|Tech Base||Star League|
|Sail Diameter||1205 meters|
|Fuel||1,900 tons (4,750)|
|Safe Thrust||1 g|
|Top Thrust||1.5 g|
|KF Drive Integrity||16|
|Armament|| 16 x ER Large Lasers |
16 x Medium Lasers
16 x ER PPCs
8 x Large Pulse Lasers
16 x Medium Pulse Lasers
4 x NAC/20s
6 x NAC/30s
4 x NL35s
7 x NL45s
2 x Heavy Naval Gauss Cannons
|Armor|| Fore: 120 (SL), 150 (Clan)|
Fore-Sides: 106 (SL), 132 (Clan)
Aft-Sides: 106 (SL), 132 (Clan)
Aft: 112 (SL), 140 (Clan)
|Grav Decks||2x (120 and 145 meter diameters)|
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||20/20|
|Heat Sinks||477 (954)|
The Volga-Class tranport was developed in response to an SLDF commission for an armored cargo transport vessel able to ensure the steady supply and support of Star League bases in the Periphery states. Eaton AeroSpace used the hull of the mothballed Quixote-class frigate as the basis of their design; the small drive that doomed the Quixote enabled the Volga to carry an unusually large amount of cargo - almost 25 percent of the vessel's mass.
The well armored Volga saw extensive action during the war to liberate Terra, but a lack of firepower and a poorly designed coolant system resulted in the destruction of more than 200 Volgas during the Amaris crisis. Only about two dozen of the class survived to join the Exodus fleet, finally returning to the Inner Sphere in the fleets of several Clans in the wake of the Battle of Tukayyid, transporting troops and material between the occupation zones and Clan Homeworlds.
Intended as a transport, the Volga carries a weapons array geared towards defense against AeroSpace Fighters, a rarity for Star League era craft, proving only marginally effective against other WarShips. In the nose bay two NAC/20's, a NL45, and four ER Large Laser, Medium Lasers and Medium Pulse Lasers each provide notable head-on firepower, backed up by two NAC/30's, a another NL45 along with another four ER Large and Medium Lasers in each front quarter. Each broadside carries two NL35's and a Heavy N-Gauss cannon, backed up four ER PPCs and Medium Pulse Lasers. The aft quarters carry two NL45, four ER PPCs, four Large Pulse Lasers, directly aft mirroring the nose bay, save for excluding the Naval Laser. The Volgas lack of firepower is further hampered by a poorly designed coolant circuit, allowing only 45 percent of its weapons to operate at any one time.
In German products the unit's proper name was perfectly translated to Wolga.
- MUL online date for the Volga
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, pp. 144-145, "Volga Ship Profile"
- Technical Readout: 3057, pp. 146-147, "Ship Profile"
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 297