SP-class destroyers are built for CQC-range combat with hostile warships, primarily in a defensive role as a fleet escort. The warship has a low mass and extremely powerful manoeuvring thrusters, along with heavy armaments.
Role: Escort / CQC Ship of the Line
Mass: 450-500 KT
Length: 820 M
Max Speed (Impulse Cruise): < 1.9 KM/s
Max Speed (Hyper Cruise): < 2100 KM/s
Max Range (JDA): < 2.5 Parsec
Date: 1 I.D.S
Origin: Origin: Aquarius Imperial Naval Shipyards, Lorentis System
Primary Armour Plating: Nanopolymer-based low-ferrous metalic composite construction
Primary Armour Thickness: =< 5M (Main), =< 2.25M (Secondary) =< 0.55M (Tertiary & Pressure)
Axial Armament: Dual-Linked IM85-AX Ion-Maser Amplified Particle Accelerator Anti-ship Battery.
Primary Armament: 5x R4-MDB-B dual-linked Quad-barrel rotary 225MM Magnetically Assisted FI-Mass Driver Turrets.
Secondary Armament: 6x PDS Clusterfire CIWS
Tertiary Armament: 24-bay S/MRM Anti-Ship Missile System, 24-bay LRM (Hornet) Anti-Ship Missile System
Shielding: S085I1-MKII CTM/HS Shield Modulator
Sensors: Axial RANGEFINDER 085-I1-IFCS for FC and FSA, SPALL 085-I1-BFSA-L Broad Field Sensor Array for SDS, RADAR, LADAR and MLADAR, retractable bow and stern masts.
Propulsion: 4x Singular Helium-Fusion Plasma Impulse, integrated Plasma Recycler system
Powerplant: Dual-core 72 MW Helio-Barycentric Cold Fusion Reactor (HBCF85-I1A)
A Heavy Destroyer deployed by the Aquarian Imperial Navy. It is based on the SP-AX Pattern 2 (S2) upgrade package, converted for Imperial Navy service. The primary upgrades include enhanced Sensors and Fire Control systems, a larger powerplant and stronger shields. SP-class destroyers form the backbone of the AIN's heavy escort fleet, this versatile combat platform is primarily intended to engage in CQC-range (<1000 KM) in a defensive role, however it is capable of providing an effective mid range weapons platform in a ship of the line role similar to the Vengeance-class Heavy Cruisers of the Old Federal Navy.
The primary armament of five, dual-linked, quad-barrel rotary mass driver turrets are built to fire medium velocity munitions of 225MM caliber at a high rate of fire, allowing SP-class destroyers to lay down area denial against smaller vessels with fragmentation munitions, or armour-piercing munitions against larger warships.
The Forebear of the SP-class, the SP-AX Sleipnir, still in UAS Reserve service, was built to replace the aging, thousand-year-old Farlease-class Light Cruiser. While the SP/AX is classified as a Destroyer in AFN/AIN terms, it is actually bigger and more heavily armed, with stronger armour than the Farlease-class it replaces, whilst being faster and more agile to boot. Unique among the light warships of the AFN/AIN is the spinal armament. In contrast to the warship's medium/short range escort duty, SP-class may also provide stand-off range fire support to large battlegroups, also allowing this relatively small ship to effectively combat enemy capital ships.