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Fiction => Aurora => Topic started by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 22, 2019, 03:10:56 PM

Title: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 22, 2019, 03:10:56 PM
I'm always very short on time, so the entries will be super brief. Also, I'm not English native, so beware. I've been playing this campaign for a while, and it starts to get interesting, so I've decided it's worth an AAR.

Start parameters (default if not mentioned):
Year: 0
Difficulty: 100%
Max number of systems: 150
Starting NPRs: 2
NPR generation: Disabled
Precursors & Star Swarm: Enabled

Racial Data:
Name: United Systems
Government type: Representative Democracy
Location: Earth/Sol
Training Level: 5
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 22, 2019, 03:40:08 PM
September 11, Year 54.
MAP & Diplo data:
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It's been almost 35 years since I've met the Union of Gun (GUN or Gun Union for short). Scary looking robots (are they?) with actual guns instead of hands, that were given a chance for friendship. Well, one sided kind of friendship, because I don't trust them.

I get their research data occasionally. In return, I allow them to keep buzzing around Sol in their slow (1.4K km/s) ships. It was hard to find them, but I managed.

I wanted to attack them, many times. But ultimately decided that peace, even though boring, is much more profitable to me. My resource situation is not particularly great (I'll get to that later), so making it any worse before it'll stabilize will not be wise.

Another thing that came into my head was that if I met another empire, and there will be some kind of 3 way conflict, it'll be hard to process turns. But that's a silly excuse, I guess. Or is it?

Things changed in Y54. I did find ruins and wrecks previously. But no additional alien activity. Today, I've found two Jump Gates, which I do not believe were built by GUN. Somebody else built them. They lead to nowhere on one side (EG 45, an empty system), and to almost nothing on the other (EG 290 no habitable planets or any additional Jump Gates).

I'll go into more detail about my current fleets later, but I do not feel that I'm ready for a serious conflict yet.

I have two combat fleets (1x CVL 10x DDG and 1x CV 12x DDG) and some support ships (4x AKE, 4x AO). My plans for a cruiser were postponed previously, because I feel the need for a better (at least 250+K km) gunnery FCS (I want an area defense capability on it). Current engine tech is magneto-plasma, but I feel like I'll be able to produce new generation of ships in just a couple of years. Most tech has already been done.

I'm yet to produce a minelayer (or mines) to place sensors buoys, among other things I'm yet to do. Not sure if the makers of those Jump Gates are still around, but if I'm about to meet them, I don't think this new "first contact" will be as friendly as the first one. I need to prepare more.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 23, 2019, 12:00:13 AM
Economy

Due to automation difficulties, I went with centralized approach. Everything of importance is located on Earth. Other colonies are made as close as possible, and first of all are treated as a source of minerals. Including Sorium, because I figured it takes too much micromanagement effort to control gas giant fuel harvesting ops. It's easier to just mine it with all other minerals, ship it back to Earth and refine there.

Civilian sector plays a very important role. Everything that civilians can do themselves - I allow and encourage it. Therefore in every system there's a main hub that gathers all the minerals mined by the civilian mining complexes.

Colonial hubs outside of Sol have small industrial complexes to allow small scale construction and PDC assembly.

Earth industries:
DSTS lvl 17 (9350)
Spaceport lvl 1
Shipyards 764k naval, 1.12m civilian
Maintenance facilities 500 (100k tons)
Construction factories 674
Ordnance factories 222
Fighter factories 250
Fuel refineries 200
Mines 431 (some are converted to auto to be shipped away)
Mass drivers 6 (30k tons)
Research labs 70

Population

Sol:
Earth 1.5b
Luna 126m
Mars 75m
Mercury 0.26m
Venus 0 (automated mining colony)

Bernards Star:
Bortus (no mustache) 13.87m

Luyten 726-8:
Feb 1.42m

WISE 0410+1502:
Socrates 0.52m

Listening posts in systems:
Altair (2x DSTS)
Proxima Centauri (2x DSTS)

United Systems CIA station embassy  on GUN homeworld:
Luyten 1305-10A II M 4 -- no population

Minerals situation

Earth is almost out of ore, but has 30-190K of each mineral type stored. Luna (2.7m), Mars (7.6m), Mercury (3m) and Venus (42m) have decent mineral deposits, with the biggest being on Venus, but their accessibility is medium to low. Closest colonies of Bortus (51m), Feb (74m) and Socrates (167m) all have huge deposits, but most of them are either 0.1 or ~0.4. So Auto/Mines are being created on Earth now to increase extraction volume, which is currently pretty low and not enough to fulfill Earth's industrial needs (even under ideal circumstances, like no freighters being blown up by aliens).
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 23, 2019, 01:47:59 PM
I dug up some info around and it may be that these Jump Gates I found are not a telltale sign of an active alien Empire. So I may have jumped the gun with this AAR, he-he. But let's continue anyway, who knows what might happen...

Current state of the United Systems Navy:

TG 1.1 "Ranger" (2nd Gen ships)
1x Ranger class CVL (10x Strike Fighters, 5x Beam Fighters, 1x Early Warning scout)
10x Mahan class DDG

TG 2.1 "Enterprise" (3rd Gen ships)
1x Enterprise class CV (36x Strike Fighters, 24x Beam Fighters, 7x Early Warning scouts)
12x Cole class DDG

Rescue and Recovery Div 1
4x Rama class ARS (Rescue and Salvage Ships)

Supply Squadron 1
4x Pyro class AKE
4x Saturn class AO

TG 2.1 is the main strike force. Some (2-4) destroyers from TG 1.1 would be detached to escort Supply Squadron ships as needed. The rest of 1.1 would be in reserve. Earth and Bortus colony have various PDCs, including some hangars for reserve fighters.

Designs:

Carriers:

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Ranger class Light Carrier    35 200 tons     700 Crew     4726.88 BP      TCS 704  TH 1800  EM 0
2556 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 4-95     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 54     PPV 0
Maint Life 4.25 Years     MSP 7854    AFR 291%    IFR 4%    1YR 699    5YR 10484    Max Repair 791 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Flight Crew Berths 195   
Flag Bridge    Hangar Deck Capacity 8000 tons     Magazine 622    Cryogenic Berths 200   

J35200(3-50) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 35200 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
600 EP Ion Drive (3)    Power 600    Fuel Use 30%    Signature 600    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 3 000 000 Litres    Range 51.1 billion km   (231 days at full power)

AFM-41 Funny Man (60)  Speed: 35 200 km/s   End: 23.7m    Range: 50.1m km   WH: 4    Size: 4    TH: 246/147/73
ASM-41 Falling Star (80)  Speed: 20 800 km/s   End: 40.4m    Range: 50.4m km   WH: 9    Size: 4    TH: 138/83/41

Strike Group
10x F/A-3 Banshee Strikefighter   Speed: 10333 km/s    Size: 9.29
5x F-4R Ray Fighter   Speed: 12877 km/s    Size: 9.94
1x EW-2F Interrogator Early Warning and Control   Speed: 6400 km/s    Size: 10
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Enterprise class Carrier    100 000 tons     2026 Crew     16535.24 BP      TCS 2000  TH 2240  EM 0
3200 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 5-191     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 140     PPV 0
Maint Life 2.26 Years     MSP 12427    AFR 665%    IFR 9.2%    1YR 3298    5YR 49468    Max Repair 3466 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 30 months    Flight Crew Berths 323   
Flag Bridge    Hangar Deck Capacity 32000 tons     Magazine 1866    Cryogenic Berths 600   

J100000(3-50) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 100000 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
640 EP Magneto-plasma Drive (TR35%) (10)    Power 640    Fuel Use 14.31%    Signature 224    Exp 8%
Fuel Capacity 9 000 000 Litres    Range 113.2 billion km   (409 days at full power)

CIWS-160 (3x6)    Range 1000 km     TS: 16000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit
AFM-41 Funny Man (144)  Speed: 35 200 km/s   End: 23.7m    Range: 50.1m km   WH: 4    Size: 4    TH: 246/147/73
ASM-41 Falling Star (288)  Speed: 20 800 km/s   End: 40.4m    Range: 50.4m km   WH: 9    Size: 4    TH: 138/83/41

ECM 10

Strike Group
36x F/A-3 Banshee Strikefighter   Speed: 10333 km/s    Size: 9.29
12x F-4G Grizzly Fighter   Speed: 13704 km/s    Size: 9.34
12x F-4R Ray Fighter   Speed: 12877 km/s    Size: 9.94
3x EW-2F Interrogator Early Warning and Control   Speed: 6400 km/s    Size: 10
4x EW-2 Seer Early Warning and Control   Speed: 3232 km/s    Size: 9.9


Destroyers:

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Mahan class Destroyer, Guided Missile    11 400 tons     260 Crew     1843.88 BP      TCS 228  TH 600  EM 420
2631 km/s     Armour 4-45     Shields 14-300     Sensors 12/12/0/0     Damage Control Rating 14     PPV 32.24
Maint Life 6.42 Years     MSP 1415    AFR 74%    IFR 1%    1YR 59    5YR 888    Max Repair 160 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Spare Berths 0   
Magazine 367   

300 EP Ion Drive (2)    Power 300    Fuel Use 52.5%    Signature 300    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 700 000 Litres    Range 21.0 billion km   (92 days at full power)
Beta R300/324 Shields (9)   Total Fuel Cost  122 Litres per hour  (2 916 per day)

Single Gauss Cannon R1-100 Turret (1x2)    Range 10 000km     TS: 8000 km/s     Power 0-0     RM 1    ROF 5        1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gunnery FCS 16K/8K (1)    Max Range: 32 000 km   TS: 8000 km/s     69 37 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AMM-1-10s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 1    Rate of Fire 10
ASM-6-1200s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 6    Rate of Fire 1200
ASM FCS 8Kt/175M (1)     Range 175.3m km    Resolution 160
AMM FCS 1.25M (2)     Range 11.5m km    Resolution 1
AMM-12-3M Magic (175)  Speed: 25 600 km/s   End: 2m    Range: 3m km   WH: 1    Size: 1    TH: 290/174/87
ASM-62-150M Sunburn (32)  Speed: 23 500 km/s   End: 106.4m    Range: 150m km   WH: 9    Size: 6    TH: 164/98/49

