Somtaaw "Avenger" ACV

Cataclysm Statistics

Class: Corvette
: 150 RU
Build Time: 20 s
Support Req.: 4 SU
Maneuverability: Medium
: 550 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 600 m/s
Hit Points: 700
Repair Rate: -
Sight Radius: 12,000 m
Firepower: 170
Coverage: 6%
Mass: 180 tons
EMP Stun: 1.5 s
Leech Dam.: -

EMP Range: 2,500 m
Repair Droids: 0
Nav Lights: 0
Leech Points: 0
Required Tech:
Fighter Drive
Linking Technology

Upgrade Tech:
Energy Cannon
EMP Weapon
Advanced Fighter Drive
Armor Level 2


Weapons: Mult.: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
4 Small Mass Drivers¹ 1.2 8 4,500 m 0.3* s
¹Upgradeable to Energy Cannon (26 damage, fire time 3.1 s).
*Burst fire; burst length 1.4 s; burst length 1.3 s.

The Avenger was the first breakthrough that Somtaaw engineers made in ship linkage technology. Utilizing some of the remnants of dynamic surface technology passed down through analysis of Bentusi designs, the Acolyte Heavy Fighter was created with ventral docking ports and control links, so that two Heavy Fighters could dock to form a Corvette-class ship. While others had thought this kind of solid link could only be achieved with a full tech team in a hanger bay, the dynamic surface systems of the Acolyte are capable of linking in a matter of seconds while the two ships drift in deep space.

Once the ships are linked into the Avenger Corvette composite craft, one pilot takes over the actual flying of the craft and the other serves as weapons officer. While both cockpits are capable of assuming either function through the use of virtual displays, it is traditionally the officer with the best combat record who ends up "on top," flying the Avenger. The WO is responsible for managing both the nose-mounted quad mass drivers and the highly advanced Electromagnetic Pulse system, which is capable of overloading the systems of any enemy ships nearby.

The Avenger is technically designated as a corvette due to its mass and dual crew, but in reality it inhabits the middle ground between Heavy Fighter and full corvette. The Avenger has less armor and firepower and lacks the turret coverage of a traditional corvette, but it is faster and more maneuverable, which allows it to bring its fixed weaponry to bear almost as fast as a turret mount would. Economic considerations and sheer hangar space problems aboard its command and Carrier vessels have led Somtaaw Fleet Command to reject a standard corvette design in favor of composite vehicles such as the Avenger and the Martyr MCV. This has resulted in the Avenger being the workhorse of the Somtaaw fleet, and in any combat situations, Avenger wings will be deployed directly from their command ships to guard against incoming strike craft, or even engage enemy frigates en masse. Their ability to split into high speed Acolytes and rejoin at the target area for heavy firepower makes them one of the most adaptable weapons systems in Hiigaran space.