These are the Alliance Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ships. I took that name quite literally (haha lol, see what I did there?) and made two light, stealthy combat ships.
About this creation
Both of these vessels can cruise over 40 knots and can practically turn on a dime by ship standards.
They are armed to the teeth and can go toe-to-toe with many light destroyers.
They also have been painted in a radar absorbant material to reduce radar signature and ease of detection.
This is the first of two new LCSs. This is the Pegasus class tri-hull model. By itself, it isn’t much of a combat ship. It’s true strength comes from having a small fleet of helicopters below decks that come up an elevator in the hangar and then take off on the rear helipad.
On the bow it has two 3” naval cannons. These are very similar to the cannons used on US Navy destroyers and are thus deemed sufficient.
Here is a good view of the trimaran hull. If anyone wants to replicate this, the file is available below.
This is the main bridge. Not much going on here except the radar dome. The bridge is located above the main internal hangar that houses the elevator.
This is the first ship I have large enough in scale to fit a facsimile helicopter. That helipad is the exact same size as the ones on the Legion class lander and the Legacy class supercarrier. You can also see a single stern cannon that completes the firing circle to remove all blind spots.
This is the weather-protected hangar. The door only ever needs to be open long enough to tow the chopper out onto the helipad. There is another to-scale facsimile helicopter in there.
This is the Rainmaker class missile LCS. It does not use the trimaran hull or have a helipad to give it a lower profile. The ship is even harder to detect than the Pegasus. The Rainmaker is designed more for brawling and has a significant weapons upgrade.
The bow holds a third 3” cannon giving it more forward firepower than its sister ship. 16 of the ship’s 44 missiles are here.
The bow is single hull and sits low. Not much to see here.
The stern houses the remaining 28 missiles as well as three more 3” cannons and two torpedo rails. They can launch up to a 10” diameter 1 ton torpedo. They swivel and fire almost like a crossbow, using a spring system similar to a carrier catapult to launch the torps.