Hammerhead

Aegis sub-capital patrol gunship
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Hammerhead
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Flight ready
Hammerhead
Size
Large
Capacity
Crew
3 – 9
Cost
Standalone
$ 725.00€ 732.25 <br />£ 616.25 <br /> ($ 650.00€ 656.50 <br />£ 552.50 <br />)
Warbond
$ 600.00€ 606.00 <br />£ 510.00 <br /> ($ 550.00€ 555.50 <br />£ 467.50 <br />)
Availability
Time-limited sales
Lore
Released
2773

The Aegis Hammerhead is a fast, sub-capital patrol gunship bristling with six manned quad-linked turrets. These turrets are optimized for anti-fighter and anti-ordnance work and grant the ship an unparalleled ability to put up a hailstorm of firepower that swiftly removes smaller aerospace threats. The Hammerhead is thus well suited for supporting larger capital ships in a fleet or to act as a general patrol vessel in lower-intensity theaters.[1]

Specifications

Model

Ship profile

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear Below
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Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear
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Special editions

Image Name Description
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Hammerhead: "Best In Show Edition" Limited white and purple livery to celebrate the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo 2949.[2]

Paints

"Fortuna" "Polar" "Stormbringer"
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Acquisition

Pledge price history

Date Pledge cost (USD) Insurance Availability Sale
2020-05-26 725 120 months Time-limited Invictus 2950 [3]

Lore

In March 2765, High Command issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a dedicated anti-fighter platform that could serve as both a key element of the standard fleet screen and as a cost-effective patrol ship to replace the aging Guine-class. Aegis Dynamics was tasked with developing this new warship, then identified as PROJECT MONITOR and began ground-up development that November. Six initial prototypes were built by Aegis, with two of these prototypes being delivered to the UEE Navy for evaluation. Structural development lasted eighteen months, followed by three years of construction on the first of six test-bed articles. The result of the prototype program was a highly successful new spacecraft design. Aegis had built a fast warship nimble enough to properly support a battle group while remaining inexpensive enough to be constructed in large numbers.[4]

In 2773-08-09, the first production and Flight I model of Hammerhead, UEES Hammerhead was transferred to the UEE Navy. After six months of space trials proved uneventful, an additional five Flight I hulls were approved and allocated to the Fifth Fleet to serve as a proof-of-concept for newly developed carrier warfare doctrine. The Navy was pleased with the Hammerhead's proven combat capability and its new role in fleet operations, UEE doubled their initial hull order with Aegis and six months later signed an additional expansion that requested permanent production.[4]

After the fall of the Messers in 2792, the Hammerhead was considered by many to have been the 'official' ships of the Messers, Aegis not only found themselves publicly disgraced but many called for them to be charged for their role in the fascist regimes war crimes. As the new government sought to distance themselves from Aegis' warships in an attempt to rebrand their military and sought contracts from other manufacturers like RSI and the new Anvil Aerospace. Luckily for Aegis, the military had not negotiated an exclusive license on the Hammerhead design, which allowed them to adapt the spacecraft for civilian use in a variety of roles without governmental oversight in an attempt to remain solvent.[4]

In 2782, UEES Tiburo, a Flight I Hammerhead was involved in a collision while undergoing refuel/rearm operations. As a result of the incident, the Navy requested Aegis to implement major sensor changes in the Flight II models. In 2817, the Flight II models were released, in which replaced a radar emplacement with an additional turret and redesigned the internal deck layout in response to readiness reports from gun crews operating in the field.[5] In 2854, the Flight IIA models began to deploy as the first wave of Flight II were found to have a blind spot.[4]

  • Flight III: The Flight III models, which focused on an overall upgrade to modern command and control surfaces, were introduced between 2854 to 2915, and it replaced all extant Navy earlier Hammerheads by 2915.[4]
  • Flight IV: The Flight IV models are the modern version of Hammerheads in UEE Navy as of 2947. Compared to the Flight III models, it has multiple additional remote turrets and tools for increased modularity.[4]
  • Flight V: Aegis has begun early jump tunnel development of the theoretical Flight V, though there is no naval contract in place and it is unlikely to see a service opening in the next decade.[4]

Gallery

Development

Trivia

See also

References

  1. Hammerhead Ship Page. Pledge Store
  2. The Hammerhead Best In Show Edition - Pledge store. Pledge Store
  3. Invictus 2950 Sale. Transmission - Comm-Link
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 The Aegis Hammerhead - Ship Brochure
  5. The Aegis Hammerhead - Ship Brochure
  6. Ship Shape - Aegis Hammerhead
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