VTOL Carrier and Infantry Transport Airship
The Notus class military airship is used on planet Strata and intended to serve as a mobile headquarters and MASH unit for the squadrons of VTOL units and the infantry platoons it carries. Using combat VTOLs and Exocoetidae Transport VTOL the Notus airship can launch surprise raids while using the fog of the lowlands to remain concealed.
In addition to the defence platoon and transport VTOLs a Notus class military airship carries two full companies (three platoons to a company) of infantry and two squadrons of combat VTOLs (6 vehicles to a squadron).
Engine: Fusion, MP 2/3
Vessel, 9 crew 2 officers.
Gunners, 4 gunners, 1 officer.
Medical, 20 medical staff, 1 chief medical officer
Security Team, 1 platoon (28 men) of LRM infantry(1).
Away Team, 6 platoons (28 men each) of infantry(2).
Combat VTOL Bay Personnel.
Transport VTOL Bay Personnel.
Armour: BAR6 Armour (132 Points)
Offensive Armament: 4x LRM10 (2ton ammunition each) located fore, aft, port, starboard.
Defensive Armament: ECM Suite, AMS (2ton of ammunition).
Communication Equipment (3 ton)
MASH (4 theatres)
7x Infantry Bay (One for the Security Team, six for the Away Team)
4x Light Vehicle (Transport VTOL) Bays
12x Light Vehicle (Combat VTOL) Bays
10x Standard Quarters (All assigned to medical staff)
50x Steerage Quarters
6x Arresting Hoists
4x Lift Hoists
50x Lifeboats (capacity 7 each, total 350)
Remaining Cargo (internal) 55t
Carrying Capacity: Up to 250t cargo (external, by lift hoist) before speed is reduced, up to 800t total of additional (external) cargo.
Devoting cargo allotment to additional armour or heavier armour is a very common modification.
Replacing up to two of the Exocoetidae Beta (or Gamma) Variant Transport VTOL with combat VTOL for dedicated airship defence is an option, however most Notus commanders prefer to request air support from the existing two squadrons of VTOLs instead, as the situation requires.
Notus airships adapted for jump infantry types are standard. This requires use of the Exocoetidae Gamma Variant Transport VTOL. These airships allocate six additional ton to upgrade the six ‘away team’ infantry bays to cater to jump infantry. Motorised and Mechanised infantry have their own (ground) transport and are less suited to operation from a Notus airship.
The armour and armament of Notus class airships is deliberately kept light to deter airship commanders from committing the vessel to combat.
The primary operational doctrine is for each company to be assigned one air support squadron, and infantry air transport, with the airship attempting to remain concealed.
1) The security platoon provides LRM fire to augment the airships defences and are equipped with standard weapons to provide security verses boarding actions.
2) The choice of infantry type will depend upon mission parameters but additional LRM infantry are strongly preferred. LRM infantry can augment the airships defences if needed, and can better use lowlands fog for cover and concealment due to the range of their support weapons, compared to SRMs or machine guns.