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Saxum
Class: Light Starfighter
Operators: TOG
Mass: 75 tons
Cost: 2,081,300 talents
Engines:

Right Engine Rating (450)
Center Engine Rating (450)
Left Engine Rating (450)

Thrust: 10
Weapons:

Type (Location)
1 3/1 Laser (R Wing)
1 3/1 Laser (L Wing)
1 NPC-9 (Bow)
1 Hardpoint (Bow)
1 Hardpoint (R Wing)
1 Hardpoint (L Wing)

Crew: 1
Passengers: 0
Marines: 0
Extras:

OverviewEdit

The Saxum is the Lancea´s predecessor. First introduced in 6790, the fighter is still found in second-line and reserve squadrons of the TOG Imperial Navy and Legions. In the last years of the KessRith war, Rear-Admiral Whitworth Armstrong was appointed to command the Imperial Navy War College, though he had never seen combat or even been assigned to an active war theater. Armstrong was a brilliant mathematician, who had developed a superb linear programming model that, vastly improved the TOG logistical distribution system early in his career. Later, he was instrumental in developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategic-level simulation model for optimizing TOG attack plans against the KessRith Empire. This model was unique in addressing the normal military and economic aspects of the campaign as well as racial and sociological characteristics of the KessRith. Through use of this program, TOG strategists were able to correctly predict the KessRith‘s use of suicide tactics, and thus allowed TOG to plan and implement proper defensive measures months before the actual start of the campaign. Rear-Admiral Armstrong believed fervently in the superiority of Computer modelling to solve all problems. When the Imperial Navy asked the War College to study and recommend specifications for a new light fighter, Armstrong immediately began to program his beloved Computer. He analysed tells of thousands of battles and thousands of current designs and mission profiles. When he submitted his findings to the Procurement Board, it was not the 100-page report they bad expected, but a detailed plan for the fighter, plus a flight manual, a complete dissertation on its proper tactical use, and the programming needed to recode three existing robotic manufacturing facilities to begin immediate production. Those facilities were converted in short order, and S0011 Saxum were rolling off the line. Despite Armstrong‘s brilliance, the Saxum proved to be a disappointment. First, minor problems in Construction quality began to crop up. Also, its acceleration was low for a light fighter, especially in comparison to its relatively light armament. Removing the lasers did not significantly increase its thrust, and pilots complained that it “flew like a rock“ in atmosphere. Within three years of the Saxum‘s introduction, the Imperial Navy began to look for a new light fighter. Three Saxum squadrons are reported operating as part of a reserve replenishment group near Pisae. This group is responsible for protecting convoys travelling to and from Trader‘s Paradise, along with providing emergency logistical support.

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