The EAS Nike, with her sisters Aurora, Orion, Athena, Pegasus and Antares, is, in the view of her sponsors, the first of a new generation of warships. Very Powerful, fast (7 g of acceleration), maneuverable, heavily armed and very well protected, she has a reduced crew complement in respect to the old EA ships standards thanks to an high degree of automation. Very expensive, it is the first ship of the line in Earthforce with a fully operational gravitic drive system, totally of human design, and roughly equivalent in the layout to the one of the Primus class cruisers.
Classified as Battle Cruiser, operationally the Nike is a more specialized, less flexible unit than the Warlock, extremely fast and powerful, with a strong emphasis on fleet operations and ship to ship engagements.
The NIke is powered by three gravitic enhanced fusion reactors of new design (Power output classified), has a flight line of 24 thunderbolts, and a sensor suite that is said to be the most advanced and effective ever embarked on an Earth Alliance ship.
The hull is a compact, slender design, literally shaped around the internal systems. The protection and the damage tolerance are particularly taken care of, with a thick armor of the same Carbonat VI-A or VIII-A used on the Warlocks, and a well designed internal compartimentation with 18 armored bulkheads and 2 intermediate armored decks. The structure is particularly robust and simple.
The weapon system is powerful and innovative, even if complex and articulated; the main antiship weapons are a couple of Mk VI Heavy Particles cannons and a battery of 32 heavy antiship missiles with 8 launching tubes with autoloaders. The antiship firepower is furtherly enhanced by the installation of six General Electric GAD 16-U Q-Spoiling lasers: these weapons, while limitated in terms of the damage they can inflict with a single shot, have an excellent piercing power and a very high rate of fire: a Nike, with all its Q-laser firing, can hit the target with more than 70 shots each second, and so in a few moments the cumulative damage of hundreds of perforations through the hull can easily cripple or destroy a target. For the short range combat, are available four M111 heavy pulse twin turrets and two Railgun turrets. A well distributed battery of antifighter/interceptor light pulse systems completes the combat suite.
Powerful weapons and heavy protection, matched with high speed and manoeuverability make this ship well able to hold the line and to go against every other known warship of the younger races.
The main sponsors of this ship were The Commander in Chief of the Staff of the Earthforce Navy, Admiral Michael T.Kane, and the R.Admiral Daryl Cellini, Chief of the Earth Force Naval Intelligence, which, in an interview with the ISN, questioning the cost and need of the Nike class cruisers, declared:
"The critics of this new class of ship say that it's too expensive for our needs, particularly now that we are part of the ISA, but my point of view is different. We must not ignore history. I am a veteran of the Minbari War, a survivor of the Line, and I was on the front line during the Drakh attack of 2266. Twice I have seen mankind on the verge of extinction. Twice I have seen mankind survive thanks to a miracle. More than twice I've seen my people whipped away by an overwhelming enemy...throwing themselves in the raging fire of war, in the face of death, against all odds, with only their bravery and the belief of being the only barrier between the mankind and the night. I swore then, and I swear here and now, that this will never happen again. Everybody that claims that the Nike is too expensive for our real needs has my personal contempt. The dead are looking at him. It is their voice that shouts, breaking the silence and the oblivion. We are not looking for retribution, but it is our duty to protect our people, against every menace, known and unknown. It is our duty to forge and hold the sharpest sword we can, if and when we will be made to stand another time on the bridge."
Today, ten years and a war after the
inception in service of the Nike Cruisers, it is not out
of significance to trace a summary of their overall
performances, and a balance of their tactical use.
These emerging technologies allowed to design the very
first true gravimetric drive of human design, the
But, at the end, what has shown the Nike to be capable of, in these ten years of service, both in the EFNI Naval Service and in the Navy? Well, a lot of things.
Today, the Nike Cruiser is the fastest, most ranged
and nimblest ship of the Earth Alliance. She is well
capable to outrun and outmaneuvre almost all the capital
ships of the races we have made contact with - except the
ancient ones, of course - and she packs a good punch,
with a very good and well shaped protection: in fact, she
has all the attributes of the "Cruiser" concept
at level of excellence: just to give an example, a Nike
can easily outrun and outmaneuvre a Sharlin or a Shargoti
warcruiser, let alone a Drakh heavy cruiser, has more
than enough firepower to cripple almost all the standard
capital ships in a matter of seconds, and may God have
mercy of whatever finds itself at the business end of
hers Heavy Particle Cannons.
Type: Battle Cruiser
Length: 1,680.6 meters
Mass: 36.5 million metric tons
Acceleration: 7.02 G
Fighters: 24 Mitchell-Hyundane SA 26-A Thunderbolt Starfury.
3*Westinghouse "Event Horizon" Gravitic Enhanced Fusion Reactors.
1*Lockheed-Mitchell GWR-1 "Waverider" Gravitic Drive.
3*Lockheed-General Electric I-110LGE400 gravitic enhanced plasma engines.
2*Lockheed-Mitchell M105 Jump Vortex generators.
2*Earthforce Arsenals Mk VI-A Heavy Particle G.O.D. cannons.
6*General Electric Q-Spoiling Hard-Ray Lasers GAD 16 U "Terminator".
4*Raytheon M 111 Heavy Phased Pulse Cannon turrets.
2*O.T.O.Melara 127/762 Heavy railgun turrets.
25*Walther-Raytheon WRX 1028 Light Pulse particle Cannon Turrets.
32*Raytheon "Blue Phoenix" Missiles. 8*bow mounted launching tubes with autoloaders.
12 to 22 meter armored hull CARBONAT VI-A (Multi-layer composite armour), Unspecified anti-neutron ablative armour. Nanotechnological layer.
24*Interceptor Mk. III Defense Grid Energy Projectors.
E.A.S. NIKE BATTLE CRUISER
E.A.S. ORION BATTLE CRUISER - Enlisted in the E.F.N.I. - Enhanced EGAD sensor suite
|NIKE - THE MODEL||In this page is presented the first miniature kit for an EFNI design - the Nike Class Battlecruiser - Mastered by Chris Yu - with images and links to Mr. Yu site.|