Used exclusively by the numbered fleets, the IGSN regards them as the “last argument” against any member of the military nobility that might think about rebellion. In addition, the class is needed for the sheer power and ability to deal with capital ship threats. During the Horizon War, the class dealt with it’s Equestrian counterparts, revealing that they were slightly under-gunned for their size, relying more upon volume of fire versus sheer power.
A few new classes are being proposed by the IGSN Bureau of Shipbuilding, and they may soon see deployment by the IGSN.
Black Talon-class Battleship
At 60,000 tons and 320 meters long, the Black Talon is the core of many of the numbered naval squadrons, and it is the smallest ship to carry a stellar converter in IGSN service. In addition, the class mounts six 12cm buster launchers in the bow, eight 10 cm buster launchers in four groups of two, and six of the huge Anaconda-class missile launch cells. The class carries enough missiles to fire six salvoes of five Anaconda-class missiles, giving it a deadly long-ranged punch against anything lighter than a capital ship. The class also carries as standard a full IGSM battalion.
The class served well through the Marathon War, and the only changes proposed in the class is mounting heavier point defense stations to deal with the heavier plasma torpedoes being built into Equestrian capital warships.
Kestrel-class Fast Battleship
Built exclusively for the numbered fleets, this 62,000 ton and 320 meter long ship is built for the role of hunting down and destroying battlecruisers. To this end, the Kestrel-class carries a stellar converter, six 12cm buster launchers in the bow, eight 10 cm buster launchers in four groups of two, and eight extended launch cells for Sidewinder-class anti-ship missiles. The choices of the lighter missiles versus the larger Anaconda was based around the need of the class to engage smaller ships and the ability to carry many more missiles (the Kestrel can carry ten salvoes of six missiles each) than the sheer slam power of the larger missile. Having the same acceleration as most other navies battle-cruisers, the class is difficult to escape from and hard to defeat by anything short of another fast battleship.
During the Horizon War, Kestral-class ships operated in “hunting packs” of four ships, backed up by cruiser support, to engage the RESF Princess Luna-class fast battleships. Serving well through the Horizon War, the class is seeing a new production run with only minor changes to the design.
Rookery-class Squadron Drone Tender
Built on the hulls of Kestral-class fast battleships, the Rookery SDT sacrifices the broadside buster launchers and missile launchers to carry twenty-four Spur-class ACVs and twelve Valkyrie-class heavy ACVs. In combat, the class serves as a counter for hostile ACVs, in addition to carrying out strike missions against light warships using Valkyrie-class ACVs to fire missile salvoes. The class also carries a full IGSM battalion.
Massing at 87,000 tons and 360 meters long, the Throne-class dreadnought was the hammer of the numbered fleets, heavily armed and armored. Besides mounting a stellar convertor, the Throne-class carries eight 14 cm buster launchers in the bow, twelve 12cm buster launchers in four groups of three, and six launch cells for Anaconda-class missiles. Armored much more heavily than the Equestrian Princess Celestia-class and the Minotaur Taurus-class, the class lacks some of the agility of the Equestrian warships it would face off against. However, the sheer strength of the hull was more than enough to engage most threats. Like all other IGSN warships of its size, the Throne carries a full IGSM battalion.
The class served well through the Horizon War, but several issues with the design and it’s relatively light buster launcher array has resulted in fleet design proposals for a new dreadnought class that would mount bow-mounted 16cm buster launchers and more launch cells for missiles.
Crown-class Super Dreadnought
At 100,000 tons and 390 meters long, the Crown-class is the ship class of the IGSN, and is regarded by the numbered fleets as the core of their formations. Mounting a stellar convertor, six 16cm buster launchers in the bow, sixteen 14cm buster launchers in four groups of four, and eight launch cells for Anaconda-class missiles, the Crown is a pure warship design. The class incorporates heavy armor and shields, with an average amount of point defense against enemy seeking weapons. The ship also carries full flag facilities and a full IGSM battalion.
The class only fought in one battle of the war, facing off against Equestrian Queen Majesty-class ships. The design’s problems in extended combat once the missiles are gone were shown and a proposal for a new class of super dreadnought (the Scepter-class) would mount much heavier buster launchers and extended launch cells for the Anaconda-class missiles.