|Glorious Heritage Class|
|Manufacturer:||Newport News Orbital Shipyards|
|Planet of Origin:||Earth|
|Cargo Capacity:||Approx. 10 million cubic meters|
|Auxiliary Craft:|| 36 RF-42 Centaur Tactical Fighter|
76 RA-26 Shrike Strike Fighters
12 AF/A-29 Phoenix Atmospheric Attack Craft
16 ES-115 Oracle Heavy Sensor/Attack Drones
8 ES-14 Janus Light Sensor/Attack Drones
|Mechanised Complement:||Planetfall Defense Bot|
|Power Plant:||Antiproton Fusion Reactors|
|Main Computer Systems:||Artificial Intelligence Command and Control Entity|
|Sensor Systems:|| |
PAS-37Q System Search Sensor (Phased Array)
HSS-114D Hyper-Spectral Scanner (EO)
AIS-117M Advanced Imaging Sensor (Synthetic Aperture/Moving Target Indicator)
AIS-117I Advanced Imaging Sensor (Inverse Synthetic Aperture)
ES/A-9R Electronic Support and Attack Measure Suite
|Combat Systems:|| |
40 Electromagnetic Launch System missile tubes
12 Point Defense Laser 50Mw turrets
12 Antiproton Cannons
6 radiating countermeasure generators
|Standard Armaments:|| |
OM-5 standard offensive kinetic kill missiles
DM-5 standard defensive kinetic kill missiles
PM-6 Star Arrow smart anti-ship missiles
PM-6L Strategic Star Arrow smart anti-ship missiles (extended-range)
PM-6LII Strategic Star Arrow MIKV variant
SAPM-6III Strike Arrow surface attack variant
Negative Energy bomb
|Chronological and General Info|
The Glorious Heritage class, also known as the "XMC", is the most notable class of Warship in the High Guard fleet, and one of the most recognizable and visible symbols of the reach and power of the Systems Commonwealth. These vessels are some of the most powerful in the fleet, considered so prestigious that command is reserved for the best and the brightest. ("A Heart for Falsehood Framed")
Glorious Heritage class cruisers are capable of high-endurance, independent operations. XMCs were often called upon to perform disaster relief and refugee support operations due to their spacious interiors and ability to ferry large quantities of emergency supplies and additional personnel, as well as possessing large medical facilities. During peacetime, XMCs are most often tasked with independent intergalactic exploration, charting and documenting the star systems of the Local Cluster, and providing relief for patrols. They are also the preferred platform for first contact missions, given their formidable combat capabilities and their ability to operate without a battlegroup - often critical to assuring potential Systems Commonwealth members that the High Guard comes in peace. Their immense weapons payload makes the Heritage class very good at settling border disputes and conducting combat operations ranging from planetary depopulation to surgical strikes.
The Heavy Cruiser operates most often as the central component of a Heavy Cruiser Battle Group. They are ideally suited for interplanetary combat, although they can play a significant role in planetary strike operations and logistics support for the Heavy Cruiser Battle Group as a whole.
Examples of ships in the Glorious Heritage class are the Pax Magellanic and the Andromeda Ascendant along with the Lancers Hope, the Midian Breach, the Million Voices, The Fires of Orion, the Salient Debate, Vanguard, and the Continuation of Politics. The design has created other classes with some ships being the Twelve Centuries, the Renewed Valor, along with the C class ship known as the Typhoon along with others.
Most of the Glorious Heritage class vessels were built above Earth, in the human-operated Newport News Orbital Shipyards. After the Fall of the Commonwealth, the Andromeda Ascendant was originally thought to be the only known surviving XMC cruiser, however the Pax Magellanic and other ships, like the Million Voices, were eventually discovered.
- The name is a reference to the "Glorious Heritage" of peace and stability of the Systems Commonwealth.
Glorious Heritage Class
|· Andromeda Ascendant · Continuation of Politics · Crimson Sunrise · Lancers Hope · Magellan Melrow · Midian Breach · Million Voices · Pax Magellanic · Salient Debate · The Fires of Orion · Vanguard ·|