AMM Radar 1M (1)     GPS 160     Range 9.6m km    MCR 1.0m km    Resolution 1
RAD 8Kt/204M (1)     GPS 23520     Range 204.5m km    Resolution 160
Thermal Sensor TH2-12 (1)     Sensitivity 12     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  12m km
EM Detection Sensor EM2-12 (1)     Sensitivity 12     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  12m km

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Cole class Destroyer, Guided Missile    10 000 tons     246 Crew     1981.36 BP      TCS 200  TH 640  EM 300
3200 km/s     Armour 4-41     Shields 10-300     Sensors 22/22/0/0     Damage Control Rating 15     PPV 34.27
Maint Life 2.14 Years     MSP 681    AFR 145%    IFR 2%    1YR 198    5YR 2975    Max Repair 256 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 25 months    Spare Berths 0   
Magazine 367    Cryogenic Berths 200   

640 EP Magneto-plasma Drive (1)    Power 640    Fuel Use 14.31%    Signature 640    Exp 8%
Fuel Capacity 400 000 Litres    Range 50.3 billion km   (181 days at full power)
Delta R300/300 Shields (4)   Total Fuel Cost  50 Litres per hour  (1 200 per day)

Twin Gauss Cannon R3-67 Turret (1x6)    Range 30 000km     TS: 16000 km/s     Power 0-0     RM 3    ROF 5        1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gunnery FCS 32K/16K (1)    Max Range: 64 000 km   TS: 16000 km/s     84 69 53 37 22 6 0 0 0 0

AMM-1-10s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 1    Rate of Fire 10
ASM-6-720s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 6    Rate of Fire 720
ASM FCS 8Kt/175M (1)     Range 175.3m km    Resolution 160
AMM FCS 3/27.7M (2)     Range 27.7m km    Resolution 1
AMM-12-3M Magic (143)  Speed: 25 600 km/s   End: 2m    Range: 3m km   WH: 1    Size: 1    TH: 290/174/87
ASM-62-150M Sunburn (32)  Speed: 23 500 km/s   End: 106.4m    Range: 150m km   WH: 9    Size: 6    TH: 164/98/49
AFM-41 Funny Man (8)  Speed: 35 200 km/s   End: 23.7m    Range: 50.1m km   WH: 4    Size: 4    TH: 246/147/73

AMM Radar 3/27.7M (1)     GPS 252     Range 27.7m km    MCR 3.0m km    Resolution 1
RAD 8Kt/321M (1)     GPS 36960     Range 321.4m km    Resolution 160
Thermal Sensor TH2-22 (1)     Sensitivity 22     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  22m km
EM Detection Sensor EM2-22 (1)     Sensitivity 22     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  22m km

ECCM-1 (1)         ECM 10


Fighters:

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F/A-3 Banshee class Strikefighter    465 tons     3 Crew     132.8 BP      TCS 9.29  TH 96  EM 0
10333 km/s     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 2.4
Maint Life 2.67 Years     MSP 18    AFR 17%    IFR 0.2%    1YR 4    5YR 54    Max Repair 48 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.1 months    Spare Berths 1   
Magazine 16   

96 EP Magneto-plasma Drive (1)    Power 96    Fuel Use 274.36%    Signature 96    Exp 20%
Fuel Capacity 15 000 Litres    Range 2.1 billion km   (56 hours at full power)

MS4-BX Missile Launcher (4)    Missile Size 4    Hangar Reload 30 minutes    MF Reload 5 hours
ASM FCS(F) 5Kt/55M (1)     Range 55.4m km    Resolution 100
ASM-41 Falling Star (4)  Speed: 20 800 km/s   End: 40.4m    Range: 50.4m km   WH: 9    Size: 4    TH: 138/83/41

RAD(F)-5Kt/51M (1)     GPS 4725     Range 52.0m km    Resolution 100
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F-4R Ray class Fighter    497 tons     4 Crew     145.4 BP      TCS 9.94  TH 128  EM 0
12877 km/s     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 3
Maint Life 2.2 Years     MSP 18    AFR 19%    IFR 0.3%    1YR 5    5YR 75    Max Repair 64 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.1 months    Spare Berths 0   

128 EP Magneto-plasma Drive (1)    Power 128    Fuel Use 271.53%    Signature 128    Exp 20%
Fuel Capacity 15 000 Litres    Range 2.0 billion km   (43 hours at full power)

10cm Railgun V3/C3 (1x4)    Range 30 000km     TS: 12877 km/s     Power 3-3     RM 3    ROF 5        1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S00.5 40-4000 (FTR) (1)    Max Range: 80 000 km   TS: 16000 km/s     88 75 62 50 38 25 12 0 0 0
Stellarator Fusion Reactor PW3 (1)     Total Power Output 3    Armour 0    Exp 5%

AMM Radar 250K/2.3M (1)     GPS 21     Range 2.3m km    MCR 252k km    Resolution 1
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F-4G Grizzly class Fighter    467 tons     4 Crew     138.2 BP      TCS 9.34  TH 128  EM 0
13704 km/s     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 3
Maint Life 2.26 Years     MSP 18    AFR 17%    IFR 0.2%    1YR 5    5YR 71    Max Repair 64 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.1 months    Spare Berths 0   

128 EP Magneto-plasma Drive (1)    Power 128    Fuel Use 271.53%    Signature 128    Exp 20%
Fuel Capacity 15 000 Litres    Range 2.1 billion km   (43 hours at full power)

Gauss Cannon R3-50 (1x3)    Range 30 000km     TS: 13704 km/s     Accuracy Modifier 50%     RM 3    ROF 5        1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S00.5 40-4000 (FTR) (1)    Max Range: 80 000 km   TS: 16000 km/s     88 75 62 50 38 25 12 0 0 0

AMM Radar 250K/2.3M (1)     GPS 21     Range 2.3m km    MCR 252k km    Resolution 1
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EW-2 Seer class Early Warning and Control    495 tons     16 Crew     149 BP      TCS 9.9  TH 32  EM 0
3232 km/s     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/22/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
Maint Life 1.74 Years     MSP 19    AFR 19%    IFR 0.3%    1YR 8    5YR 115    Max Repair 94 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 1.9 months    Spare Berths 0   

32 EP Magneto-plasma Drive (B) (1)    Power 32    Fuel Use 49%    Signature 32    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 20 000 Litres    Range 14.8 billion km   (53 days at full power)

RAD 8Kt/131M (1)     GPS 15120     Range 131.5m km    Resolution 160
EM Detection Sensor EM2-22 (1)     Sensitivity 22     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  22m km
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EW-2F Interrogator class Early Warning and Control    500 tons     9 Crew     168 BP      TCS 10  TH 64  EM 0
6400 km/s     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/22/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
Maint Life 1.86 Years     MSP 21    AFR 20%    IFR 0.3%    1YR 8    5YR 116    Max Repair 94 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.4 months    Spare Berths 4   

64 EP Magneto-plasma Drive (1)    Power 64    Fuel Use 277.19%    Signature 64    Exp 20%
Fuel Capacity 35 000 Litres    Range 4.5 billion km   (8 days at full power)

RAD 8Kt/131M (1)     GPS 15120     Range 131.5m km    Resolution 160
EM Detection Sensor EM2-22 (1)     Sensitivity 22     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  22m km
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Auxiliaries:

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Rama class Rescue and Salvage Ship    40 000 tons     293 Crew     1813.4 BP      TCS 800  TH 2000  EM 0
2500 km/s    JR 1-25(C)     Armour 4-104     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 28    Max Repair 200 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 24 months    Spare Berths 1   
Cargo 5000    Cryogenic Berths 1000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 5    Tractor Beam     
Salvager: 1 module(s) capable of salvaging 500 tons per day

JC41K Commercial Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 41000 tons    Distance 25k km     Squadron Size 1
400 EP Commercial Magneto-plasma Drive (5)    Power 400    Fuel Use 4.42%    Signature 400    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 1 850 000 Litres    Range 188.3 billion km   (871 days at full power)

CIWS-160 (4x6)    Range 1000 km     TS: 16000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit
This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes
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Pyro class Auxiliary Cargo and Ammunition    30 000 tons     567 Crew     3243.04 BP      TCS 600  TH 1600  EM 0
2666 km/s    JR 5-50     Armour 5-86     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 58     PPV 0
Maint Life 9.29 Years     MSP 10567    AFR 189%    IFR 2.6%    1YR 221    5YR 3309    Max Repair 551 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Spare Berths 0   
Magazine 2100    Cryogenic Berths 200   

J30000(5-50) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 30000 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 5
400 EP Commercial Magneto-plasma Drive (4)    Power 400    Fuel Use 4.42%    Signature 400    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range 67.9 billion km   (294 days at full power)

CIWS-160 (4x6)    Range 1000 km     TS: 16000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit
ECM 10

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes
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Saturn class Auxiliary Oiler    30 000 tons     172 Crew     1701.4 BP      TCS 600  TH 1600  EM 0
2666 km/s    JR 1-25(C)     Armour 4-86     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 35    Max Repair 100 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 120 months    Spare Berths 0   
Cryogenic Berths 2000    Tractor Beam     

JC30K Commercial Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 30000 tons    Distance 25k km     Squadron Size 1
400 EP Commercial Magneto-plasma Drive (4)    Power 400    Fuel Use 4.42%    Signature 400    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 11 000 000 Litres    Range 1492.8 billion km   (6480 days at full power)

CIWS-160 (4x6)    Range 1000 km     TS: 16000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit
This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes


These are 2nd and 3rd Generation of ships, and I'm just several years away from designing 4th Generation.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 24, 2019, 02:47:58 PM
October 17, Year 55

FLASH

Exploration Ship Simon Newcomb encountered six unknown alien ships while grav-surveying system NN 3517, one jump away from recently found Jump Gates (also 5 jumps away from Sol).

Unknown ships are of two classes (three each). All estimated 8600 tons, thermal signature 900, observed speed 5232 km/s. Both are using active sensors.

Another Jump Gate was found in a nearby system to the previous gates.

The most experienced diplomatic team, the one that was working with GUN all this time, was reassigned to deal with this new alien race.

