OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
> Intent: To submit a powerful HGV for the defense of Naboo.
> Canon Link: N/A
> Restricted Missions: N/A
> Manufacturer: Royal Naboo Shipwrights
> Model: NHGV
> Affiliation: Naboo
> Modularity: No
> Production: Semi-Unique
> Classification: Hypersonic Glide Vehicle
> Size: Very Large
> Weight: Extreme
> Ammunition Type: Missile
> Ammunition Capacity: One
> Reload Speed: Very Low (Requires return to station)
> Effective Range: Battlefield
> Rate of Fire: Very Low (Single)
> Stopping Power: Extreme
> Recoil: None
> Travels at speeds of 20,921 KM/h.
> Reaching peak parabola, the HGV separates into four warheads that begin their descent at speeds exceeding Mach 20.
> Just above the target, each warhead detonates, showering an area of 278 square meters with thousands of scored tungsten rods.
> Each rod possesses the destructive strength of twelve times that of a .50 caliber bullet.
> Can be guided throughout its entire trajectory.
[ + ] Devastating kinetic destructive power capable of overwhelming most shield defenses. (Up to the opposing writer's discretion.)
[ + ] Remarkably efficient and highly accurate.
[ + ] Due to its speed and maneuverability, these missiles require immense effort, technologically advanced equipment, and precision to track.
[ + ] Due to its means of propulsion, guidance systems, and delivery, intercepting these is made all the more difficult.
[ + ] Advanced systems allow the warheads to divert to alternative targets throughout their entire flight path.
[ - ] Can only be utilized against planetary targets (IE: not starships or targets outside of atmosphere), due to the nature of their propulsion.
[ - ] Requires a highly specialized vehicle to deploy these, only one of which exists, making this a very limited supply.
[ - ] Cannot be reloaded in the field. One launch per tube.
[ - ] Should the enemy have a guidance system capable of delivering a counter-warhead at Mach 20, tracking and intercepting the HGV is achievable.
[ - ] Destruction of the delivery vehicle will result in the total loss of guidance. There are no backup measures or means to control these otherwise.
Facing the ever growing realization that Naboo may soon be at the doorstep of an invasion, or otherwise hostile military force, coupled with the continued setbacks and losses of the Galactic Alliance war front, Naboo has begun funneling resources into its own defense systems, including the new HGV, (hypersonic glide vehicle.) These warheads are capable of reaching orbital speeds of up to Mach 20, while delivering a massive, devastating payload containing thousands of scored tungsten rods in an area of roughly 278 square meters. Such overwhelming kinetic force is capable of potentially overwhelming enemy shields, and laying waste to what surrounds the detonation site. These missiles, because of the nature of their propulsion, guidance, and delivery, are incredibly difficult to track, due to their overwhelming speed, maneuverability, flight path, and ability to alter targets to the very last few kilometers. Upon reaching the edge of space, the vehicle separates into four individual warheads that then traverse the remainder of the flight.
Due to this nature, most conventional means of anti-missile defenses will fail to properly intercept, or even track these warheads.
Taking into account the means of propulsion and delivery that these warheads require, they are suitable only for use on land, and cannot be fitted to starships or aerial vehicles. These are restricted solely to ground based vehicles, or highly specialized submersibles. The sheer size and weight of these weapons mean that they cannot be reloaded while in the field. Each missile must be loaded into the firing tube before the launch vehicle is deployed. At present, due to funding and the experimental technology, only a single vessel has been designed to carry these specialized weapons. In the event of a premature detonation due to interception, if only the initial delivery rocket was compromised, the remaining HGV warheads may continue their descent at whatever speed they had reached at the time of compromise, to their intended target. In the case of the launch vehicle being destroyed, all ability to control the HGV is lost, and the warhead will travel at whatever trajectory it was last angled. Should the warheads themselves be compromised mid-flight, the rods stored within will be dispersed, vastly widening the area targeted, with no accuracy whatsoever as to where the damage is confined.
Edited by Jamie Pyne, 23 January 2018 - 10:58 PM.