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PATCOMS

NSO-989 Tariq Class Patcom
Tariq Class Patcom

Manufacturer: NSO Laplace

Length: 121m
Mass: 4,992t
Crew: 16+3
Maneuverability: High

Offensive Systems:
Single PBC Cannon
2 x Missile Launchers

Defensive Systems:
Countermeasure Launcher
Upper LDA

Drive Systems:
Standard Thrust Array
LDS Class 3
Capsule Drive

Virtually a sister vessel to the Dreadnaught class corvette - it can use the same command section, and many of the components are common - it is smaller and has less defensive systems, but is much faster and more agile. Tariq class patcoms are used primarily as scout and system patrol ships, have found a place in many planetary defense fleets, and are also favored by customs agents. Older patcom vessels had only an upper shield, leaving them vulnerable to attacks from below, but some modern variants now have both an upper and lower shield. Some versions have even been retrofitted with beam weapons or gatling cannons.

 

NSO-1824e Enforcer Class Police Patcom
Enforcer Class Police Patcom

Manufacturer: NSO Laplace

Length: 154m
Mass: 8932t
Crew: 20 + 4 + 15
Maneuverability: High

Offensive Systems:
2 x PBC Cannon
2 x Disruptor Missile Launchers

Defensive Systems:
Countermeasure Launcher
2 x LDA (Upper and Lower)

Drive Systems:
Standard Thrust Array
LDS Class 2
Capsule Drive

When the United-Police-Federation placed an order for a new class of patcom, specially designed for the unique requirements of planetary police departments few realised just how powerful a ship they would be getting. The Enforcer class police patcom builds on the design of the Tariq class, and takes it to the next level. In realising the new design NSO-Laplace have abandoned the separate command section, and instead integrated the bridge into the main hull, providing internal space for prisoner holding cells. With dual PBC Cannon and disruptor missiles the Enforcer patcom is capable of disabling medium sized vessels. Its universal docking collars allow it to connect to a wide variety of docking connections, and it has enough accomodation space for a police boarding party of up to 15 specially trained officers. The Enforcer police patcom is a common sight around stations, keeping an eye out for pirates and marauders, though they are better known for disabling any ship that disobeys station speed limits.

 

NSO-1950a Tachyon Class Advanced Patcom
Tachyon Class Advanced Patcom

Manufacturer: NSO Laplace

Length: 88m
Mass: 2,112t
Crew: 10 + 4
Maneuverability: Very High

Offensive Systems:
PBC Cannon
Missile Launcher

Defensive Systems:
Countermeasure Launcher
2 x LDA (Upper and Lower)

Drive Systems:
High-Power Micro Thrust Array
LDS Class 3
Capsule Drive

The Tachyon class advanced patcom is the latest ship to roll off the NSO-Laplace production line. A replacement for the Tariq Class, the Tachyon class is a radically advanced new patcom design. It is much smaller, lighter, faster and more manoeuvrable, but is capable of carrying more ordnance. Custom avionics allow the ship to be configured for a variety of roles, and modular wing pylons (identical to those of the Devastator heavy corvette) allow the ship to carry a wide range of weaponry. One of the major advances is the LDS Class 3 drive, with much higher acceleration than Class 2 or below drives, which has led many navies to consider them for interception roles. Like the Devastator class heavy corvette it also uses the NSO-1502 Advanced Command Section as a bridge, and it shares many common components with the Devastator, giving significant cost savings to navies that operate both vessel types. Tachyon class corvettes have recently been licensed for manufacture by several organisations, but have yet to replace the Tariq class, due to the high construction costs.