No response yet. No shots fired. Yet...

FLASH

17th October 55 13:42:46, NN 3517, Simon Newcomb suffers complete structural failure due to the amount of damage it has received. The ship is destroyed.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 25, 2019, 01:42:23 PM
October 23, Year 55

23rd October 55 04:02:56, Unknown, Commander Anthony Morley has been captured by the NN 3517 Aliens #161

Union diplomats are still unable to make contact with the Nails. That's how I call them for now.

TG 2.1 Enterprise is readied and sent towards NN 3517. Other exploration ships remain in the area to keep watch. Supply Division 1 (Prov.) - TG 2.9 (2x AKE, 2x AO, 3x DDG) and Rescue and Recovery Div 1 are trailing behind the Enterprise group.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 25, 2019, 02:49:29 PM
November 27, Year 55

Still can't make contact with the Nails. Diplomatic team is not sure if that's even possible. Enterprise group has entered NN 3517 system. Current task - locate and destroy any Nails ships in NN 3517.

In other news...

New alien race found! Just three jumps away from our Nails encounter. Ross 594 appears to be their home world. Nine ships, thermal signature 275, were sitting on a Ross 594 - HIP 29332 (JG) Jump Point, on the Ross 594 side. They did not attack my exploration ships, but did detach a couple of vessels to investigate the hastily retreating explorers.

This spices things up even more. Did not expect to find two alien races so quickly after one another and so close to each other. I'm still a few (well, decent amount) months away from being ready to build new generation of combat ships. Gotta wait some more to find out the exact ETA.

Alright, wish the Enterprise group a good luck!

Map update:

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Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 25, 2019, 04:24:04 PM
November 28, Year 55

Combat Report

TG 2.1 assumed EMCON 1 (radio silence) before entering NN 3517. One Seer class EW fighter and two Interrogator class EW fighters were launched. Seer turned on active radar and took station near TG 2.1 which started moving in the direction of the wreckage. Interrogators were vectored to the most probable enemy locations. At 10:25 EW-2F Interrogator 003 detected six enemy vessels, near the wreck. The same ones that were responsible for the destruction of Simon Newcomb.

24 strike fighters, accompanied by 12 beam fighters were launched.

Bandits started approaching EW-2F 003, but it kept them at distance of 120M km. When the strike package came within 42M km of the targets, it turned out that they are using ECM 40. Strikers had to close in to 31M km.

6 targets, 96 missiles (WH 9), 16 missiles per target. Decent accuracy of ASM-41 Falling Star and outstanding (15-22%) crew grade bonuses allowed to score surprising 95 hits in total (timestamp 15:51).

The bad news is, only two enemy ships slowed down (1161 and 4086 km/s), while one secondary magazine explosion was detected. No ships were destroyed. All keep coming towards TG 2.1, which is just 150M km away. Enemy vessels have at least 3 levels of armor.

Strike package is ordered to RTB. Reserve strikers will be launched for reattack.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 27, 2019, 12:04:36 AM
Continued

Short mid combat update.

My WH 9 missiles seem to be pretty weak for what I'm dealing with. It's still Nov 28, and I've managed to destroy four enemy ships and damage two others, but ammo expenditure is greater than expected. Some enemy ships were capable of withstanding >35 missile hits. This is where I realized that using Laser or Meson/HPM armed fighters in swarm tactics could be a great help.

Speaking of swarm tactics. I tried sending a railgun-equipped fighter squadron to deal with the most damaged enemy ship (where I thought the ammo storage blew up). Oh man, it was a reaaaly slow action. The struggler was still relatively close to his mates, and upon closing, the fighter squadron became the target for countless ASM strikes. I've lost track of how much missiles were sent at them. I felt as if the enemy had 30 second reload launchers, and they were sending 3-8 missile volleys. For hours! Missile size 4, speed is hard to figure out, I saw 40000 km/s at some point.

Result - 2 of my fighters destroyed. But they managed to kill the damaged ship, which, thankfully, had no guns. The surviving squadron retreats to the carrier, using a rather long range (but safer) route.

Strike fighter squadrons were rearmed and now are coming after two surviving enemy ships. Should be finished with them on the next day. Rescue and Recovery ships are already en route.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: Garfunkel on August 27, 2019, 04:01:25 AM
Just a quick note, if you keep building DSTS on Earth, as well as improving their tech line, Aurora will start giving you errors at some point due to the sensor range becoming too large. I can't remember the exact distance where it happens.

Good luck with the battle!
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 27, 2019, 11:58:33 PM
March 28, Year 56

Post-battle

The remaining two enemy vessels were dealt with quickly and without problems. 100 EP Magneto-plasma engine was found in one of the wreckages. Other remains weren't that interesting.

System NN 3517 was swept head to toe. 5 Jump points and 2 small Nails colonies (thermal signatures 5 and 10) were found. Nothing else. All Navy task groups are returning back to Sol.

I can't make contact with the Ross 594 aliens, despite them not being overly aggressive. Their presumed homeworld is just 6 jumps away from Earth, but I'm not worried. Yet. New engine tech (Internal Confinement Fusion Drive) will be ready in August 57. Not sure if I should continue building combat ships with the old tech or wait. Unfortunately, I don't have any dropships built. Assaulting Nails colonies will have to wait.

Just a quick note, if you keep building DSTS on Earth, as well as improving their tech line, Aurora will start giving you errors at some point due to the sensor range becoming too large. I can't remember the exact distance where it happens.

Good luck with the battle!
Thanks for the tip!
I did have some errors with the game initially, but then I figured the most out. New ones appeared recently, during combat (like final PD fire error), but nothing majorly problematic it seems.
Excess DSTS are planned to be shipped off world, of course. I'm just being lazy, as always  ;D
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on August 31, 2019, 01:23:39 PM
July 27, Year 57

I managed to make full contact with the Ross 594 system aliens. They call themselves the Commonwealth of Majlesi. I call them MAJ for short now. Not sure if there was a bug or that's just due to diplomatic system's simplicity, but they allowed me to do trade with them even before I got comms with them. This got me thinking...

Nothing stops me from gaining infinite amounts of positive diplo score with MAJ. Just like it happened with GUN. I can make them my new friends, get their tech and such. But do I want that? Frankly, I don't need anything from them, not their planets, nor their stuff. But having two whole alien races, the both ones that I started the game with, as allies, would be pretty... anticlimactic. I was hoping for a conflict.. But for a true one. Don't want to instigate one just because it will be pretty boring otherwise.

United Systems isn't at its best yet anyway. I think I'll keep peacefully expanding and improving my colonies. Need to stabilize mineral excavation and expand the Navy. I am withdrawing my diplomats from MAJ, however. And I'm not even sure if I want to let their ships close to Sol. Letting them know where I live might not be the best idea, if there will ever be a conflict. This paranoid stance can become my new policy, but I need to think about it more. I'm not the most Role Playing guy ever, and being super paranoid or aggressive isn't in my character, but I can, say, establish some sort of parliamentary government body that could advise or even dictate national policies, stances and laws. Wink wink.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 05, 2019, 02:10:10 PM
July 21, Year 58

Feature creep...

It's been a while since I researched new generation engines. But my gunnery tech is still not advanced enough, so I keep postponing new ship designs. Refits, even the "free" ones, are looking kinda costly to me, and mineral situation isn't great yet anyway. Gunnery FCS Speed Rating 5K and Turret Tracking Speed Gear 10K are just around the corner, but Gunnery FCS Range 60K, which should allow me to design 240k km reaching gunnery FCS, is at least several years away.

Yet I'm not even sure I need such long range guns. I was aiming for ~250km 12cm laser turret (@10-20km/s tracking for Dual Purpose use). But now I can't really see their usefulness. I don't think it's a good idea to fight with big ships at close range in the first place. Fighters are much better suited for knife-fighting. I plan on always having enough scouts not to get into close range combat. New gun may be my "OHSHI~" button, a plan B, an insurance... I guess...
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 07, 2019, 01:33:00 PM
December 1, Year 58

Before making new generation of ships, I thought it would be wise to gather more intelligence from MAJ home system. A survey ship with active sensors was sent to Ross 594.

MAJ got themselves a big fleet. I did not bother to count yet, but I suspect at least 70 combat ships just below 10000 tons. But I haven't seen anything faster than 1500 km/s. Apparently, they did not like the way I was snooping around and revoked my trading access to their empire. Diplo score is showing 366 on my end and it stays the same while my ship is in their system, so I have no idea how exactly this "worsening of relations" works.

In other news, I've made some preliminary designs for my new destroyer. Biggest problem with mounting a new laser gun on them is that a good, long range and fast tracking (240k km range, 20k km/s tracking, for dual purpose use) FCS costs A LOT. A single unit would cost me 720 BP and the same amount of Uridium. That's almost 1/3 of the ship's BP cost and half of Uridium cost. That's totally unacceptable.

Lowering tracking on this FCS would make it almost useless against missiles and fighters, making DP capability worthless. 5000-10000 km/s is a stone age.  The only alternative I see is to use dedicated gun battery equipped ships, to warrant the FCS costs (per amount of guns). I'm still to envision a cruiser for United Systems Navy, so that's one more aspect to consider.

Also, I'm still torn between particle beams and lasers. Beams seem to be great dedicated anti-ship weapons, but lasers allow more flexibility due to turreting capability. As I've already said, I value multirole/dual purpose capabilities for everything possible. So I'm mostly leaning for lasers, but beams show great DPS potential one should not disregard.

Oh yeah, if you haven't noticed by now, it's hard for me to make up my mind about anything. I'm a somewhat hesitant person. Not even sure about how much hesitant! Case in point, I guess....
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: DIT_grue on September 08, 2019, 12:43:12 AM
I have no idea how exactly this "worsening of relations" works.

Under the hood, there are two figures - your opinion of them, and their opinion of you. You only get to see your opinion of them, the only way you can guess what they think about you is by the treaties they grant and revoke (there are exact thresholds for each, you can check them on the wiki (http://aurorawiki.pentarch.org/index.php?title=Diplomacy)).
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 08, 2019, 01:21:10 PM
I have no idea how exactly this "worsening of relations" works.

