Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
“Aviso” – Union-Class Dropship
Type : Spheroid (Military)
Tonnage : 3500 tons
Length : 81.5m
Height : 78.0m
WIdth : 81.5m
Crew : 14 (7e, 3p – 4 Gunners) Passengers – 12 Mech Pilots, 2 AeroFighter Pilots.
Skeleton Crew : Bridge 1p+1e; Engine 1e+1e
Cargo Complement : .
Bay 1 : Mechs (4) – 2 Doors :
Bay 2 : Mechs (8) – 2 Doors
Bay 3 : Fighters (2) – 2 Doors :
Life Boats : 0
Escape Pods : 7
Armament : 3 PPCs, 6 LRM-20s, 6 AC/5s, 5 LLs, 12 MLs.
Ammunition : 9 tons of LRM ammo, 12 tons of AC/5 ammo.
Drive System : Star League V250 : 630 tons
Heat Sinks 27 + 63 :
Thrust : 3
Overthrust : 5
Structural Integrity : 11
Fuel : 6 Thrust-Points (2.82 tons per Burn-Day) : 209 tons
First Introduced : 2708
Hull Laid Down : -
Armor Factor (16 points per ton) : 40 tons
Nose – 140 : PPC, 2 AC/5, 2 LRM-20, 2 ML
Right Side – 140 : PPC, 2 AC/5, 2 LRM-20, LL, 2 ML
Left Side – 140 : PPC, 2 AC/5, 2 LRM-20, LL, 2 ML
Fuselage – 160 : LL, 2 ML
Engine – 60 : LL, 2 ML
The Union-Class DropShip may be the most famous vessel in the Inner Sphere. Well-armed and armored, the Union is an extremely versatile ship. Though small enough for use in raids, it is powerful enough to be taken seriously in full-scale operations. The vessel is designed to transport a company of Mechs and their pilots to a planet, where they are either dropped into low orbit or are delivered directly to the surface.
The Union’s interior consists of three main sections. The lowermost section contains the DropShip’s Star League V250 Interplanetary fusion drive, fuel tankage, weapons bays, loading door, Mech drop doors, and the ship’s enormous landing gear. Leading up from the loading door is a heavily reinforced ramp that spirals up around the outside of the engine core and leads into the lower Mech bay.
The middle section of the Union consists of two Mech bays. The lower Mech bay is cavernous, with walls lined with four Mech cubicles, doors leading to the two AeroFighter bays, entrances to the four drop-chutes, and storage for repair parts and ammunition. A set of plates cover the ramp entrance in the floor, making an airtight seal between the bay and the ramp area when closed. In the center of the ceiling is a large circular opening to the upper Mech bay.
Though a skilled pilot could use this opening to get his Mech into the upper bay, its real purpose is to provide access to the heavy lifting and repair equipment located in the upper bay. Normal passage between bays is by a heavy elevator located in the drop chute.
The upper Mech bay is also quite large. Ringing the walls are the remaining eight BattleMech cubicles and entrances to the four drop chutes. In the ceiling above the hole in the floor is a set of large general-purpose cranes. The hole in the floor of the upper Mech bay can be sealed by a pair of large steel doors sturdy enough to support the mass of the heaviest Mechs.
The Union’s flight control systems and the crew decks occupy the ship’s upper portions. The original design of the ship included a number of corridors ringing the double-occupancy quarters, a comfortable lounge, roomy mess facilities, and ample storage space for personal equipment. Electrical and hydraulic problems eventually led to a complete remodeling of the DropShip’s interior on over half of the original vessels. Though the wealthiest operators were able to completely restore the original layout, most ships were re-equipped with more spartan quarters; a single bunkroom for both crew and MechWarriors, minimal lounge /mess hall, increased air circulation space, and strengthened containment bulkheads around the weapons bays and ammunition storage. For some reason, the life support systems added to these “upgrades” created a stale odor to the air within the ship. Because this would add to the expense of yet another refit to the ships, this characteristic smell remains on many of them. The Overlord-Class DropShip, designed and constructed using very similar engineering plans and parts, shares these same characteristics.
The Aviso is the Union-Class DropShip that appeared mysteriously in Petrópolis, whose personnel and forces declared themselves to be an extension of the fallen Rim World’s Republic, and supportive of the efforts of Petrópolis military junta. The vessel fell into Iron Dingoes hands during a raid on that military force’s capital in January 5th, 3026. It was immediately assigned to * “The Fold Fiends” as their support interface transport.
The vehicle is painted in a glaring crimson and yellow of the Republican Royal Guards, and is otherwise considered a typical vessel of its class. It has a crew of former members of the order, supplemented by key officers promoted from within * “The Iron Dingoes” own AeroSpace forces. In addition, typical of Iron Dingoes marine deployment traditions, a squad of marines occupies the vessel, both to ensure the crew’s loyalty and protect it from boarding efforts. In late-3027, the ship was appointed Commander George Romanus as its lead pilot.