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IWE - Razorclaw (Updated design)

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Royal Imperial Shipyards Razorclaw-class assault frigate
   
Dimensions:
    Length:    146 meters
    Width:    38 meters
    Height:    24 meters


Armaments:
    20x    'Deception' anti-fighter batteries
    1x    Medium Ios-Stavon medium rail cannon turrets
    6x    Minimized medium Ios-Stavon medium rail cannon turrets
    2x    Capital torpedo tubes
   
Carried craft:
    -1x Selar-class shuttle (carries 16 + pilots)
    -16x Ironhead-class escape pods (carries 5 each)
   
Crew:
    Command:         5
    Gunnery:          15
    Engineering:    25
    Medical:           15

Other:
    -The ship is designed to run on a skeleton crew compared to ships its own size.
    -Deception batteries are able to extend out from the side of the hull, given them a full 210 degree range of motion.
    *The rear-upper turrets are able to raise and lower themselves as needed, giving them the ability to clear the forward turrets or lower down into the hull to minimize vulnerability.

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Developed by the several Admirals during the Imperial War after noticing Earth's dependence on keeping fleet formations, they sought to create a ship that could break formations and isolate capital ships from their fighters or support ships. What they created was a compact, heavily armed and armored frigate built to "wedge" itself between a capital ship and its support ships and then begin firing on both with its broadside armaments.

The crew of these ships are often thought to be either the bravest for their willingness to take a small ship into the middle of an enemy fleet. While such a move would normally be seen as suicide, the numbers of these ships performing this tactic, the remarkable armor for its size and the general chaos wreaked on fleet formations present a situation where the survival rates of Razorclaw crews are actually above average compared to other capital ships comparable size.

The Razorclaw is still in use by the Empire today as a symbol of Imperial ingenuity in the face of greater numbers. Though the design has changed little over the years, the ships do receive regular retrofits to keep them up to date. The Razorclaw was instrumental in several battles in the Imperial War because Earth's commanders were not able to adapt to the new tactics quick enough.

Years later, two wrecked Razorclaw hulls were found on the surface of Selias and used by the freelancer, Kaitrei Rozari, to create his own ship, the Iron Claw.

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I was originally intending for the two claws on the Iron Claw to have been separate ships and decided to move the design of the Razorclaw it was built from further from the Iron Claw's design to accommodate such.

I also feel the smaller profile with all of its components more tightly compressed looks more appropriate for its role as a ship that is designed to take fire. That central hull on the old design is a tempting target to snap the ship in two and doesn't seem to fit the rest of the Imperial designs I've been working in.

I am tempted to convert the old Razorclaw into something separate. Maybe the Empire starts trying to replicate the Iron Claw and makes a mass produced frigate based on the design. Or it's a second generation Razorclaw which takes from the Iron Claw.

Not sure yet.
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