The United Republic of Earth has always relied on dedicated, state-sponsored military contractors to design their warships, fighters, and weaponry. The Jovian Confederacy, however, takes a far more free-market approach. Contracts with Jovian military contractor Rangald Industries (and other contractors) for smaller ships are traditionally written so that ship designs must be produced exclusively for the Confederacy only for a set period of time (usually 5 years), and following that, the contractor has free reign to sell the ship to anyone they see fit. This arrangement tends to produce a high level of innovation, as the contractor(s) are also designing for a larger, less military market, and have the added incentive of future non-government sales.
As such, Rangald Industries has become known as one of the finest producers of civilian and paramilitary combat vessels in the system. Rangald Ind. ships are extremely durable, hard-hitting, and affordable, though they tend to suffer in the areas of electronic systems and speed. This design philosophy makes them extremely popular with mercenaries, police forces, warlords, and anyone looking to add a bit of firepower to their arsenal. Rangald Ind. ships are a common sight in station patrols and pirate raids alike.
The Skald-class gunship is one of the most popular Rangald ships, and includes some of the best features of their smallship lineup. While the Skald is only as large as a patrol boat, it can bring as much firepower to bear as most corvettes, and its armor plating can resist blows from guns all the way up the frigate caliber.
While in exclusive military service, the Skald-class was armed entirely with weapons of Confederate design. As soon as the vessel entered the private sector, however, Rangald Industries quickly scrapped that design philosophy in favor of weapon technology stolen from the UESF. It proved to be a good choice, as the Republic fleet is well known for it's exceptional railgun technology. However, Rangald opted to retain the powerful Jovian 'Rage' missile system, giving the Skald the best of both worlds when it came to weapons
--6 'Knife' 125mm military artillery cannons
--2 quad-barrel 'Scimitar' 45mm CIWS/AFS turrets
-32 tube launchers (4 batteries) for:
--64 'Rage' high-explosive missiles
-1 Emergency evacuation launches (escape pod)
-4 ships company (room for up to 8)
-Rangald Industries, through various Jovian Ship Yards
Contracts/Commonly Used By
-Contract with the Jovian Confederacy; sold to various nations and corporations
NOTE: My first ship of Jovian design (all previous ones were designed by the UESF of core-world based corporations), this one does a good job of showing off some features that are distinctively Jovian in appearance. Hope you like it!