Clone Pilot Advanced Craft MKII and MKVII Designations and Evaluations

Wraith MKVII Specification After Action Evaluation
MKVII specification craft performed overall exceptionally. Shortcomings with long term endurance identified in graviton powerplant.
Overshield technology adapted from Jackal MKI puts excessive strain on power supply and lowers afterburner output while active.
Upgraded Assault Blaster Cannons perform within acceptable power draw limits.
Improved warheads for Scourge Graviton Flechette Rockets show promise.
Extended Mjolnir Heavy Missile magazine useful for striking against larger craft but increased volatility problematic.
Titanium Diborite chassis retrofit displays superior strength to weight ratio than previous chassis design, higher maneuverability with similar durability to previous plating.


Jackal MKII Specification After Action Evaluation
MKII Specification craft performed to higher standard than MKI specification. Shortcomings with primary weapon powerfeed from MKI specification successfully worked out.
XC-30 ‘Ripper’ Starburst Mortars modified with enhanced powerfeed couplings, markedly reduced overheat of weapons system in field operations, notably increased field stability of Starburst Mortar bolts.
Overshield System from MKI specification successfully reverse engineered to modular system for other assault series craft. Overshield System for MKII Specification enhanced with knowledge applied from Assault Damage Control technology, increasing shield resistances exponentially for brief timeframe immediately after Overshield activation. Durability and survivability of MKII specification Jackals markedly increased in the field. Powerdraw from Graviton Powerplant to support this prevents activation of Matter Injector overdrive system for twenty seconds following activation.
Matter Injector overdrive system largely unchanged and performs near identically to MKI specification.
Crystalline Carbonide armor plating yielded higher strength to weight ratio and speed than MKI specification plating.

Current outlook for wider scale production viability: Good
Cost per unit expected: 25 million per Wraith MKVII, 27 million per Jackal MKII, significantly higher than current ‘T2’ fighter designations, but markedly lower than previous advanced craft black market valuations.

Further evaluations to follow

Addendum 0.0.1 - General
Modular External Munitions Hardpoints(MEMH) fitted to Strix MKII, after having now finished further field testing in system patrol Strix, are to be fitted to all current Evo craft mark upgrades to extend mission profiles. Limited Lifetime Nanohive Units are to be installed as standard for in-field re-armament procedures during, and between engagements to extend mission endurance.

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Scarab MKII Specification After Action Evaluation
MKII Specification craft performed above target expectation but below hoped target. Existing EMS System unable to co-exist with modular Overshield upgrade adapted from Jackal MKII. Suggest future evo of chassis be split into MKII-A and MKII-B, MKII-A retaining EMS System, and MKII-B discarding EMS for Overshield. Major shortcomings identified as a ‘heavy fighter’ designation, all MKII variants of Scarab will be future relegated as dedicated support gunships and squadron defense craft.
MKII-A Variant will retain MWD system. MKII-B Variant will discard MWD for MJD system derived from old ‘Spectre’ series advanced heavy craft and more contemporary long ranged heavy craft.
High Yield ‘Void Storm’ EMP generators will remain across MKII-A and MKII-B variants.
Flak Cannon primary weapons remain viable at long range, weapons remain problematic at shortr ranges and dense combat zones. Relegate to area denial and targetted heavy fire support.
Tungsten Carbide compressed plating providing much higher durability, at cost of increased energy consumption from powerplant to stay aloft in atmospheric conditions, and lowered acceleration potential.

Current outlook for wider scale production viability: Good
Cost per unit expected, 52m per unit. Significantly higher than current T2 series fighter designations, but acceptably lower than previous advanced craft black market valuations.

Further evaluations to follow

Addendum 0.0.1 - General
Modular External Munitions Hardpoints(MEMH) fitted to Strix MKII, after having now finished further field testing in system patrol Strix, are to be fitted to all current Evo craft mark upgrades to extend mission profiles. Limited Lifetime Nanohive Units are to be installed as standard for in-field re-armament procedures during, and between engagements to extend mission endurance.

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Strix MKII After Action Evaluation and Specifications
MKII Specification craft deployed in limited volume during campaign and evacuations, but performed notably well above target expectations. MKII specification craft performed exceptionally admirably as range interception and multi-role platform.

