The Shiva Strike Carrier SSCV-2 was commisioned for a demanding client - the Terran Colonial Authority. Being far out at the forefront of mankind's expansion, they do not have the luxury of operating in mutually supportive fleets as per the inner colonies. As such, each vessel has to be self-sufficient in a firefight. Modelled along the lines of late 20th century Soviet era sea vessels, the Shiva is bristling with firepower despite being primarily a carrier.
About this creation
Borealis Systems - Shiva Strike Carrier (SSCV-2)
Crew: 400 + 1000 air wing
Air wing: 50 x Raven Mk 2 Trans-atmospheric fighters, 10 x utility shuttles, 4 x AWACS craft.
Armaments: 50 x "Thorium II" anti-ship/planetary bombardment missiles (each with 10 warheads). Replaceable with 50 x Combat Drones, 1 x "Cobalt IV" anti-ship anti-matter cannon, 6 x "phalanx IV" CIWS.
Propulsion: 1 x Rykiir Fusion Reactor powering 1 x main thruster and 4 x vectoring auxiliary thrusters. 1 x Argon Anti-Gravity generator for atmospheric manoeuvring.
Atmospheric Capability: yes, limited.
A close up shot of 2 Raven Mk.2 fighters making a vertical take-off from the topside launch bays.
Close-up shots of the Raven Trans-Atmospheric Fighter, with full wing extension for orbital re-entry.
The frontal launch bays are visible from this angle (beside the front communications array), and provide another avenue for fighter deployment beyond the usual topside bays. Also apparent are the massive side-mounted missile banks, each bristling with 50 Thorium II missiles. These bays can be re-configured to carry fighter drones when the need arises.
Wow! It's like something by Chris Foss, especially the stripey probes at the front. It took me a while to realise quite how big this ship is. These, and the others in your fleet, make me want to have a try at microscale: inspiring!