Under the hood, there are two figures - your opinion of them, and their opinion of you. You only get to see your opinion of them, the only way you can guess what they think about you is by the treaties they grant and revoke (there are exact thresholds for each, you can check them on the wiki (http://aurorawiki.pentarch.org/index.php?title=Diplomacy)).
Yeah.... Now I know that for sure. Strange, why I thought the diplo score is a sum of both. I totally must have read about it before and still managed to fail at it. I guess that's a side effect of me working without a day off for several weeks.

Well, it turned out more or less the way I anticipated... I wanted a conflict, and I got one...

August 19, Year 59

FLASH

MAJ ships destroyed six United Systems' exploration vessels (the entire 1st Grav Survey Squadron) in Ross 594. New diplomatic team is trying to contain the incident, but for now, we're in a state of WAR.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: Michael Sandy on September 09, 2019, 03:01:51 PM
Not all minerals are equally in short supply.  Normally, my economy is limited by Duranium.  I haven't seen a game where a Uridium shortage drove things, but it takes a while before Uridium starts dominating build costs, and in that time you are building up large stockpiles.

So if you have a massive supply of Uridium, the fire control cost affects the build time and maintenance, but that is about it.

A bigger concern would be losing that expensive system to damage or maintenance failures, as that results in long repair time.  And the cost also affects refits.  It is difficult to upgrade a fire control that costs 1/3 of the total ship cost.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 09, 2019, 11:09:53 PM
Not all minerals are equally in short supply.  Normally, my economy is limited by Duranium.  I haven't seen a game where a Uridium shortage drove things, but it takes a while before Uridium starts dominating build costs, and in that time you are building up large stockpiles.

So if you have a massive supply of Uridium, the fire control cost affects the build time and maintenance, but that is about it.

A bigger concern would be losing that expensive system to damage or maintenance failures, as that results in long repair time.  And the cost also affects refits.  It is difficult to upgrade a fire control that costs 1/3 of the total ship cost.
Uridium is currently in very short supply in Sol. Earth's reserve is just 29 thousand, while Sol's total extraction of Uridium is just 150 per year. Colonies provide additional 1100 annually at current rates. I'm trying to improve the situation, but it might get desperate soon enough.

I did figure out a simple solution to the problem of costly FCS, however. It was rather simple - increasing the amount of guns, to improve the hit chance. This is how the current template of the new generation of destroyers looks like. I purposely degraded some elements (like main radar) to fine tune the costs, keeping in mind my new cruisers that will have some better equipment to supplement the capabilities of smaller ships (I'm most likely going to design a cheaper and lighter frigate as well, for patrol duties).

(also note my new gen missiles are here!)
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Kidd class Destroyer, Guided Missile    9 900 tons     261 Crew     2924.66 BP      TCS 198  TH 1040  EM 360
5252 km/s     Armour 4-41     Shields 12-300     Sensors 28/28/0/0     Damage Control Rating 33     PPV 39.74
Maint Life 2.07 Years     MSP 646    AFR 224%    IFR 3.1%    1YR 201    5YR 3015    Max Repair 360 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 24 months    Spare Berths 0   
Magazine 384    Cryogenic Berths 200   

260 EP Internal Fusion Drive (4)    Power 260    Fuel Use 34.8%    Signature 260    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range 26.1 billion km   (57 days at full power)
Epsilon R300/288 Shields (4)   Total Fuel Cost  48 Litres per hour  (1 152 per day)

Twin 15cm SXR Laser Turret (1x2)    Range 360 000km     TS: 10000 km/s     Power 12-12     RM 6    ROF 5        6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 3
Twin Gauss Cannon R4-50 Turret (1x8)    Range 40 000km     TS: 20000 km/s     Power 0-0     RM 4    ROF 5        1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
CIWS FCS 60/20 (1)    Max Range: 120 000 km   TS: 20000 km/s     92 83 75 67 58 50 42 33 25 17
Gunnery FCS 240/10 (1)    Max Range: 480 000 km   TS: 10000 km/s     98 96 94 92 90 88 85 83 81 79
Tokamak Fusion Reactor PW-4 (3)     Total Power Output 12    Armour 0    Exp 5%

ASM-6-600s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 6    Rate of Fire 600
AMM-1-5s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 1    Rate of Fire 5
AMM FCS 3.5/32M (2)     Range 32.3m km    Resolution 1
ASM FCS 8Kt/208M (1)     Range 208.2m km    Resolution 160
AFM FCS 250t/31.5M (1)     Range 31.5m km    Resolution 5
AMM-14 Maestro (128)  Speed: 48 000 km/s   End: 1.2m    Range: 3.5m km   WH: 1    Size: 1    TH: 688/412/206
ASM-64 Sledgehammer (32)  Speed: 30 000 km/s   End: 55.6m    Range: 100.2m km   WH: 16    Size: 6    TH: 200/120/60
AFM-42 Foxy Love (16)  Speed: 45 000 km/s   End: 18.6m    Range: 50.3m km   WH: 4    Size: 4    TH: 450/270/135

RAD 8Kt/198M (1)     GPS 17920     Range 198.3m km    Resolution 160
RAD AMF 3.4/31M (1)     GPS 224     Range 31.4m km    MCR 3.4m km    Resolution 1
Thermal Sensor TH2-28 (1)     Sensitivity 28     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  28m km
EM Detection Sensor EM2-28 (1)     Sensitivity 28     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  28m km

ECCM-2 (1)         ECM 20
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 10, 2019, 02:24:11 PM
Not sure if I should have a whole dedicated thread for this, but here's the long pained cruiser design I came up with. Basically, it is an improved Kidd with double the weapons, better sensors, improved anti-fighter capability, and what's most important - an ability to lead smaller combat ships, both as a task force flag ship and as a jump ship. And it can carry two fighter craft! I've already designed a jump capable scout for it.

30.000 tons feels somehow wrong for such a small increase in firepower, but I feel like all the other capabilities are really worth it. I need a good lead ship/jump ship for heavy vanguard duty and to offer better protection to carriers.

I'd welcome any suggestions/comments, if there are any.

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Nashville class Cruiser, Guided Missile    30 000 tons     856 Crew     7828.76 BP      TCS 600  TH 3120  EM 540
5200 km/s    JR 7-1000     Armour 6-86     Shields 18-300     Sensors 42/84/0/0     Damage Control Rating 82     PPV 63.64
Maint Life 2 Years     MSP 3621    AFR 324%    IFR 4.5%    1YR 1203    5YR 18043    Max Repair 1087 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 24 months    Flight Crew Berths 21   
Flag Bridge    Hangar Deck Capacity 1000 tons     Magazine 720    Cryogenic Berths 200   

J30000(7-1000-E10) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 30000 tons    Distance 1000k km     Squadron Size 7
780 EP Internal Fusion Drive (4)    Power 780    Fuel Use 24.4%    Signature 780    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 1 250 000 Litres    Range 30.7 billion km   (68 days at full power)
Epsilon R300/288 Shields (6)   Total Fuel Cost  72 Litres per hour  (1 728 per day)

Twin 15cm SXR Laser Turret (2x2)    Range 360 000km     TS: 10000 km/s     Power 12-12     RM 6    ROF 5        6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 3
Twin Gauss Cannon R4-50 Turret (2x8)    Range 40 000km     TS: 20000 km/s     Power 0-0     RM 4    ROF 5        1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gunnery FCS 240/10 (2)    Max Range: 480 000 km   TS: 10000 km/s     98 96 94 92 90 88 85 83 81 79
CIWS FCS 60/20 (2)    Max Range: 120 000 km   TS: 20000 km/s     92 83 75 67 58 50 42 33 25 17
Tokamak Fusion Reactor PW-4 (6)     Total Power Output 24    Armour 0    Exp 5%

AMM-1-5s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 1    Rate of Fire 5
ASM-6-600s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 6    Rate of Fire 600
AFM-4-20s Missile Launcher (2)    Missile Size 4    Rate of Fire 20
AMM FCS 3.5/32M (2)     Range 32.3m km    Resolution 1
AFM FCS 200t/52M (1)     Range 52.9m km    Resolution 4
ASM FCS 8Kt/208M (1)     Range 208.2m km    Resolution 160
AMM-14 Maestro (200)  Speed: 48 000 km/s   End: 1.2m    Range: 3.5m km   WH: 1    Size: 1    TH: 688/412/206
ASM-64 Sledgehammer (64)  Speed: 30 000 km/s   End: 55.6m    Range: 100.2m km   WH: 16    Size: 6    TH: 200/120/60
AFM-42 Foxy Love (32)  Speed: 45 000 km/s   End: 18.6m    Range: 50.3m km   WH: 4    Size: 4    TH: 450/270/135

RAD 8Kt/396M (1)     GPS 35840     Range 396.7m km    Resolution 160
RAD AMF 5.5/50M (1)     GPS 364     Range 51.0m km    MCR 5.5m km    Resolution 1
Thermal Sensor TH3-42 (1)     Sensitivity 42     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  42m km
EM Detection Sensor EM6-84 (1)     Sensitivity 84     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  84m km

ECCM-2 (2)         ECM 20
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YJS class Jump Scout    498 tons     9 Crew     234 BP      TCS 9.95  TH 24  EM 0
10050 km/s    JR 1-1000     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 14/28/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
Maint Life 2.22 Years     MSP 29    AFR 19%    IFR 0.3%    1YR 8    5YR 119    Max Repair 100 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.5 months    Spare Berths 3   

J500(1-1000-E10) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 500 tons    Distance 1000k km     Squadron Size 1
100 EP Internal Fusion Drive (E x2.5) (1)    Power 100    Fuel Use 387.38%    Signature 24    Exp 25%
Fuel Capacity 50 000 Litres    Range 4.7 billion km   (5 days at full power)

RAD 8Kt/111M (1)     GPS 10080     Range 111.6m km    Resolution 160
Thermal Sensor TH1-14 (1)     Sensitivity 14     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  14m km
EM Detection Sensor EM2-28 (1)     Sensitivity 28     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  28m km
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: Garfunkel on September 12, 2019, 11:09:03 PM
The problem with both ships is that they are not as efficient as they could be. This is due to your design philosophy of multirole capability. I'm impressed how much you managed to cram into them but they are certainly weaker at any role when compared to a purpose built ship. Don't worry about the size, early-to-mid game multirole ships have to be big. Personally I would at least have two smaller classes, one for offense and one for defence.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 15, 2019, 01:26:09 PM
The problem with both ships is that they are not as efficient as they could be. This is due to your design philosophy of multirole capability. I'm impressed how much you managed to cram into them but they are certainly weaker at any role when compared to a purpose built ship. Don't worry about the size, early-to-mid game multirole ships have to be big. Personally I would at least have two smaller classes, one for offense and one for defence.
Thanks!
Yeah, I agree that it is cool to be able to cram stuff into warships, but it takes SO MUCH time to fiddle with and finetune the designs... I've just spent several days worth of game sessions simply dealing with the new generation ships. Actually, it is one of the reasons why I go for multirole - the less ship types to manage the better. By now I'm not even sure I actually want to have a dedicated frigate for aux escort and patrol duties. A single Nashville class CG may work in that role instead of a division of 2-3 Shepards, but the costs/capabilities aren't in CG favor...

