Hunter (JumpShip class)
|Hunter Class JumpShip|
|Top Thrust||0.1 Gs|
|KF Drive Integrity|
|Armament||5 Large Pulse Lasers, 5 Streak SRM-4, 2 Anti-Missile Systems|
|Crew||2 pilots, 8 engineers|
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||4 Life Boats|
|Heat Sinks||93 (186)|
A scout JumpShip to seek out enemy fleets or explore new systems, the Hunter was designed by Clan Ghost Bear sortly after the founding of the Clans. It shares the best features of the Scout and Magellan classes: It is small and stealthy, with a tiny emergence signature, and at the same time capable of prolonged independent operation; it is also equipped with a HPG to send messages over a distance of up to 50 lightyears. However, it also shares the lack of a grav deck, a drawback that requires the ship to spend fuel on thrust to generate gravity through acceleration.
True to their nature the Clans have even armed their non-combattant ships. Accordingly, the Hunter mounts 5 Large Pulse Lasers, 5 Streak SRM-4 launchers with one ton of ammunition each, and 2 Anti-Missile Systems with 4 tons of ammunition.
The original Hunter design can carry between 1021 and 1097 tons of cargo depending on the exact variant (see below), but most have since been upgraded to mount a Lithium-Fusion battery system at the expense of 950 tons of cargo space (1% of the ship's mass is required for the battery).
The BattleSpace rulebook provides a step-by-step guide to the designing rules by designing a sample ship class; it is explicitly stated at the end of the process that the "completed JumpShip belongs to the Hunter class". However, this (prototype) Hunter is slightly different: It has a cargo capacity of 1031.5 tons, and mounts only 1 Anti-Missile system with 3 tons of ammunition (instead of 2 systems with 4 tons). The stats given for the Hunter in the Large Ships section of the rulebook state a cargo capacity of only 1021 tons, which may be in error.
The standard version presented in the Technical readout 3057 is the one presented here, and has no passenger capacity, but 1097 tons of cargo.
By the mid-30th century, most Hunters have been upgraded with a Lithium-Fusion Battery system, at the cost of a greatly reduced cargo capacity (950 tons less). The unmodified vessels were given to freebirth units.
It is unknown wether or not those vessels serving among Wolf's Dragoons were upgraded.