Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Nile-class is a new generation MS carrier for the Earth Sphere Federation (ESF). Utilizing the latest in GN technology, they're the only class of its kind that fully utilizes GN particles and not hybrid designs that co-utilizes plasma propulsion drives. The amount of GN Drive Taus it uses are unknown (suggestively 4 on each engine), but the fact it can fully depend on Tau Drives suggests there are numerous installed and used in turns to allow the previous one to recharge, similar to how Celestial Being powers its weapons systems.
ESF engineers (previously from the Union) largely recycled earlier designs to develop the class. It has faint aesthetics between the Virginia-class and the Baikal-class to its hull design. The bow of the ship is a triangular MS hanger. Each side of the hull has a catapult to launch 7 GNXs per catapult, totaling 21 GNXs. The bridge resembles partly to the Virginia-class's short-cylinder midsection, while the aft section has a Y-wing configuration. Each of the GN-engines are modules that are connected to the ship by its wings. Combat lessons learned from previous battles encouraged engineers to spread each of the class's engines at a distance from the main body to increase survivability and efficiency in combat.
For weapons, the class's primary arms are its laser cannons: 4 at the bow, 4 at the aft, and 2 on each engine module, totaling 14 laser cannons. The class also has 2 Flak Cannons at the top midsection of the wings, each have a limited vertical angle firing solution. The rest are all rotatable particle turrets with nearly 180-spherical-degree of fire. ESF engineers evenly distributed its laser cannons throughout the ship to give it a full 360-spherical-degree fire coverage. For unexplained reasons, ESF engineers never added GN Missiles as part of its overall compliment and didn't add in an extra flak cannon to the bottom midsection of the wings.
The ship itself can be adapted with external docking clamps at the bottom engine module. The docking clamps were specially fitted to support the GNMA-Y0002V Gadelaza for long range transportation. While in battle, the Gadelaza serves as an advance attack mobile armor and the designated ship itself, along with its GN-XIVs, serves as combat support. For emergency speeds, the ship has its own Trans-Am System. Overall, the class is the fastest in speed and deployment of its time.
- Laser Cannon
- These powerful guns are mounted across the ship, and have a large firing arc and elevation angle, making them the main weapon for the Nile-class. Whether this weaponry is the same as the ones used by the Baikal-class or is an upgraded version is currently unknown.
- Flak Cannon
Special Equipment & Features
- Primarily used for long distance traveling purposes. Specific way of usage is unknown but can be speculated to be for powerful acceleration and deceleration purposes.
Battle with ELS Near Mars
It is unknown exactly how many Nile-class ships were produced by the ESF, but one was used in the ESF's first encounter with the Extraterrestrial Living-metal Shape-shifters. Vice Admiral Kim volunteered to command the advance battlefleet to intercept the ELS near Mars. For the mission to be successful, a Nile-class battlecruiser was assigned to Kim and fitted with docking clamps to transport the GNMA-Y0002V Gadelaza in hopes that they could understand the ELS's intentions. Unfortunately, the battle was short-lived. Barely several minutes into the battle, the ship was assimilated by the ELS and ultimately destroyed by Gadelaza.
Battle to Defend Earth
When the ESF create the "Absolute Defense Line", Humanity's last stand against the threat of the ELS, several more Nile-class vessels are sighted within the defense fleet. Throughout the battle the Nile-class proves its worth as vessels of the class continued to fight against the overwhelming odds that the ELS present.
50 years later - 2364 A.D.
It is currently unknown if the Nile-class ships are still in commission to serve as Flagships of the ESF Defense Force or even if the ESF created a Defense Force.
Notes & Trivia
- In official publishing, it's stated that the GNMA-Y0002V Gadelaza is larger than the CBS-74 Ptolemaios 2. The fact the Nile-class is even larger than Gadelaza suggest it is larger than any known battle cruiser built; it can also be interpreted as an error between the animation and the stated facts.
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