All my ships are defensive/long range in nature, to support carrier warfare doctrine. Carrier based fighters are my main offensive craft. Fastest, hardest to target, easy to produce and maintain.

I'm still to create any troopships/dropships/LPD. I guess I'll have to deal with Uridium shortage first... Ugh... I just need to return to playing turns instead of being stuck in the ship designer.

Here's the list of 4th generation ship designs that I just pushed into production:

Shepard class FFG
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Shepard class Frigate, Guided Missile    7 450 tons     200 Crew     1833.78 BP      TCS 149  TH 780  EM 0
5234 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 4-33     Shields 0-0     Sensors 28/28/0/0     Damage Control Rating 33     PPV 19.06
Maint Life 2.25 Years     MSP 462    AFR 148%    IFR 2.1%    1YR 123    5YR 1851    Max Repair 224 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 24 months    Spare Berths 1   
Magazine 200    Cryogenic Berths 200   

J7.5K (E10-3-50) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 7500 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
260 EP Internal Fusion Drive (3)    Power 260    Fuel Use 34.8%    Signature 260    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 450 000 Litres    Range 31.2 billion km   (69 days at full power)

Twin Gauss Cannon R4-50 Turret (1x8)    Range 40 000km     TS: 20000 km/s     Power 0-0     RM 4    ROF 5        1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
CIWS FCS 60/20 (1)    Max Range: 120 000 km   TS: 20000 km/s     92 83 75 67 58 50 42 33 25 17

ASM-6-600s Missile Launcher (4)    Missile Size 6    Rate of Fire 600
AMM-1-5s Missile Launcher (4)    Missile Size 1    Rate of Fire 5
AMM FCS 3.5/32M (1)     Range 32.3m km    Resolution 1
ASM FCS 8Kt/208M (1)     Range 208.2m km    Resolution 160
AMM-14 Maestro (80)  Speed: 48 000 km/s   End: 1.2m    Range: 3.5m km   WH: 1    Size: 1    TH: 688/412/206
ASM-64 Sledgehammer (20)  Speed: 30 000 km/s   End: 55.6m    Range: 100.2m km   WH: 16    Size: 6    TH: 200/120/60

RAD AMF 3.4/31M (1)     GPS 224     Range 31.4m km    MCR 3.4m km    Resolution 1
RAD 8Kt/198M (1)     GPS 17920     Range 198.3m km    Resolution 160
Thermal Sensor TH2-28 (1)     Sensitivity 28     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  28m km
EM Detection Sensor EM2-28 (1)     Sensitivity 28     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  28m km

ECCM-2 (1)         ECM 20


Kidd class DDG
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Kidd class Destroyer, Guided Missile    9 950 tons     263 Crew     2947.66 BP      TCS 199  TH 1040  EM 360
5226 km/s     Armour 4-41     Shields 12-300     Sensors 28/28/0/0     Damage Control Rating 33     PPV 39.74
Maint Life 2.06 Years     MSP 648    AFR 226%    IFR 3.1%    1YR 204    5YR 3053    Max Repair 360 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 24 months    Spare Berths 0   
Magazine 384    Cryogenic Berths 200   

260 EP Internal Fusion Drive (4)    Power 260    Fuel Use 34.8%    Signature 260    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range 26.0 billion km   (57 days at full power)
Epsilon R300/288 Shields (4)   Total Fuel Cost  48 Litres per hour  (1 152 per day)

Twin 15cm SXR Laser Turret (1x2)    Range 360 000km     TS: 10000 km/s     Power 12-12     RM 6    ROF 5        6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 3
Twin Gauss Cannon R4-50 Turret (1x8)    Range 40 000km     TS: 20000 km/s     Power 0-0     RM 4    ROF 5        1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
CIWS FCS 60/20 (1)    Max Range: 120 000 km   TS: 20000 km/s     92 83 75 67 58 50 42 33 25 17
Gunnery FCS 240/10 (1)    Max Range: 480 000 km   TS: 10000 km/s     98 96 94 92 90 88 85 83 81 79
Tokamak Fusion Reactor PW-4 (3)     Total Power Output 12    Armour 0    Exp 5%

ASM-6-600s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 6    Rate of Fire 600
AMM-1-5s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 1    Rate of Fire 5
AMM FCS 3.5/32M (2)     Range 32.3m km    Resolution 1
ASM FCS 8Kt/208M (1)     Range 208.2m km    Resolution 160
AFM FCS 250t/52M (1)     Range 52.6m km    Resolution 5
AMM-14 Maestro (128)  Speed: 48 000 km/s   End: 1.2m    Range: 3.5m km   WH: 1    Size: 1    TH: 688/412/206
ASM-64 Sledgehammer (32)  Speed: 30 000 km/s   End: 55.6m    Range: 100.2m km   WH: 16    Size: 6    TH: 200/120/60
AFM-42 Foxxy Love (16)  Speed: 45 000 km/s   End: 18.6m    Range: 50.3m km   WH: 4    Size: 4    TH: 450/270/135

RAD AMF 3.4/31M (1)     GPS 224     Range 31.4m km    MCR 3.4m km    Resolution 1
RAD 8Kt/198M (1)     GPS 17920     Range 198.3m km    Resolution 160
Thermal Sensor TH2-28 (1)     Sensitivity 28     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  28m km
EM Detection Sensor EM2-28 (1)     Sensitivity 28     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  28m km

ECCM-2 (1)         ECM 20


Nashville class CG
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Nashville class Cruiser, Guided Missile    29 850 tons     854 Crew     7817.26 BP      TCS 597  TH 3120  EM 540
5226 km/s    JR 7-1000     Armour 6-85     Shields 18-300     Sensors 42/84/0/0     Damage Control Rating 82     PPV 63.64
Maint Life 2.01 Years     MSP 3601    AFR 324%    IFR 4.5%    1YR 1187    5YR 17806    Max Repair 1087 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 24 months    Flight Crew Berths 9   
Flag Bridge    Hangar Deck Capacity 750 tons     Magazine 720    Cryogenic Berths 200   

J30K (7-1000-E10) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 30000 tons    Distance 1000k km     Squadron Size 7
780 EP Internal Fusion Drive (4)    Power 780    Fuel Use 24.4%    Signature 780    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 1 300 000 Litres    Range 32.1 billion km   (71 days at full power)
Epsilon R300/288 Shields (6)   Total Fuel Cost  72 Litres per hour  (1 728 per day)

Twin 15cm SXR Laser Turret (2x2)    Range 360 000km     TS: 10000 km/s     Power 12-12     RM 6    ROF 5        6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 3
Twin Gauss Cannon R4-50 Turret (2x8)    Range 40 000km     TS: 20000 km/s     Power 0-0     RM 4    ROF 5        1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gunnery FCS 240/10 (2)    Max Range: 480 000 km   TS: 10000 km/s     98 96 94 92 90 88 85 83 81 79
CIWS FCS 60/20 (2)    Max Range: 120 000 km   TS: 20000 km/s     92 83 75 67 58 50 42 33 25 17
Tokamak Fusion Reactor PW-4 (6)     Total Power Output 24    Armour 0    Exp 5%

AMM-1-5s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 1    Rate of Fire 5
ASM-6-600s Missile Launcher (8)    Missile Size 6    Rate of Fire 600
AFM-4-20s Missile Launcher (2)    Missile Size 4    Rate of Fire 20
AMM FCS 3.5/32M (2)     Range 32.3m km    Resolution 1
AFM FCS 200t/52M (1)     Range 52.9m km    Resolution 4
ASM FCS 8Kt/208M (1)     Range 208.2m km    Resolution 160
AMM-14 Maestro (200)  Speed: 48 000 km/s   End: 1.2m    Range: 3.5m km   WH: 1    Size: 1    TH: 688/412/206
ASM-64 Sledgehammer (64)  Speed: 30 000 km/s   End: 55.6m    Range: 100.2m km   WH: 16    Size: 6    TH: 200/120/60
AFM-42 Foxxy Love (32)  Speed: 45 000 km/s   End: 18.6m    Range: 50.3m km   WH: 4    Size: 4    TH: 450/270/135

RAD 8Kt/396M (1)     GPS 35840     Range 396.7m km    Resolution 160
RAD AMF 5.5/50M (1)     GPS 364     Range 51.0m km    MCR 5.5m km    Resolution 1
Thermal Sensor TH3-42 (1)     Sensitivity 42     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  42m km
EM Detection Sensor EM6-84 (1)     Sensitivity 84     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  84m km

ECCM-2 (2)         ECM 20

Strike Group
3x JS-1 'DingerCat Jump Scout   Speed: 12145 km/s    Size: 4.94


Essex class CV

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Essex class Carrier    100 000 tons     2188 Crew     23580.3 BP      TCS 2000  TH 2496  EM 0
5200 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 6-191     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 240     PPV 0
Maint Life 2.36 Years     MSP 17684    AFR 666%    IFR 9.3%    1YR 4347    5YR 65204    Max Repair 3466 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 24 months    Flight Crew Berths 308   
Flag Bridge    Hangar Deck Capacity 32000 tons     Magazine 2624    Cryogenic Berths 1000   

