Taiidan "Saarkin-Cho" Carrier

Homeworld Statistics

Class: Carrier
Build Cost
: 2,000 RUs
Build Time: 280 s
Maneuverability: Low
: 40 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 300 m/s
Hit Points: 72,000
Repair Rate: 350/5 s
Firepower: 4,000
Coverage: 75%
Mass: 121,000 tons

Salvage No.: 5
Dock Points: 7
Nav Lights: 8
Max Fighters: 50
Max Corvettes: 25
Special Abilities
Repair & Refuel Strike Craft
Build up to Frigate size
Receive Resources
Receive Ships for Retirement

Required Tech:
Super-Cap Drive
Super-Heavy Chassis

Weapons: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
4 Small Mass Drivers 10-16 3,000 m 0.2* s

*Burst Fire; Burst Time: 0.8 s. Burst Wait: 1.1 s.

The Saarkin Cho-class Carrier has been in continuous service for nearly 90 years (galactic standard) at this point, and due to the fall of the Taiidan Empire it seems unlikely that it will be replaced in frontline service anytime soon. The Saarkin Cho was designed at the height of Taiidani power, and was meant to function as the core of every Taiidani naval task force throughout the empire. At the Empire's fall there were 137 Saarkin Cho on active duty, and by the time the ashes of the civil war cooled approximately 70 of these heavy Carriers were still active, 19 of these flying the colors of the Imperialist faction.

The Saarkin Cho was designed to be a fast-deployment Carrier with enough construction capacity to replace any expected combat losses up to and including Frigate-class vessels. The hangar bay is aligned forward and opens directly into the repair/construction bay, allowing strike craft to come directly off the manufacturing line and into combat. Taiidani strike pilots often joke about being aboard before the cockpit can cool. The forward launching bay is doublewide and allows for the simultaneous launch and recovery of two full strike wings while the Carrier itself is maneuvering at full combat speed.

In combat the Saarkin Cho has performed admirably and was virtually undefeated until the Homeworld war and the Taiidani civil war that followed. Recent reports indicate that the Imperialist navy has upgraded the Saarkin Cho's point defense mass drivers to high-energy tracking plasma. If this is true, this Carrier has become extremely dangerous to attacking strike craft. Hiigaran intelligence recommends that any fleet encountering a Saarkin Cho-class Carrier should only engage it with a full attack squadron backed up by multiple vessels of Frigate class or above. If strike craft must attack without support, it is advised that they make their attack runs from the forward quadrant, where the defense turrets cannot track properly, and direct their fire into the lightly armored launch bay.