Fralthi-class cruiser

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Fralthi
WC1-Fralthi.png
Type Cruiser
Primary User Empire of Kilrah
Ships of the Line Ras Nik'hra
Kraj'nishk
Service Terran-Kilrathi War
Introduction 2654
General Characteristics
Length 500 meters
Mass 20,000 tonnes
Crew 200
Spacecraft Carried 20
Performance
Maximum Yaw 2 dps
Maximum Pitch 2 dps
Maximum Roll 2 dps
Velocity
Cruise 120 kps
Maximum 180 kps
Armament
Turrets

Components
Jump Drive Yes
Defense
Shields
Fore 27 cm equivalent
Aft 17 cm equivalent
Armor
Front 28 cm
Rear 14 cm
Side 26 cm
Wc1fralthi4.gif
Fralthi-class Target Identification, circa 2654.
Source Claw Marks
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Fralthi-class line drawing from Joan's Fighting Spacecraft.

The Fralthi was a Kilrathi cruiser and light carrier. It was included in Joan's Fighting Spacecraft Vega Sector Supplement for 2654.092.

The Fralthi was at a time one of the most commonly-seen heavy warships in the Terran-Kilrathi War. These cruisers served as system patrol ships, capital ship interceptors, escorts, and even light carriers due to its fighter complement. It was a heavily-armed warship that could travel without escorts when necessary. They often filled the role of carrier during the Vega Sector Campaign, in addition to the Snakeir-Class Carriers.

History

The Fralthi line has been in service since 2504, when it served multiple factions in a series of clan wars that were brewing within the Kilrathi Empire. However, they have seen several revisions and modifications since their initial inception. By the time of the Terran-Kilrathi War, 2,000 Fralthis were active. In 2654, the current form of the Fralthi was introduced, and they began their service as light carriers.

The first time the Terran Confederation encountered the modern-day Fralthi was during a raid on McLaren in the Port Hedland System. Pilots from the TCS Tiger's Claw destroyed the Fralthi in this engagement, the first confirmed Fralthi kill in Terran history. These cruisers would see service throughout the whole of the Vega Sector Campaign in the 2650s, in which several were ultimately destroyed. Several Fralthis also comprised the task force that destroyed Goddard in 2654.

During the Siege of Firekka, the KIS Ras Nik'hra, commanded by Khantahr Ralgha nar Hhallas, defected to the Terran Confederation. It was the first Fralthi to be captured by the Confederation. A second Fralthi, the KIS Kraj'nishk, was destroyed in a failed attempt to destroy the Ras Nik'hra.

At some point after 2656, the Fralthi II-Class Cruiser entered service with the Kilrathi Empire, ending the dominance of the original Fralthi.

Variants

VariantLengthMassCruise speedMax. SpeedWeaponFighter complementFore shieldAft shieldFore armorAft armorSide armorSource
Fralthi (Handbook)47524,00010015018 Point-Defense
3 Antimatter Guns
8 Torpedo Tubes
Fighter Complement
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Wing Commander: Pilgrim Stars
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Official Authorized Wing Commander Confederation Handbook
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The Secret Missions 2: Crusade
Wing Commander: Freedom Flight
Claw Marks
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Mission Appearances

Conversational References

The Secret Missions

Mission Appearances

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The Secret Missions 2

Mission Appearances

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Wing Commander: Freedom Flight

Official Authorized Wing Commander Confederation Handbook

The Fralthi class seems to have been the primary battleship for inter-clan civil war for at least a century before the Kilrathi encountered humanity. In its basic configuration it has probably seen service for 150 years or more. Almost 2000 individual Fralthi-class ships have been identified in action, and several have been taken intact. Almost all Kilrathi fleet actions will involve at least one, and probably several, Fralthi.

The smallest Kilrathi ship to mount a carrier deck, the Fralthi class is capable of carrying a light squadron of about 50 fighters. With its three anti-matter main guns, it is very strong for its size in ship-to-ship actions, but carries a relatively small torpedo/missile loadout. It carries a complement of about 200 officers and crew, plus about 150 warriors.

Its engines are somewhat underpowered as compared to more recent Kilrathi ship designs, and it is both slow (in terms of top speed) and rather sluggish in its maneuvers. A Fralthi relies on its fighters and guns to repel an enemy, not on evasion or escape.

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