J100K (3-50-E10) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 100000 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
1300 EP Internal Fusion Drive (Ex1.3/TR25%) (8)    Power 1300    Fuel Use 38.54%    Signature 312    Exp 13%
Fuel Capacity 13 020 000 Litres    Range 60.8 billion km   (135 days at full power)

CIWS-200 (4x8)    Range 1000 km     TS: 20000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit
ASM-64 Sledgehammer (340)  Speed: 30 000 km/s   End: 55.6m    Range: 100.2m km   WH: 16    Size: 6    TH: 200/120/60
AFM-42 Foxxy Love (144)  Speed: 45 000 km/s   End: 18.6m    Range: 50.3m km   WH: 4    Size: 4    TH: 450/270/135

ECM 20

Strike Group
36x F/A-5 Bane Strikefighter   Speed: 12578 km/s    Size: 9.54
24x F-6R Rancor Fighter   Speed: 20134 km/s    Size: 8.94
6x EW-3 Beholder Early Warning and Control   Speed: 12072 km/s    Size: 9.94
4x RV-1 Willie Rescue Shuttle   Speed: 20408 km/s    Size: 2.94
2x JS-1 'DingerCat Jump Scout   Speed: 12145 km/s    Size: 4.94


Fighter-sized craft
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EW-3 Beholder class Early Warning and Control    497 tons     4 Crew     289.4 BP      TCS 9.94  TH 28.8  EM 0
12072 km/s     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/28/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
Maint Life 2.47 Years     MSP 36    AFR 19%    IFR 0.3%    1YR 8    5YR 123    Max Repair 120 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.1 months    Spare Berths 0   

120 EP Internal Fusion Drive (Ex3/TR25) (1)    Power 120    Fuel Use 611.07%    Signature 28.8    Exp 30%
Fuel Capacity 70 000 Litres    Range 4.1 billion km   (3 days at full power)

RAD 5Kt/6.2-156M (1)     GPS 11200     Range 156.8m km    Resolution 100
EM Detection Sensor EM2-28 (1)     Sensitivity 28     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  28m km
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F/A-5 Bane class Strikefighter    477 tons     2 Crew     171.8 BP      TCS 9.54  TH 120  EM 0
12578 km/s     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 3.6
Maint Life 3.63 Years     MSP 23    AFR 18%    IFR 0.3%    1YR 3    5YR 40    Max Repair 60 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.1 months    Spare Berths 2   
Magazine 24   

120 EP Internal Fusion Drive (Ex3.0) (1)    Power 120    Fuel Use 611.07%    Signature 120    Exp 30%
Fuel Capacity 35 000 Litres    Range 2.2 billion km   (47 hours at full power)

MS6-BX Missile Launcher (4)    Missile Size 6    Hangar Reload 45 minutes    MF Reload 7.5 hours
ASM FCS 5Kt/82M (1)     Range 82.3m km    Resolution 100
ASM-64 Sledgehammer (4)  Speed: 30 000 km/s   End: 55.6m    Range: 100.2m km   WH: 16    Size: 6    TH: 200/120/60

RAD 5Kt/78M (1)     GPS 5600     Range 78.4m km    Resolution 100
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F-6R Rancor class Fighter    447 tons     4 Crew     215.9 BP      TCS 8.94  TH 180  EM 0
20134 km/s     Armour 1-5     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 3
Maint Life 3.36 Years     MSP 30    AFR 15%    IFR 0.2%    1YR 4    5YR 60    Max Repair 90 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.1 months    Spare Berths 0   

180 EP Internal Fusion Drive (E x3.0) (1)    Power 180    Fuel Use 604.83%    Signature 180    Exp 30%
Fuel Capacity 30 000 Litres    Range 2.0 billion km   (27 hours at full power)

10cm Railgun V5/C3 (1x4)    Range 50 000km     TS: 20134 km/s     Power 3-3     RM 5    ROF 5        1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Gunnery FCS(F) 60/20 (1)    Max Range: 120 000 km   TS: 20000 km/s     92 83 75 67 58 50 42 33 25 17
Tokamak Fusion Reactor PW-3.2 (1)     Total Power Output 3.2    Armour 0    Exp 5%

RAD AMM (F) 426K/3.9M (1)     GPS 28     Range 3.9m km    MCR 427k km    Resolution 1
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JS-1 'DingerCat class Jump Scout    247 tons     2 Crew     132.4 BP      TCS 4.94  TH 14.4  EM 0
12145 km/s    JR 1-1000     Armour 1-3     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/14/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
Maint Life 0 Years     MSP 0    AFR 49%    IFR 0.7%    1YR 9    5YR 133    Max Repair 60 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.1 months    Spare Berths 2   

J500 (1-1000-E10) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 500 tons    Distance 1000k km     Squadron Size 1
60 EP Internal Fusion Drive (Ex3/TR25) (1)    Power 60    Fuel Use 617.3%    Signature 14.4    Exp 30%
Fuel Capacity 15 000 Litres    Range 1.8 billion km   (40 hours at full power)

RAD 5Kt/54M (1)     GPS 3921     Range 54.9m km    Resolution 100
EM Detection Sensor EM1-14 (1)     Sensitivity 14     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  14m km
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RV-1 Willie class Rescue Shuttle    147 tons     1 Crew     80.4 BP      TCS 2.94  TH 14.4  EM 0
20408 km/s     Armour 1-2     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
Maint Life 50.71 Years     MSP 68    AFR 0%    IFR 0%    1YR 0    5YR 1    Max Repair 60 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 0.1 months    Spare Berths 3   
Cryogenic Berths 200   

60 EP Internal Fusion Drive (Ex3/TR25) (1)    Power 60    Fuel Use 617.3%    Signature 14.4    Exp 30%
Fuel Capacity 25 000 Litres    Range 5.0 billion km   (67 hours at full power)


Auxiliaries

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Jupiter class Auxiliary Oiler    30 000 tons     168 Crew     1856.5 BP      TCS 600  TH 2000  EM 0
3333 km/s    JR 1-25(C)     Armour 4-86     Shields 0-0     Sensors 14/14/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 39    Max Repair 125 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Spare Berths 0   
Cryogenic Berths 400    Tractor Beam     

JC30K E10 Commercial Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 30000 tons    Distance 25k km     Squadron Size 1
500 EP Commercial Internal Fusion Drive (4)    Power 500    Fuel Use 3.54%    Signature 500    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 12 000 000 Litres    Range 2033.7 billion km   (7062 days at full power)

CIWS-200 (4x8)    Range 1000 km     TS: 20000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit
Thermal Sensor TH1-14 (1)     Sensitivity 14     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  14m km
EM Detection Sensor EM1-14 (1)     Sensitivity 14     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  14m km
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Nitro class Auxiliary Cargo and Ammunition    30 000 tons     490 Crew     3308.25 BP      TCS 600  TH 2000  EM 0
3333 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 4-86     Shields 0-0     Sensors 14/14/0/0     Damage Control Rating 52     PPV 0
Maint Life 7.27 Years     MSP 10516    AFR 327%    IFR 4.5%    1YR 348    5YR 5224    Max Repair 397 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Flight Crew Berths 13   
Hangar Deck Capacity 500 tons     Magazine 2645    Cryogenic Berths 400   

J30K (3-50-E10) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 30000 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
500 EP Commercial Internal Fusion Drive (4)    Power 500    Fuel Use 3.54%    Signature 500    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range 84.7 billion km   (294 days at full power)

CIWS-200 (4x8)    Range 1000 km     TS: 20000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit
Thermal Sensor TH1-14 (1)     Sensitivity 14     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  14m km
EM Detection Sensor EM1-14 (1)     Sensitivity 14     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  14m km

ECM 20

Strike Group
1x JS-1 'DingerCat Jump Scout   Speed: 12145 km/s    Size: 4.94
1x RV-1 Willie Rescue Shuttle   Speed: 20408 km/s    Size: 2.94


ps: Started reading Honor Harrington series (audiobooks, currently at HH2). Not the best military sci-fi that I've read, but so far quite good.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 17, 2019, 01:52:45 AM
February 21, Year 60

Political and strategic considerations

Due to Commonwealth of Majlesi's attack on unarmed Union exploration ships, I've decided to blockade all known MAJ systems, preventing them from finding and reaching United Systems space. Unlike GUN, I do not think MAJ know where Union systems and planets are located. I want to keep it that way.

MAJ have much larger navy than the Union, but there's no indication of their technological superiority. United Systems may soon start suffering from mineral shortages, and, unfortunately, it may last for quite a while. This means that a full-scale war is out of the question. I don't think I'd be able to invade their home system (Ross 594) and get away with it easily. Any sort of assault on their Capital is viewed as suicidal. Such an undertaking would require serious amount of prior intelligence gathering.

Travel distance from Sol to Ross 594 is 16 billion km, or ~58 days @ 3200 km/s. 4th generation ships, which are several years away from being complete, would be able to travel this distance in 35.6 days @ 5200 km/s.

John Adams fighter base on Earth is set to expand its hangar capacity to allow storing 35Kt worth of fighters (equivalent of a single full fleet carrier wing) to allow simpler and smoother fighter replacement process in the future. CV Enterprise is currently undergoing Y59 refit and is also waiting for new gen fighters to come on-line. Then it'll have to facilitate their TF training.

Meanwhile, TG 1.1 Ranger, comprised of 2nd Gen warships (~2500 km/s) - CVL Ranger (8Kt hangar) and 4x Mahan class destroyers are sent to MAJ's borders. Ranger carries old but combat tested 8x F/A-3 Banshee and 5x F-4R Ray and also newest scout ships - 2x JS-1 'DingerCat 2x EW-3 Beholder. Their capabilities should be enough to fulfill the following mission:

Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 19, 2019, 02:24:55 PM
February 6, Year 61

Mineral shortages

Due to 4th Generation Warship construction program, as predicted, United Systems started running out of some types of minerals. Gallicite is almost at 0, Uridium is at 15k, and Tritanium is at 33k units. There are no better sources of these anywhere close by, so the existing ones are being improved. Construction schedule will be seriously affected.

Meanwhile, TG 1.1 Ranger keeps sitting in EG 290 system with idle engines but active sensors turned on and waits for the enemy. No contacts so far. However, I'm almost sure MAJ's ships are present in the next system, HIP 21932.

