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Approved Starship DSB-70 "Thrall" Drone Bombers

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  • Intent: Create open-market swarm bombers
  • Image Source: Deviantart
  • Canon Link: N/A
  • Permissions: I own Treatech >: )
  • Primary Source: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Treatech
  • Affiliation: Treatech Holdings
  • Market Status: Open-Market
  • Model: DSB-70 "Thrall" Drone Bombers
  • Production: Mass-Produced
  • Material:
    • Durasteel Skeleton and Structuring
    • Plasteel-Kelakite Armor Plating
    • Glasteel viewports/windowing
  • Classification: Drone Bomber
  • Length: 6m
  • Width: 5m
  • Height: 2m
  • Armament: Low (None with SLAM)
  • Defenses: Low
  • Squadron Count: Very High | 22
  • Maneuverability Rating: Average
  • Speed Rating: Average (Very High with SLAM)
  • Hyperdrive: N/A
  • Cheap
    • Easy and inexpensive to produce, Thrall bombers can be fielded on a mass scale with relatively little investment cost. Furthermore, without a pilot required to man the fighter, one does not need to spend the money or time replacing dead pilots
  • Operation Options
    • Entire squadrons of Thrall fighters can be controlled by sufficiently advanced droid-brains. A single BM-18B "Dominus" Droid Brain installed on a single ship in a wing can operate the entire group. Furthermore, either entire squadrons or individual ships can be controlled remotely by pilots (or droids!), each bringing their own benefits.
  • En Masse
    • Each Thrall fighter carries a single proton rocket, which has more destructive output than traditional proton torpedoes. A single squadron of Thrall fighters breaking through with their payloads can threaten even the largest capital ships
  • Hit and Run
    • SLAM systems allow Thrall bombers to rapidly close distance between them and a target, deploy their bombs, and quickly get out of danger to re-arm
  • Hanger Locked
    • Too small to fit anything other than custom made hyperdrive, the DSB-70 relies on external methods to travel through hyperspace
  • Lepidoptera
    • Small and fragile, Thrall bombers tend to incur high casualty rates due to their angled shields and weak armor. They are vulnerable to fighter swarms that that can get behind them and fire on their exposed rear. Thrall bombers rely on speed, surprise, and numbers to get to their targets.
  • Firing Arc
    • The single weapon Thrall bombers carry is a Pulsed Beam Cannon, which fulfills both anti-ship and point defense roles. It's firing arc is limited due to its placement on the nose, meaning the DSB-70 has no defenses against a missile approaching from the rear
  • Power Over All Else
    • Proton Rockets, while containing a more powerful payload than proton torpedoes, are bigger, slower, and have worse tracking.
    • The SLAM system will greatly increase the sublight speed of Thrall bombers, but will deactivate their weapon systems.

A cheap bomber in terms of production value and in terms of the cost of fielding it, the DSB-70 retains a powerful payload all things considered. Using their numbers as an advantage, these zippy little drones are deceptively dangerous, as they're able to rush through defensive systems with their front-angled shields. Of course this means that the trip back to the carrier is rather dangerous, as there is little to no protection provided for the back of the ship, but who cares about that. Losing a wing of Thrall bombers after they disable a capital ship is well worth the cost anyways.
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