Taiidan "Skaal Fa" Missile Destroyer

Homeworld Statistics

Class: Destroyer
Build Cost
: 1,500 RUs
Build Time: 175 s
Maneuverability: Low
: 35 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 295 m/s
Hit Points: 42,000
Repair Rate: 300/5 s
Firepower: 4,550
Coverage: -
Mass: 28,000 tons

Salvage No.: 3
Nav Lights: 5
Special Abilities
Missile Volley Attack

Required Tech:
Capital Ship Drive
Capital Ship Chassis
Super-Capitol Ship Drive
Guided Missiles

Weapons: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
4 Missile Launchers 100-125 8,000 m 1.0* s
*Each launcher can store 8 missiles, which are launched more rapidly than new ones can be produced (once every 2.3 seconds for each launcher). The Volley Attack launches missiles every .2 seconds until the reserves are depleted. The missiles have a max velocity of 1,250 m/s, can accelerate at 1,650 m/s^2, and each have 5 hit points.

The guided missile has long been a forgotten weapon in space combat. Small, cheap missiles lacked the warhead strength and range to be a factor, while missiles large enough to be a threat simply could not be carried in large enough numbers on even capital ships to make it worth the time and resources. Taiidani engineers finally made a tactical breakthrough by applying the automated construction bay technologies used in the Mothership and, to a lesser extent, in Saarkin Cho-class Carriers. Skaal Fas use the standard Destroyer hull, but replace the ion cannon systems with an automated assembly bay capable of building a heavy missile armed with a fusion warhead every five seconds. A dual-rail missile launcher is mounted on either side of the forward hull where the standards weapon bays used to be.

Skaal Fas have the best stand-off range of any ship in the fleet, but are vulnerable once their initial load of 32 missiles has been launched, and their rate of fire drops to the speed at which they can manufacture new missiles. Skaal Fas usually operate with one or two Skaal Tel-class Destroyers, and standard procedure is for the Tels to engage and pin a large enemy vessel while the Missile Destroyer stays back and pummels it with long-range missile fire. Since the Skaal Fa carries no turrets, it is almost always deployed with a wing of Interceptors flying close escort to ward off enemy strike craft.

On Kharak, the Skaal Fa is the female of the Skaal species, and, while smaller and somewhat more vulnerable during the breeding season than the male, she sports a tail covered with hardened spines that she can fling with deadly force from the safety of her lair.