MAJ's diplomats are trying to improve Union's diplo rating, but I have recalled our own diplomatic team. We are still at war, but if these mineral shortages will continue, I may have to smooth it out with MAJ. Still, for now, no diplomacy.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 20, 2019, 02:41:50 PM
August 1, Year 61

Ranger's incursion into enemy territory: HIP 21932

As there was no sign of MAJ activity in EG 290 (beside the existence of the EG 45 gate), TG 1.1 was ordered to probe HIP 21932. 'DingerCat (guess why it is called that way!) jump scout went in and out without a problem. CVL Ranger and its escorts turned off all active sensors and jumped into HIP 21932.

HIP 21932 is a relatively small system. One star, six planets (outer most is 470m km away from local star) and only two known JPs - EG 290 and Ross 594 (MAJ home world). Distance between JPs - 3660m km.

As TG 1.1 went in at EMCON 1 (radio silence), scout fighters (2x Beholder class in total on Ranger) were sent out forwards several times (due to their limited range), to improve the security of the task group. TG 1.1 was directed to Ross 594 JP on an indirect course, masking the approach vector.

As Ranger came within ~1600m km of Ross 594 JP, one of the scouts was already sniffing around the JP itself (50m away). Scouts had also their active sensors turned off, meaning only str 28 passive EM sensor can be used. And there was nobody at JP. As time passed, JP stayed clean.

Lack of targets made me somewhat desperate. Scout's actives (5Kt res/150M km max range) were turned on temporarily. Still nothing. Couple of hours later - still nothing around JP. Sensors were turned back off and scout was ordered to return to the carrier. But on the return leg, passive sensors finally detected an enemy ship, ~180m km out. One Poolser class ship (out of two known). My old intel records suggest 9600 tonnage, observed speed 1432.

Two notes to myself. First, non-JD scouts need even more range. Existing 4b km range is very decent, but the more the better. Speed is always a tradeoff, but it's something to really think about in the future. Second, lack of thermal sensors on my scouts prevents me from passively figuring out how many ships accompany the ones I can find with passive EM sensors. I know I removed them because their effective range is too small for comfort (when limited by 500t fighter size), it may be worth while to think about a dedicated thermal scout, or a bigger sensor scout - FAC sized instead of fighter sized. I stopped using Early Warning FACs a while ago, but maybe I should reconsider.

TBC...
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 21, 2019, 12:19:17 PM
August 1, Year 61

Continued...

18:05

Poolser 001's movement is worrying me. Located ~610m km from Ross 594 JP, it is traveling on 296 deg course. It leads to.. nowhere. Not to the other JP, not to TG 1.1's location, not to any system body. It is seriously off course, if it was going from JP to JP. But the course looks much similar to interception of TG 1.1 than going to JP or system body.

TG 1.1 is 950m km away from Poolser 001. It must have str 555 thermal sensor to be able to detect 1800 signature of the light carrier at such distance. Which, obviously, can't be happening here. The only sane answer would be MAJ's Deep Space Tracking Stations that could be hidden on some planet or moon. There are no asteroids or comets here.

Well, or it could be just patrolling. Looking for my scout that revealed its position hours earlier. But even then, it is a bit too far from its last location... Hmmm...

Anyway.. EW-3 Beholder 002 is 123.5m km away from Poolser 001. Within range of the radar. But I think I should track it for a bit longer before going active.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 21, 2019, 01:40:18 PM
18:41

Radar on. Nine bandits in single group, on screen. 2x Poolsers, 4x Zwaadvis', 3x Tromps. All ships estimated 9600 tons, group's speed 1432 km/s.

Intel indicates Poolsers and Zwaadvis have medium range (67m km) resolution 112 (5600t) radars. Tromps are known to have primitive (0.9m max range) AMM-rated (res 1) radars  and at least 5x lasers each (damage 3, ROF 2). If I had to guess, I'd say Poolsers and Zwaadvis carry medium range ASMs. But lets not allow them to reveal if it's true.

Enemy group changed course to 359, but it's not trying to intercept the scout. Regardless, they're too slow for that. EW-3 Beholder 002 ordered to shadow the group @ 105m km. Meanwhile, CVL Ranger launched all available combat fighters: 8x Banshees and 5x Rays. Banshees carry weak WH 9 size 4 ASMs (4 each), but that's all there is available to them. Newer strikers have size 6 launchers to be able to fire USN's standard ASMs, of all generations. But Ranger is stuck with Banshees for a while. Five F-4R Rays escort the strikers, leading them just 10k km ahead, with AMM radars turned off for now. Another Beholder (001) will trail 100k km behind the strike package and will monitor the surroundings in passive mode.

Tromps are priority targets, due to their suspected AMM capability. Previous combat experience with Nails tells me I should focus fire on one ship at a time. I don't want to break up their group into smaller ones yet, because I only have two 150m km reaching EW ships to cover the battlefield.

Strike package is launched from almost max range (950m km), so it's going to take Banshees at least 25 hours to reach their target at their max speed of 10k km. This would put endurance of all the fighter craft to the test, especially Beholder 002 that has to shadow the enemy. I should try doing that in passive mode, if possible.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 21, 2019, 03:32:33 PM
August 2, Year 61

13:46

New bandits on screen! Nine Beastjuggler class vessels, speed is just 395 km/s! Cross section 630, last known thermal signature 250, estimated 31500 tons each. Suspected to be civilian ships, with at least 28 vessels of this class marked in intel records.

Beastjugglers were spotted by Beholder 002 277m km away from Ross 594 JP, moving in the direction of the first enemy group. Also in the direction of the planetary system.

Meanwhile, enemy warship group stopped emitting and is trying to follow the scout at 1432 km/s. Strike package is still 300m km out, ETA 8 to 10 hours.

August 3, Year 61

00:26

Banshees closed within 45m km range of the enemy warship group and opened fire, focusing Tromp 001 with 32 ASM-41 Falling Star (WH 9, speed 20.8k km/s). These ASMs have tiny heat seekers and should potentially be able to retarget other ships if Tromp 001 goes down too early. But I don't think it will.

01:01:46

Enemy warship group turned on its medium range sensors! Just as the missiles approached them, 217k km out.  I guess I just couldn't detect Tromp's short range AMM emissions (GPS 90), and they switched the Poolser's and Zwaadvis' sensors on upon detecting the incoming missiles. Neat trick that I can't replicate with my multi-role warships.

NOTE TO SELF: low speed high-endurance fleet escort PD fighters for such a role, maybe?

01:01:51

New active sensor contact! Horsejuggler class, suspected medium range ASM ship (exactly the same intel data as Poolser and Zwaadvis). 78m km west of strike package.... That's gotta be another enemy warship group, popped up BETWEEN the strikers and the carrier. Damn... Fighters have already expended all the ammo, and their fuel reserve is limited. Beholder 001, that is part of the package, will have to temporarily turn on active sensors to see how big the second enemy group is. Damn...

01:01:56

Splash! 10x ASM-41 hit the enemy ship and it explodes! 20 missiles are still maneuvering. Secondary explosion and life pod ejection detected. Beholder 001's active sensors indicate that Horsejuggler 001 is a loner. It moves at 1432 km/s in the direction of the strike package. Sensor data reveals that Tromp class has an armor of at least 2. That's better than I expected! And no ECM!

01:02:06

7x energy weapon impacts detected. 12 missiles are still in flight. I guess that's enemy PD fires at work. Range between them is 15k km. I'm not sure if heat seekers will allow successful re-targeting.

01:02:16

No re-targeting. The remaining missiles gone wasted. CVL Ranger launches rescue shuttle to try and snatch the enemy crews from the life pods first. RV-1 Willie is relatively small and stealthy (cross section 2.94, thermal sig 14.4), and fast (20.4k km/s), so it should be fine on its own.

To be continued...
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 22, 2019, 03:20:11 PM
02:34

As MAJ's lone Horsejuggler class warship was getting right in the way of returning strike package, a somewhat risky plan of attack came up. All Banshees and Beholder 2 changed course to avoid possible ASM range of the bandit, while five good old railgun-equipped F-4R Rays vectored right onto the Horsejuggler.

What the enemy vessel could be armed with? I was betting on missiles, due to corresponding active radar signature. Defeating a missile salvo from a single 9600 ton ship should be easy for five R-fighters. Chance of encountering beam weaponry was small. So the risk was negligible. Reward? Getting intel on an enemy ship type. Allowing trigger-happy fighter pilots to horse around. He-he.

Horsejuggler did not fire a shot. No missiles. No other weaponry. VF-51 "Angry Horsemen" approached the target galloping at 12k km/s and whipped it to death in under two minutes. So... was it just a sensor ship? A mustang? Is this the reason why it traveled alone? Or was it just out of ammo? Why would it be? This encounter raised more questions than it gave answers to. But it's still an intel data. And that's what the Ranger's TG was here for.

Meanwhile, as VF-51 dealt with a lone MAJ vessel, enemy warship group split into two. Both Poolser class ships detached from the formation, flew in the opposite direction for a minute, and then came around to follow the other ships. Why? Hmm.

Now that the Horsejuggler was destroyed, all fighters were ordered back to the carrier, except for the Beholder 1 that had to remain in the area to keep tracking enemy movement.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 24, 2019, 02:16:28 PM
August 4, Year 61

17:48

Big slow Beastjuggler ships were buzzed and somewhat scratched by VF-51 Squadron. They emit no active sensors, fire no weapons (I did risk my fighters by going point blank range, hoping these are not monitors/slow battleships). They move from the gate to the inner planetary system. Verdict: civilian ships. Even though I did ahem... a test firing on their armor, I did not destroy any civilian ships.

By now, VA-51 Madhatters destroyed two more ships and severely damaged third one. R-fighters of VF-51 finished the straggler. I was afraid it would fire back with beam weapons (it was Tromp class, known to have lasers), but it did not do anything but blew up in 5 seconds after meeting our Angry Horsemen.

Rescue Shuttle got ~100 surviving MAJ crews from the pods. After landing on CVL Ranger, I was unable to move the survivors. Now that there are additional life pods out there, I'm not sure what to do with all of them. For now, I'll keep sending the shuttle to pick up the rest, but I'm not sure it's not going to bite me with life support failures on the shuttle (unless I figure a way to transfer the survivors).

