The Naginata is the latest light privateer vessel design from the up-and-coming Freeman-Ahrugan firm Daedelus Aerospace. Designed from the ground up as a dedicated pirate-hunter, the Naginata is fast, stealthy, tough and deadly all rolled into one. The designers at Daedelus recognized the need for a light privateer with the ability to sneak up on a larger force of pirate marauders and then crush them with a lightning blitzkrieg attack. In many ways this reflects Ahrugan warfighting doctrine with their deadly Dragan-class assault ships (their version of a corvette)- sneak up on the target while cloaked, hit them like a thousand flaming sledgehammers, then re-cloak, bank around and hit again from another angle. For such a small vessel- 335’ (102m)- the Naginata has incredible punch and a thick skin, making this a perfect vessel for such tactics
The Naginata succeeds in this task masterfully, but it also has an additional ace in the hole- a top-notch ENWO suite. While most vessels have a single VR chair with command controls for other electronic warfare equipment, the Electronic and Network Warfare Operations command center aboard the Naginata has three. This allows three netrunners to hack the opposing vessels’ networks and jack with their systems, or two to do so while the third mans the ECM/ECCM consoles. While this may not be of use against alien threats due to their networks being wholly incompatible with Terran coding, it is quite effective against Terran-based or Orion-based pirates.
Offensively, the Naginata is a potent vessel for its size. Primary punch comes from a spinal mount APPC with a hidden emitter under the bow. Designed to gut most pirate ships in a single volley, this weapon is technically Restricted, and requires either scan spoofers to hide it or licenses to carry it. Six dual medium APPC turrets give omnidirectional fire to allow the ship to engage multiple targets simultaneously. Two medium AP lancer turrets port and starboard act counter fighters and small craft that attempt to intercept the Naginata. When things get particularly nasty, however, the Naginata has sixteen SSM launchers, eight dorsal, eight ventral. Defenses are phenomenal for such a small vessel, with a thick hide of multiple layers of atomically-bonded carbon-turine armour with tenser field reinforcements and a skin-sheath deflector shield under the conventional shields. The Naginata hits hard, moves fast, and is very hard to kill.
Due to substantial automation, the Naginata requires only three crew to operate, six to operate at optimal efficacy. As a result, the quarters aboard the privateer are spacious and roomy (middle-class quarters), and even the troop/passenger bunkroom is decent. The galley and entertainment lounge are comparable to some of the better transit orbital lounges. Lastly, the Naginata can MOVE, with four propulsion dual-core gravitic drives and four single-core gravitic drives dedicated strictly to maneuvering, the vessel can outmaneuver some fighters. With an acceleration of 2 AU/hour and a top sublight speed of .8C, she is a hard ship to catch or escape. The Naginata is just as fast in hyperspace, with a top-notch class VII jump drive giving it a top speed of 140C/hour. All in all a prize for privateer to own.
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