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For decades the Terran Republic Space Command has dreamt of a planetary defense network that would utilize passive ground-based sensors to direct fighters assigned to important colonies and other strategic locations.  This dream has been a long time coming, partly because deep-space tracking stations are time-consuming to produce, and partly because fighter production has remained low due to limited industrial capacity.  Now that the Navy is outfitting a 5th Starhawk squadron and is looking to the future for more, the time will soon come when such a defense network will be a reality. 

The Offutt-class fighter base is intended to be the Navy's primary fighter base for the foreseeable future.  Simple, durable, and relatively inexpensive, the Offutt's generous hangar bay can accommodate a wide variety of mission profiles.  It also features a modest ability to refuel and rearm its own craft.  Due to its compact size a prefabricated Offutt can be deployed by a single freighter to anywhere it is needed.

The Offutt has no offensive weaponry or sensors of its own, but it does feature a pair of Phalanx CIWS-120 miniguns for point defense. 

Introduced: 2059
Units in class:  1 (Horizon)

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Offutt class Fighter Base    12 300 tons     138 Crew     1559.8 BP      TCS 246  TH 0  EM 0
Armour 16-47     Sensors 1/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Flight Crew Berths 0   
Hangar Deck Capacity 7000 tons     Magazine 234   

Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range N/A
Phalanx ROF 4 CIWS-120 (2x4)    Range 1000 km     TS: 12000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit

This design is classed as a Planetary Defence Centre and can be pre-fabricated in 5 sections


The Hickam-class fighter base was the first defense installation produced by the Republic.  It is little more than a bare-bones, moderately armored hangar, but it provided a valuable staging area for fighters in the years when nothing else was available.  As the Hickam has been superseded by the Offutt-class, no further units will be produced. 

Introduced: 2034
Units in class:  3  (2 Earth, 1 Horizon)

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Hickam class Fighter Base    9 950 tons     95 Crew     1050.2 BP      TCS 199  TH 0  EM 0
Armour 14-41     Sensors 1/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Flight Crew Berths 2   
Hangar Deck Capacity 6000 tons     

This design is classed as a Planetary Defence Centre and can be pre-fabricated in 4 sections
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Re: The Planetary Defense Centers of the Terran Republic (2059 edition)
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2019, 02:33:29 PM »
As the Republic has expanded the Navy came to realize that it would not be able to protect all the colonies all the time.  Although the Mellor-class cutters have provided valuable piracy suppression, it is unlikely that a colony system's typical complement of 1 or 2 cutters would be able to stop a dedicated surprise attack.

In such a scenario, the Cheyenne Mountain-class missile bases are the units that would shoulder most of the heavy fighting until the Fleet can arrive.  Heavily armed and even more heavily armored, these bases were designed to be a match for any two or three comparably sized heavy warships, or a small fleet of lesser vessels.  This unit's only drawback is that it does not mount any beam or projectile turrets, but in order to keep the base's overall size within the bounds of reason that capability was delegated to a future class of auxiliary bases.   It takes approximately 6 months to prefabricate one of these bases on Earth, depending on the amount of industry allocated, followed by 9-12 months of assembly on-site for most worlds in the 25-30 million population range.

Introduced: 2059
Units in class:  3 (1 each on Mordia, Darwin, and Cerberus).  Every world with a population above 25 million will eventually receive at least one of these bases.

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Cheyenne Mountain class Missile Base    25 000 tons     460 Crew     4471.4 BP      TCS 500  TH 0  EM 0
Armour 32-76     Sensors 1/210     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 93
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 1   
Flag Bridge    Magazine 1965   

Phalanx ROF 4 CIWS-120 (3x4)    Range 1000 km     TS: 12000 km/s     ROF 5       Base 50% To Hit
Raytheon RL 5 PDC Size 5 Missile Launcher (15)    Missile Size 5    Rate of Fire 20
Raytheon RL 5 PDC Size 1 Missile Launcher (18)    Missile Size 1    Rate of Fire 5
Raytheon "Longbow" Missile Fire Control FC173-R100 (1)     Range 173.3m km    Resolution 100
Raytheon "Bullseye II" Missile Fire Control FC24-R1 (3)     Range 24.2m km    Resolution 1
Harpoon Size 5 Anti-ship Missile (321)  Speed: 36 400 km/s   End: 79.1m    Range: 172.9m km   WH: 9    Size: 5    TH: 133/80/40
Flash Size 1 Anti-missile Missile (360)  Speed: 52 500 km/s   End: 7.9m    Range: 24.9m km   WH: 1    Size: 1    TH: 192/115/57

Raytheon "UV" Active Search Sensor MR23-R1 (1)     GPS 210     Range 23.1m km    MCR 2.5m km    Resolution 1
Raytheon "Clear Sky" Active Search Sensor MR161-R100 (1)     GPS 14700     Range 161.7m km    Resolution 100

Missile to hit chances are vs targets moving at 3000 km/s, 5000 km/s and 10,000 km/s


This design is classed as a Planetary Defence Centre and can be pre-fabricated in 10 sections
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