Why thank you! Might borrow the design for some other ships as well. In the meantime, this was an attempt at the OTHER problem, IE not needing paint to hide the hull in the first place.
I present...RDS 019: Hunter Class Interception Frigate
This prototype vessel (IUN-005 Tacacardia
) represents a new direction in IUN tactics. At only 110 metres, she's designed to be a fast, heavy hitter and chasing vessel. These ships operate exculsively in pairs, normally far in advance of a convoy of vessels, seeking out enemy positions and possible ambushes. IN addition, they are designed to track down enemy ships of interest in fleet engagements (notably hangars) and button them in support of friendly fighter operations.
Their other role is to chase enemy ships, to disable them if possible before they can escape. To this end, they are the only ship to employ what has been nicknamed a Flipper
, an Extreme High Gain Sensor Network (EHGSN) which projects enough of a sensor reading to trick navigational computers into believing there is a gravity well preventing safe FTL/Hyperspace or teleportation launch. In addition to this ability, the Hunter Class is the fastest ship in the IUN inventory, and can follow almost any capital ship on sub-light engines, tracking them to call in the bigger guns.
She is only lightly armed, a single pair of 100cm torpedo tubes forward and a pair of forward facing 100cm hyper velocity cannons on her wingtips as the only anti capital ship armament she posesses. Instead, she is kitted with a mass of Close In Weapon Systems, capable of making mincemeat out of entire fighter squadrons sent in against bigger ships under it's protection. These also include an unrivaled amount of LL-2 Batteries, ten Counter Projectile Missile Batteries capable of tracking, engaging and outright destroying incoming cannon rounds, missiles and torpedoes without effort from nearly ten kilometres away.
So, what do you think?
~~1.5 Hour build time
Length: 110 metres
Width: Approx: 40 metres