There are 4 Zwaadvis and 1 Poolser left on the battlefield. Ranger's got enough ammo for Banshees to finish them all off. But.. should I?  I start feeling sorry for these poor bastards.

Oh, yeah, actually, the presence of the civilian ships means there's a colony in this system that I've failed to detect previously. I should definitely find it. Don't have any strong thermal sensor-equipped fighters on Ranger to do so. Will either have to use one of the escorting destroyers, or send fighters to point blank range to all the possible locations.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 25, 2019, 02:15:42 PM
August 6, Year 61

01:09

Several hours ago I've sent VA-51 to yet another strike mission. But suddenly, TG 1.1's passive sensors picked up radar emissions from a new enemy contact. 280m km away from the CVL Ranger, in the direction of the inner planetary system. Temporary nickname Echo 4. Headhater class ship, estimated 9600 tons, known to be able to fly at 2734 km/s, was emitting str 90 res 112 (5600t) signature, corresponding to 100.8m km detection range. The best MAJ ship we've seen so far. TG 1.1's max speed is 2556 km/s. Oooops!

Another problem is, both my Beholders were out of action due to flight crew exhaustion. Jump scouts were also showing some strange crew rest stats, probably because I did not put any engineering modules on them. Strikers were too far away and in the opposite direction to be able to contribute their radars. So I had no idea how many enemy ships were out there in group Echo 4. Fighter ammo on Ranger was getting to 50% so I immediately recalled VA-51 back to the carrier.

Ranger attracted too much attention. It was time to go home.

Couple of hours later strikers returned and I sent out somewhat rested Beholders to investigate Echo 4 contact. As per EMCON 1, Beholders weren't allowed to turn on their radars until they've moved at least 100m km away from the carrier.

Well.. That was a mistake. Sort of. Now I know how many ships were in group Echo 4. Seven. Bad news is, they've managed to sneak up within 88m km from TG 1.1. As soon as they turn on their radar again, they'll spot Ranger and its escorts. And I can't outrun them.

What am I going to do? I do not want to turn on actives on my destroyers. No need to reveal TG 1.1's position before it's actually necessary. I will deploy R-fighters to watch out for missiles, covering Ranger. Their radars should not be detected this far out. In the mean time, I can make at least one strike against Echo 4 before.... Wait a minute.. If Headhater is not a multirole ship... They won't be able to detect or intercept my missiles. Unless they have CIWS. Hmm..

I need to think about what weapons to use against Echo 4. In total, I have 96x ASM-41 Falling Star (WH 9) for fighters, and 136x ASM-64 Sledgehammer (WH 16) on four DDGs. That's it. Closest supply ships are 7.2 billion km away, in adjacent system. I need to think... And get some sleep..
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on September 26, 2019, 01:44:58 PM
August 24, Year 61

TG 1.1 Ranger heading home

I decided to use older ASM-41s against Echo 4. Newer missiles are more precious.

1st salvo of VA-51... failed to connect with the target. Being launched from 45m km away, it ran out of fuel before reaching the enemy. 50m km max range + target moves in the opposite direction = wasted missile salvo. Ughh....

Next salvo destroyed two ships immediately. Successful re-targeting allowed ASMs to blow up a third vessel.

Third and the last salvo... Mmm... Well, let's say it went better than expected. Remaining 4 ships of Echo 4 group had only 1 layer of armor and no AMM capability. I came up with an idea to spread the damage around (8 missiles per target), to be able to finish any remaining stragglers with R-fighters. Third salvo destroyed two ships and heavily damaged the last two. Both survivors stopped emitting active sensors and slowed down to 700-1000 km/s. VF-51 closed in and finished them off quickly and efficiently.

After that, CVL Ranger and its escorts set course to JP, heading home.

Results of TG 1.1 raid: 12 enemy ships destroyed (9600t each), 298 POWs captured. No friendly casualties.

I got a bit of useful intel out of this sortie. HIP 21932 must have some sort of colony that civilians travel to. I'm yet to find it though. Overall, I'm not sure if this whole conflict is worth anything to me other than combat experience and entertainment. Maybe I should allow diplomats to try and smooth it all out....
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: Garfunkel on October 01, 2019, 11:53:58 AM
Nice going.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on October 05, 2019, 03:22:25 PM
As I was busy, I had time to think...

Political statements


Therefore:


ps: If only I could trade minerals....
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on October 13, 2019, 01:50:34 PM
June 17, Year 62

Not much to write about. Enterprise received its last batch of new generation fighters and began TF training. However, due to mineral shortage none of the 4th Gen warships are complete yet. All stuck between 49-79% completion. Gallicite supply starts growing into positive numbers, but it's gonna take years for the ships to finish construction, let alone building a decent mineral reserve.

In other news, 2nd Grav Survey Squadron found a new entry into MAJ system HIP 21932 (the one I recently visited with CVL Ranger). Fortunately, the jump point leads into the same system I came from, so it changes little in strategic sense. Well, not exactly... It can be used for a quick assault on HIP 21932 planetary system, because it comes out @ 182m km away from HIP 21932's sun. I'll keep looking for other ways MAJ can get into Union space, but it's now trickier due to unfortunate demise of the entire 1st Grav Survey Squadron.

Oh, also, a great thing happened. First civilian Union colony outside of Sol was established on Bernards Star A-III. Total mineral count there is 357 mil, but only Duranium and Boronide are decently accessible (1 and 0.4 acc respectively). I love civilian colonies! I will gladly keep paying civilians to mine. Capitalism at its finest.

ADDED:

Right... I conveniently forgot to report you that I accidentally spaced 30 MAJ POWs, while trying to relocate their hibernation capsules. It is totally not a war crime. Well, I do have ample supply of study material for autopsies now... :(
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on November 06, 2019, 01:36:01 PM
August 27, Year 64

Gallicite is at 2000 units on Earth, and slowly growing. Uridium and Tritanium are at 15 and 30 thousand respectively, and doing somewhat better. All the construction of new generation of ships was stopped and still never continued due to this shortage. There's not that much I can do about it for a while.

CV Enterprise stopped training its fighter group and is pretty much ready to sortie out at moment's notice.

Our spies have stolen two MAJ ship blueprints. Both ship classes I already encountered. Tromp (now called Gathis) was a Jump Destroyer Escort, of which I destroyed 3 ships. Beastjuggler (Milamber now) is indeed a civilian freighter.

Gathis looks really underwhelming.
Off-Topic: show

Milamber class Freighter    31 500 tons     83 Crew     295.5 BP      TCS 630  TH 250  EM 0
396 km/s     Armour 1-88     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 6    Max Repair 15.625 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 0   
Cargo 25000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 10   

62.5 EP Commercial Nuclear Thermal Engine (4)    Power 62.5    Fuel Use 13.26%    Signature 62.5    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 150 000 Litres    Range 6.5 billion km   (188 days at full power)

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes
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Gathis class Jump Destroyer Escort    9 600 tons     281 Crew     812 BP      TCS 192  TH 275  EM 0
1432 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 2-40     Shields 0-0     Sensors 5/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 4     PPV 41.4
Maint Life 1.61 Years     MSP 211    AFR 184%    IFR 2.6%    1YR 95    5YR 1422    Max Repair 183 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 6 months    Spare Berths 2   

J9750(3-50) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 9750 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
25 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (11)    Power 25    Fuel Use 95%    Signature 25    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 400 000 Litres    Range 7.9 billion km   (63 days at full power)

Twin 10cm C1 Infrared Laser Turret (5x2)    Range 20 000km     TS: 5000 km/s     Power 6-2     RM 1    ROF 15        3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S02 10-5000 (1)    Max Range: 20 000 km   TS: 5000 km/s     50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (5)     Total Power Output 10    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Active Search Sensor MR4-R1 (1)     GPS 90     Range 4.5m km    MCR 490k km    Resolution 1
Thermal Sensor TH1-5 (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

Current diplo rating with MAJ on my side: -716. There's been no contacts with them. They still don't know where the Earth is. And that's good.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: misanthropope on November 07, 2019, 10:19:45 AM
at the speeds you've specced, you can shave about 25% off your gallicite expenditure (at the same aggregate "mission tonnage") by going with commercial engines.  there are lots of secondary trade-offs, though i regard them as on balance favoring low-power engines. 

maybe i've eyeballed your ships wrong (not so much time for aurora these days) but i think they're 25% (by volume) made of 1.0 power engines?

for sheer gallicite minimization (ignoring all the secondary effects) your optimal power ratio is a nice simple 2F, where F is (speed spec)/(engine tech "nominal" speed);   5000 kkps using internal fusion (nominal speed = 20000 kkps) gets you a target power of .5.  you can improve with a little twiddling but i personally don't find the extra tinkering to be fun or very profitable, so "50% of weight= engine DONE".  nb my formula breaks down if F isn't below .4 or so; for fast but not extravagantly fast ships usually there is another local max around mult 1.25. 

gallicite crunch is just about the easiest crisis to inflict on yourself, and they LINGER, are existential threats, and worst of all are *boring* because you just sit there for years unable to build your ships (ahem).  after about the second time a campaign died that way i got really obsessive about gallicite as the end-all be-all of fleet management.
Title: Re: L0ckAndL0ad's United Systems AAR
Post by: L0ckAndL0ad on November 07, 2019, 11:50:03 AM
Uhm, yeah, I'm going to need to watch out for mineral spending better now. Thank you for optimization the tips.

The biggest problem right now for me is figuring out the mineral balance for all the sources. The way Aurora tracks and displays minerals separately for each colony makes me simply ignore it for the most part and keep an eye on the overall balance on Earth, where the maintenance bases and shipyards are. Well, this is how I got into this situation really. And that's considering that I only have a few mining colonies, compared to what I've seen others manage...

Another thing to think about is what ships I keep in active fleet. They also require minerals to maintain, and that may not be the most cost effective things due to change in technologies.

Actually, I find the tech jumps to be so significant between the tech levels that all the older stuff becomes obsolete every 5-10 years. Obviously, the further I advance the slower it gets, but still, the difference between tech levels is just too big to ignore it.