Sterling Class Battlecruiser
Main Guns 188
Secondary Guns 376
Tertiary Guns 1316
Missile Tubes 200
Energy Shielding: Primary and Offensive Shielding
Sublight Propulsion Plasma thrusters, Plasma Main Drive Units
Faster than light drive (FTL drive) Dimensional phase drive
Municipal Shuttle Hanger
Crew Complement: 2300 dedicated to ships operations
Ships Power: Fusion Power
The Sterling class battlecruiser was a formulation of several ship classes sharing parts so that in time of conflict the ships could be repaired quickly. In most cases, repair yards were attached to huge, gas giant mining facilities to supply ample power in order to matter-energy convert whatever was needed. It was found that because ship components were so large and time-consuming to produce, either from raw materials or mater energy converting, it was still faster to have parts on hand and slip pieces in.
Proteus Designs was a ship building company that had prided itself with producing ships that could be easily repaired should they become damaged out on the fringe or in battle. The Sterling class battlecruiser, though it looks similar to the Indomitable class heavy cruiser, was a much tougher ship. In their designs, Proteus did work to keep thier ships forward silhouettes similar to confuse an enemy. Olympian and Sabor Sensors were not as precise at great distances. So it was common for the equipment to think a cruiser might be a battleship at great distance if the ships had a similar silhouette. Most ships’ commanders would chose to retreat rather than take the risk of getting in closer to make a positive identification and risk getting into an engagement with a superior enemy. This phenomena was especially exacerbated if there was some kind of stellar phenomena close by that would interfere with sensor readings.
The Sterling class was designed to be maneuverable enough to chase down marauders, yet still stay in the battle line and duke it out with the larger ships for longer periods of time. The Sterling also had the distinctive sublight engine shielding that made it and the Indomitable Class heavy cruiser very hard for enemy sensors to positively identify from far off. It also had double shielding to allow it provide double the protective screening of other ships of its class.
Proteus Designs integrated their ingenious new shield emitter design into the Indomitable, Sterling, and Destiny classes.
While Proteus was ingenious, they could not seem to get the new shields to work on their larger battleships and carriers. The new shield emitters would rise up 50 meters out of the hull and would provide a second outer energy shield to support the ship’s standard shields. With adequate power, ships with this shield modification could extend the shield out 200 meters from their hull to surround other ships in need of protection. The shield feature allowed these ships to stay in the fight longer and take hits that would normally knock out a ship of their class. This modification allowed the ship to stay in the fight longer and screen the larger ships more effectively.