MKI series graviton flechette racks were replaced with modular External Munitions Hardpoints for versatility across multiple mission profiles, and proved useful in rapid retooling between sorties. Most common external mount munitions currently consist of high yield ‘Ripwave’ Graviton Flechette swarm pods, a modularized and repurposed Trine-Interceptor Missile system from Yurei SS craft as a Munitions Intercept Package against Tactical Weaponry, and more exotic specialized Linear Ordinance Launchers to pair with retooled Pulse Lance armaments against hard target engagement. Talks currently underway with contacts in Khanid Kingdom over procurement of Khanid Innovations warheads to further augment swarm pod mounts.

With reliability of the part as the primary goal, the more custom tuned pulse lasers were replaced with an off-the-shelf Imperial Armaments twin-linked ‘Scorch’ Polarized Pulse Lance.

While this design is overall less custom tune-able than previous Strix craft pulse lasers, the Imperial Armaments designed weapon is more robust and reliable, and less needing of intensive servicing after recovery of the fighter to fix crystal alignment issues.

The usage of a standardized upgraded Ultraviolet Crystal lowers the replacement cost of crystals as well, while preserving or increasing performance over the base model, and outperforms most existing Pulse Lance equipped craft such as the contemporary Templar series I and Series II, and meets par standard for Ametat series II beam cannon outputs at half the cost.

Replacement of the base shield projector with the Lai Dai designed ‘Kilpi’ Shield System to better support a new ancillary shield booster rather than an internal auxiliary shield capacitor. While this offers no savings in mass over the internal system, and limits the operational time of the craft by requiring consumed charges to operate, it takes significant pressure off the internal reactor of the fighter which, even with newer core temperature and radiation regulators, otherwise could not run the more powerful Pulse Lances, Afterburner Systems, and MicroWarp capabilities of the craft in a tactical role.

Among other upgrades includes one from an unusual place, RCS Systems first pioneered on Warbarge fit Bowhead atmospheric entry packages.

Current MKII variation includes additions of Flight Interface color customization, at request of multiple pilots, this has no perceivable efficacy or purpose, but seems to have increased morale slightly, and has kept pilots Karve and Anisadora from hacking interface systems in dangerous ways to achieve similar effects.

Current outlook for wider scale production viability: Excellent
Cost per unit expected: 36 million per unit. significantly higher than all other currently projected assault craft MK upgrades, but remaining acceptably lower than original black market MKI spec valuation.

Additional Notes: due to high versatility of MKII frame, rush production has been implemented on multiple squadron force equivalent numbers for localized picket and patrol duties in system of Eugales, staging from Orbital Yard facilities over planet VI for clone pilot units.

(OOC Major thanks to @Attn_Thaddeus_Reynolds for assistance in writing and additions to this posting and specification. Particularly the ‘Pulse Lance’ upgrade featured above inspired by ideas from Amarrian warclone vehicle concepts originally tied back to dust player lore.))

Addendum 0.0.1 - Strix
New Core Temp Regulation systems pioneered during and after Triglavian Invasion allows for further robustness of systems, particularly Plasma Vent subsystem extant on MK1 series Strix. Plasma Vent system can now be overclocked significantly higher through Pulse Lance system without significant danger of overload of Graviton Reactor, but at cost of greater maintenance upkeep of weaponry.

Addendum 0.0.1 - General
Modular External Munitions Hardpoints(MEMH) fitted to Strix MKII, after having now finished further field testing in system patrol Strix, are to be fitted to all current Evo craft mark upgrades to extend mission profiles. Limited Lifetime Nanohive Units are to be installed as standard for in-field re-armament procedures during, and between engagements to extend mission endurance.

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Evaluation Updates:
Strix MKII, Jackal MkII, and Wraith MKVII Performance Against Ongoing Belligerent Actions From CONCORD DERAIL and SARO Red Troop Vessels in Eugales and wider Pegeler

Preface: It has been shown, that in most scenarios, clone pilots and their specialized advanced craft, particularly the more recent variations in ongoing development, perform at a level far and beyond most other similarly sized single, or multi-pilot craft, often reaching, and even in some limited specific cases, exceeding the efficacy to cost ratio of Capsuleer elements in similar patrol, picket, and long ranged interception roles. This in mind, recent engagements against anti-warclone specialist units such as CONCORD SARO’s Red Troop, has begun to highlight issues with immediate realized formation focuses, that have led to an unacceptable level of material, and clone pilot infomorph loss/captures.

