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FFAlpharite
Class Overview
Builders: Northop Shipbuilding
Operators: Highlandic EmpireHighlandic Navy
Planned: 25
Completed: 25
Active: 20
General Characteristics
Type: Alpharite Class multi-purpose frigate
Displacement: 2,900 tons standard, 3,400 tons full load
Length: 415ft
Beam: 50ft
Draught: 25ft
Propulsion:
  • 2 x Zerbst 17000hp gas turbines

or

  • 2 x HQS Sprey1A hydrogen powerplants
Speed: 32 knots
Complement: 112
Sensors and Processing Systems:
  • TRAXUS long ranged 3D survaillance and tracking radar
  • Northop Seawatcher 100 active phassed surface detection and tacking radar
  • TRAXUS S-1 Hull attached sonar array
  • TRAXUS Alpharite passive tactical radar
  • TRAXUS Alpharite surface intelligence navigation radar
Armament: Guns:
  • 1 x Kinsekia 75mm gun
  • 4-8 x Merkava 10.0mm machine guns

Missiles and Torpedoes:

  • 12 x VLS firing TRAXUS Sea Wolf multi-purpose missile
  • 8 x Launcher firing Northop Seadart anti-ship missile
  • 1 x Launcher firing TRAXUS A-17 Defence Missile
  • 2 x Launcher firing Kinsekia S-1 torpedoes
Aircraft carried: 2 x EC220 Whirlbird
Aviation facilities: helicopter hangar and flight deck

The Alpharite Class Frigates (or A Class as they are alternatively known as) are a class of Multi-Purpose Frigates in service with the Highlandic Navy. With design work dating back to 3570, the frigate was the first such naval project to be undertaken by the Highlandic Federation, and was the first ship to be designed with full integration of both Kinsekian and Republican naval technologies.

The A Class were designed invariably to perform a variety of tasks within the littoral combat zone, firmly establishing the Highlandic Navy as a green water power. The class was also designed to achieve economies of scale, with a near abundant budget 25 were ordered to complete a variety of tasks, (training, naval defence, patrolling, coast guard etc) and to replace the earlier Republican and Kinsekian class frigates, corvettes and patrol vessels which lacked any effective combat capability. Initially designed to be the forefront warships of the Highlandic Navy, the A class has since been rendered outdated from the current technologies of other nations, and currently retians operations within the Home Fleet along the coastline.

Previously in operation of 25 ships, the Alpharite class became the primary combat ships of the Highlandic Navy. Today they are the only combat ships still remaining in service, with only a several serving within the Highlandic Navy - their primary role is that of coastal defence, they remain extremely versitile, efficient and capable vessels. Being constantly maintained and upgraded with evolving threats and mission objectives.

Development

After the 3566 treaty of bradley a proposal was put forwards to the ministries of defence for the Republic of White Highlands and the Union Of Kinsek respectively, for the requirement in the future to collaborate in developing a new class of ship aimed at technological integration. The Highlandic Naval review in 3568 also pescrbied naval power across the federation, "futile".

By 3569 the Naval Alliance Consortium was constructed around defence companies based around the Highlandic Trading Bloc. Led by smaller businesses and the defence corporations of TRAXUS Industries. Work on technology integration was initiated early on, with a formal request for a frigate with littoral combat capabilities officially announced in the February of 3570. The new frigate was aimed to replace a vast flotilla of near ineffective vessels across the Kinsekian and Republican navies, which had a armada of near useless patrol boats, fast attack vessels and coastal patrol ships. A near universal frigate had been designed in early 3575. With the Highlandic Federation passing a act (with the support of national governments) to initiate construction of the vessel.

The various components of the ship were designed from scratch to achieve commonality between Republican and Kinsekian components. All ships were assembled and constructed at the Northop Shipbuilding facilities within the Republic, which had at the moment recently undergone a massive expansion to construct more vessels.

Design

General Characteristics and Machinery

The Ships of the Alpharite Class have a total length of 415ft, with a length of 380ft at the waterline. They displace approximately 2,900 tons at standard and around 3,400 tons at full load. The class is said to have a extremely tight tunr radius, of which the exact numbers remain classified. The Class also has a relatively high number of automation, with a minumum operating capacity of 90 - although the usual complement is approximatley 112.

Rather then being constructed in particular modules, the hull of the ship was constructed a a singular reinforced hull, which also consists of various watertight sealents on the inside of the hull. A primary focus of the vessel was to increase the level of modular components, particularly in the aspect of weaponry, components and the interior.

Originally, the Alpharite Class was deisgned with  Zerbst 17000hp gas turbine propulsion system. This was powered by a variety of gas and diesel with the two operating shafts working independently from each other. Each shaft was also designed with invariable pitch propellers for greater efficiency through the water. This was able to ensure the ship travelled at around 33 knots.

Armament

These ships were optimised for a variety of combat roles. The primary anti-air system relies on the 12 x TRAXUS Sea Wolf missiles, which individually have capabilities to attack ground as well as air targets with exceptional efficientcy. The Point defence from cruise missiles, as well as other aerial projectiles is provided by the A-17 Defence missile system, which has commonality amongst most vessels. The Ships are also equipped with sea dart anti-ship missiles, fired from a harpoon launcher.

Defence against submarines relies on two torpedo launchers capable of firing Kinsekia S-1 torpedoes. Guns on the ships vary in caliber and size, though the main cannon consists of a 76mm Kinsekian gun, there are also 4 - 6 10mm Merkava close support guns situated at various points throughout the ship. Nearly all ships are fitted with a flight deck, which norally has the capability to operate a medium sized helicopter, though some have been known to sucessfully operate two helicopters. Helicopters provide AEWCS and anti-submarine support, as well as providing transport for naval kommandoes and delivering aid/cargo.

Sensors and Countermeasures

The Role of the Alpharite class in recent years has changed from frontline duty, to generic operations within the littoral combat zone. Therefore sensors, radar equipment and communications have been specifically redesigned and adapted to work with facilities on the ground, as part of a network of coastal defence and operational units. A large majority of the sensors on board the ship have been designed to detect aircraft and smaller naval formations, most radar has horizon to surface search capability - and are able to track numerous targets at shorter to medium ranges. When boosted by longer ranged Smart-H radar from more advanced ships the radar can coordinate to achieve stealth detection capability within a medium ranged radius.

Alpharite B-Batch

As well as achieving common design over 25 vessels. In 3587 the Highlandic Quaternary Service requisitioned 5 ships of the class to achieve a Alpharite B-Batch, or as they are commonly referred to, the AB Class. Though not much was done in regards to the design of the hull, weapons or sensoring systems. Significant improvements were made to the propulsion system, and rather than being powered by gas or diesel turbines - was redesigned to incorporate dual hydrogen cells to power the ship. Complete with an electrolysis station on board, the ships are powered with an alternative and yet renewable source, and need not refuell. This does little to change combat speed or anything for that matter. Today these vessles are the last of the Alpharite Class to remain in service, they entered service with the hydrgoen cells in 3630 and have since served the Highlandic Navy without ever having to actively refuel.

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