Van Saar Federation
Van Saar Federation
Up to C-factor 6250 (~1 light-year per hour)
spinal-mount electromagnetic cannon, medium-range pulse-blasters (equivalent to Mars-pattern macrocannons), 16 (1 squadron) Starfury Thunderbolts
The Exeter-class destroyer is one of the first classes of ships designed and constructed entirely by the Van Saar Federation using their own facilities, materials, and technologies. They are the proof-of-concept design of what the VS Federation calls the "Second Wave Program" - an initiative to begin creating their own FTL starships that aren't all reclaimed, refurbished, and rebuilt Imperial designs. The ships in this class are currently designated "Illaxium," "Adamant," "Wellington," and "Normandy." Although they have no official war records, but Exeters have served as escorts and patrol ships.
The Exeters are an unqualified success. The ships have all proven to be efficient and capable vessels utilizing several non-standard techniques not widely used within the Imperium of Man. This is mostly due to the fact that during the ship's design phase the Federation made extensive use of not only the extensive studies they made of all of the Imperial ships they'd obtained in the past, but the STC Database in their possession. As such the Exeters are every bit as advanced as a starship built at a top-tier Forge World like Mars or Bakka.
At a "mere" 1000 meters in length Exeters are small only when compared to their much-larger Imperial sisters. That doesn't mean that their interiors are roomy or spacious at all: much of an Exeter's interior volume (a little over half) is taken up by the propulsion systems. The weapons and fighter support systems take up another 25%. Not much room is left over for the crew of 1000 (kept at such comparatively low levels due to extensive amounts of automation), so living quarters and crew support systems are minimalist and basic by necessity.
However, that's not to say that being onboard an Exeter is unpleasant. The food is a step above the basic rations served by the Imperium (a.k.a slab), training is uniformly better, and discipline is MUCH lighter and lacks the systemic brutality of the Imperial Navy. One major discovery made by the Federation just prior to construction was the development of a new type of life sustainment system that uses Arcanotech to purify the atmosphere and water to a degree not widely used by the Adeptus Mechanicus. The life support network is almost as effective as certain patterns of systems now considered "archeotech" by the Imperium, although it uses more power. Still, the environment onboard an Exeter is significantly better than on any of the Federation's other ships.
Another noteworthy system of the class is the massive capital ship-scale railgun that runs almost the entire length of the craft (around which the ship is essentially built around). The Exeter's spinal-mount electromagnetic cannon consists of hundreds of ultra-powerful electromagnets set in a quad-helix pattern around a central barrel, through which a 50 pound solid metal "harpoon" can be accelerated to velocities of 1.3% of light-speed, impacting against a target with the concussive, kinetic force of a 38 kiloton bomb (three times the strength of the Hiroshima atomic bomb)...proving that Sir Isaac Newton is the deadliest son of a bitch in space.
Other noteworthy systems that were originally pioneered and tested out on the Exeters (and will be considered "standard" in all future Federation designs) include the interlinked computer networks that increase crew efficiency, defensive countermeasures for use in combat, and overload shield capacitors designed to restore shield integrity at an accelerated rate. Amazingly enough, the hull of an Exeter is streamlined for atmospheric operations, and more than once the people of the Hotel have benefited from an Exeter hovering a few thousand feet overhead with her fighters and cannons providing devastating air support. Unfortunately, Exeters can't land - the ships aren't designed with landing gear, their maneuvering thrusters aren't powerful enough to lift off, and activating the plasma drives would instantly incinerate everything behind her in a swath a mile wide and 20 miles long. Not recommended.
Combat-wise, despite their size (almost twice the length of a Mycidian battleship) Exeters are comparatively underarmored compared to their Imperial sisters. In order to even build a starship so "small," the Federation designers omitted many of the ultra-conservative redundancies and reinforcements that give Imperial starships their legendary durability, and the hull armor is classified as "Light." Their repulsor shields, however, are adequate for their size and the defensive countermeasure systems have proven effective in battle. Still, the commanders of the Exeters tend to be cautious and wary, knowing full well that their ships aren't meant to be brawlers. As much, the Exeters are primarily used for colonial patrols and anti-piracy missions, freeing up the Federation's much tougher Sword and Firestorm frigates for combat roles.
Recently, Segmentum Command has begun considering retrofitting at least some of the Exeters with enhanced stealth systems based on the old starship Tenacious to be deployed in pairs or trios for use as anti-ship hunter-killers. Currently only the Normandy has been refitted as such, resulting in a loss of maneuverability due to power needing to be redistributed. However, the results look promising and further research has been authorized.