of modular construction though complete modularity was the goal. However later generations of ships, culminating in the Ajax class flagships would have modular construction of both their weapon and engine sections, allowing for interchangeability. They would be descendants of the design philosophy first seen in this early Alliance design.
Multiple pure water tanks for use as propellant were positioned dorsally, ventrally, and on both sides of the hull in order to avoid shifting the ship's centre of mass. Compared to later generations of ships, propellant use was higher due to more inefficient engines.
Along the side of the hull was a shutter-like access panel for the ship's main reactor. In that time period, the reactors had a short operational lifespan and required frequent maintenance or replacement. The large access panel was designed to increase readiness rates of the ships, but the needs of having access limited the amount of armour that could be placed over the panel. After several reports of beam cannon hits penetrating through to the reactor and causing catastrophic damage, such a feature was discarded in the subsequent generation of Alliance ships.
On the ship's ventral hull was a small shuttle hangar with space for 12 shuttles. These shuttles were used for communication and ferrying of personnel only and were unarmed. (Fleet File Collection Vol.3)
As the standard Alliance battleship of 740 UC (431 IC / 3540 CE) was still using electron beam cannons as primary weapons, this implies that older ship designs, such as the 640 UC (331 IC / 3440 CE) era Alliance battleship, also had electron beam cannons as their primary armament. (Data Book: Mechanic & Seiyū Encyclopaedia, p. 137)
A sketch of this old class of battleship appears in the extra features of the DVD box set.