Strix MKII: Current strike packages developed for the MKII evo of the Strix platform have proven adaptable and effective when applied appropriately, however major endurance issues identified with current tactics due to the newer ‘Kilpi’ Shield Systems and Ancillary booster forcing a limited engagement lifetime under fire before a forced disengage scenario, which SARO Red Troop have actively capitalized on with hard hitting fast firing missile systems to force off these lightweight heavy hitting assault craft. The Standardization of Scorch Polarized Pulse Lances at this time have proven effective in opening salvo retaliation, alongside Linear Ordinance Launchers, but the lack of on-field endurance beyond initial salvos has been identified as incredibly problematic. Flare and Chaff systems currently in use, in tandem with the enhanced RCS can allow for more extended endurance for skilled Strix pilots, but generally only allowing a handful of additional salvos against such massed missile fire as currently encountered in use by Red Troop hunting craft. Kill/Loss Ratios sit at 2:1 in favor of the Strix against Pacifier series covert ops due to their extended engagement ranges, however are distinctly vulnerable to Enforcer series force recons, particularly those outfitted with Rapid Light Missile systems, even if Linear Ordinance Launcher hardpoint packages have proven exceptional in applying high yield payloads on target against such. Loss ratios against Enforcer force recons currently sits at 1:4 against Strix in an optimal counter loadouts. Infomorph loss/capture rates for Strix Pilots is currently the lowest, at one in every fourteen strix pilots killed having their infomorph intercepted and captured. Tactics and current MKII configuration under review pending MKII A Revision to overcome shortfalls.

Jackal MKII: Jackal MKII craft currently maintain highest craft survival rate, while at the same time the lowest recovery of pilot infomorph to destroyed fighters, with near 94% craft survivability, but 77% loss/capture of killed pilot infomorphs. Reasons for the high loss rate of infomorphs is due to the close ranged engagement profile of the Jackal series primary armaments, placing them directly into the thick of fighting, and squarely in-range of infomorph tranfer jammers employed by Red Troop. The thick Crystalline Carbonide outer plating, and sturdy Superalloy flightframe has contributed to the high overall survivability rating, alongside the Enhanced Overshield system. XC-30 ‘Ripper’ Starburst Mortars have proven excellent workhorse weaponry against Enforcer force recons, and even the limited encounters with Marshal class battleships have been swayed by the presence of Jackals in the field, however they struggle against frigate sized targets such as the Pacifier due to their agility, even though in theory the Starburst Mortar bolts should be able to, with appropriate targeting, effectively disable such ships in a handful of salvos. Modular external hardpoints brought over from Strix MKII craft have proven useful, most often being fitted with Linear Ordinance Launchers for additional striking power against larger vessels. Tactics under review.

Wraith MKVII: Wraith series craft remain broadly effective, but display a mixed survivability and infomorph recovery records. Integration of modularized Enhanced Overshield system from Jackal series has proven ineffective in active field use on the chassis, with a 48% failure rating, though this may be due to faulting power shunt couplings discovered recently during late stage review. Craft remain largely viable, but pilot tactics require serious revision and retraining to raise survivability. MKVIIA and MKVIIB pattern revisions currently pending for future.

Additional Review: At this time, it is suggested that all future flights be fielded with Nagi series Logistics Fighters, and Medusa series Disruption Fighters, despite the difficulty and cost of acquiring base craft of both series. MKII revisions of Nagi and Medusa series craft has proven difficult, but initial sets may finally be within grasp with more funding being shunted to Design programs by the Director, and addition of consultation of Warmind Glitter Edifice, and Warmind Rose Eagle. Future pairing of flights with Command Destroyer teams also suggested, particularly Magus and Pontifex class, for better tactical mobility and additional screening elements, potential for use as infomorph recovery platforms in jammed environments under investigation.

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