Dagger Class Battlecruiser

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Dagger Class Battlecruiser

 

Armament:

Main Guns 120

Secondary Guns 300

Tertiary Guns 600

Missile Tubes 200

Energy Shielding: Defensive Shielding

 

Propulsion:

Sublight Propulsion  Plasma thrusters, Plasma Main Drive Units

Faster than light drive (FTL drive)  Dimensional phase drive

 

Ship’s dimensions:

Length 3500m

Width 1500m

Height 900m

Municipal Shuttle Hanger

 

Crew Complement: 3500 dedicated to ships operations

 

Ships Power: Fusion Power

 

The Dagger class battlecruiser was designed to be fast response ship that could be sent to smaller conflicts at a faster and more cost effective manner when all the resources of a battleship were not needed. After the need was seen for a lighter ship, the Dagger class was produced by Proteus Designs and put in service about 300 years after the Peacekeeper class battleship.

 

While the Dagger class had menacing lines and served well up into the years of the first Sabor War, when the first war came on with the Sabors, the battlecruiser was just not up to the task. Though it had close to the firepower of the Peacekeeper, it did not have the armor of the Peacekeeper, or the maneuverability of the Black Panther class destroyer and became easy prey for Sabor cruisers on the frontline. In all fairness to Proteus Designs, they were only following specs ordered by the empire centuries before. The Dagger’s purpose was to run down marauders and pirates who had lighter ships that could out-accelerate and escape the Peacekeepers due to the mass of the battleship not being able to accelerate quickly enough. The destroyers, despite being able to out-maneuver the pirate and marauder ships, were not always able to supply the firepower to overcome the threats. This made running down marauders and pirates, or planetary bombardment, tasks that the Dagger class was well suited to perform.

 

The engineers at Proteus Designs had recommended armor upgrades to the Dagger class, but the ships and their crews fell victim to the arrogance of the empire war planners and the Energy Consortium in thinking their aging ships were undefeatable in battle. There are still some Dagger class battlecruisers with lower light years on their hulls that have been relegated to convoy duty or patrolling inner empire systems in more of a coastal defense role. Some have even been sold off to friendly colonies for their own personal internal governing. The class was no longer a match for the Sabor M Class cruiser that appeared in the second war, or the new conflicts to come.