BIF-67-ST Ninja-To Stealth Starfighter (CAF/Bushido Industries):


As might be expected, the "Ninja-to" starfighter is a stealth fighter, being that it is named after an Assassins weapons. The Oni, just like the Japanese, have a sword known as the Ninja-To used by assassins known as Ninjas. The Ninja-To was the primary sword of the Ninja just as the Katana was the primary sword of the Samurai. In many cases, Ninja-To were just cut down Samurai blades.


The Ninja-To starfighter is simply a modified Katana starfighter and has virtually identical performance. It mounts the same shields, weaponry, and drives as the Katana. The Katana is an incredibly maneuverable and dangerous fighter even without the stealth features of the Ninja-To and the Consortium operates large numbers in addition to the Black Eagle. A fair number of pilots consider it superior to the Black Eagle. The Ninja-To fighter simply adds a Phase Field generator. Bushido Industries cannot manufacture the generator but instead simply buys them from Phase World and installs them in the Ninja-To.


Even though more expensive than a standard Katana starfighter, the Ninja-To is still far less expensive than the Star Ghost. Bushido Industries own forces operate the vast majority of these fighters. A handful have been purchased by the Consortium Armed Forces for testing and potentially intelligence missions. A few private operators and small mercenary groups have bought these fighters as well. All have rated these fighters quite highly. Bushido will sell these fighters to almost anybody.


Bushido Industries has most recently had a large amount of problem with raiding on their shipping. There is speculation inside the company that this is not common piracy but in fact is sponsored by rivals of the company. The company forces have been using these stealth fighters to ambush pirates and attempting to find out who might be behind them.


The special phase field generator takes the place of the fighters utility closet and leaves the pilot with only a very tiny compartment for personal equipment. The fighter does not have a phase jump system and only has the phase field generator. The generator is capable of both a protective field or rendering the ship insubstantial. Special attention was spent so that the shields of the fighter can still be operated on the fighter but cannot be operated at the same time the ship is operating the Phase Field generator.

Because the fighter is virtually a Katana starfighter, the fighter may use the Contra-Grav B-FTL-01X faster than Light pack designed for the Katana. Even though the pack is still experimental, there has been some proposals to outfit all Ninja-to fighter with the control computers for the faster than light pack. So far, this has not been done. Using the faster than light pack in conjunction with the phase field makes the fighter any incredible scout element.


As stated, the Ninja-To fighter is otherwise identical to the standard Katana starfighter. This makes logistics generally quite easy because it uses the same parts as the much more common fighter. With the Ninja-To, a new weapon pod was introduced. This is the Phase Cannon pod. This pod is most commonly carried on the Ninja-To but can be carried on other Bushido fighters


This fighter uses modified starship speeds and weapon ranges. See Revised Starship Rules for Phase World for more details.

(Note: The power system is fusion not anti-matter because the author's opinion is that anti-matter is to dangerous to be used in vehicles that may be used in an atmosphere. If a starship powered by anti-matter was to detonate in an atmosphere it would cause huge planetary damage. At GM option, this can also be applied to all starfighters or this fighter can be changed to anti-matter.)


Model Type: BIF-67-ST

Vehicle Type: Stealth Fighter

Crew: One.


M.D.C. By Location:

Weapon Pods (2, Underside):30 each
Missile Pylons (4, on the Underside):10 each
[1] Main Body:600
Cockpit:250
[2] Variable Force Field:300 per side (1,800 total)

Notes:

[1] Depleting the M.D.C. of the main body will put the fighter out of commission. All internal systems will shut down, including life support and internal gravity. The ship itself will be an unsalvageable floating wreck.

[2] Shields positions can be varied and all could be combined in one shield. Shields regenerate at the rate of 5% (90 M.D.C.) per melee round.


Speed:

Driving on the Ground: Not Possible.

Sublight: Has a special sublight engine that allows the ship to travel up to 40 percent of the speed of light. Fighter can accelerate/decelerate at the rate of 1.4 percent of light per melee. If the fighter is carrying the F.T.L. booster, the fighters acceleration is reduce as per the booster (maximum of 1.2 percent of light per turn.)

Atmospheric Propulsion: Maximum normal speed is Mach 8 (5931.6 mph / 9546 kph), fighter can enter and leave an atmosphere because flight system is by contra grav. While not covered under the original description, both the Ninja-to and the Katana have a reduced to speed if fully loaded, reduce maximum speed to Mach 7 (5,190.2 mph/ 8,352.8 kph) in an atmosphere. If the fighter is carrying the F.T.L. booster, the fighters top atmospheric is reduce as per the booster - maximum speed is Mach 7 (5,190.2 mph/ 8,352.8 kph) in an atmosphere.

Stardrive: Only when carrying external Contra-Grav FTL flight system (See Writeup for details.)

Maximum Range: Effectively Unlimited by drive system but only has supplies for pilot for three weeks.


Statistical Data:

Length: 50 feet (15.2 meters).

Height: 12 feet (3.65 meters).

Width: 40 feet (12.2 meters).

Weight: 15 tons (13.6 metric tons)

Power System: Main power System: Advanced Fusion with 30 year life span. Phase Power System: All special phase abilities of the ship are powered by a phase-field generator that has 200 "charges." When all these charges are spent (each use of a phase-field power uses up one charge), the generator needs one hour to regenerate power. Until it is fully recharged, no further special powers will be possible.

Cargo: Minimal Storage Space, place for a rifle, handgun, small survival kit, signal flares, and food rations.

Market Cost: 165 million credits (Compared to 65 million credits for the Katana.) Most weapon pods cost between 5 and 10 million credits each but the phase cannon pod costs 16 million credits.


WEAPON SYSTEMS:

  1. One (1) Particle Beam Cannon: Not surprisingly, this cannon is identical to the cannon that is carried in Katana fighter and while the cannon does not do as great a damage as some of the rail guns on other fighters does still inflict impressive damage. Like the Katana fighter, the cannon is protected by the ships hull and is not considered destroyed until the fighters main body is destroyed. The weaknesses of this cannon is largely compensated for by the use of weapon pods.
  2. Maximum Effective Range: 4 miles (6.4 km) through atmosphere and 200 miles (321.8 km) in space.

    Mega-Damage: 2D6x10 per blast

    Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the Pilot (usually 4 or 5).

    Payload: Effectively Unlimited

  3. Two (2) Weapon Pods: The fighter can carry two special purpose weapon pods. They are identical to those carried by the Katana starfighter and are attached centerline on the underside of the Tanto. Like the pods on the Katana, the pods can be changed or interchanged within 10 minutes by a capable service crew that is familiar with the fighter. Crews that are not familiar with Bushido Industries designs may require an additional 2D4 minutes.
    1. Anti-Starfighter Weapon Pod: This pod combines a medium range missile launcher and a powerful gravity rail gun. Along with Fighters, It is also useful for use against Robots and Power Armors. The rail gun is very powerful but is short ranged. Projectiles are fired from the gravity rail guns at a significant fraction of the speed of light. Medium Range Missiles have a top speed of Mach 15 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 6% of light per turn. Normally used for anti-fighter and point defense. Medium range missiles can be launched on multiple targets simultaneously.
    2. Maximum Effective Range: Gravity Rail Gun: 2 miles (3.2 km) through an atmosphere and 100 miles (161 km) in space. Medium Range Missiles: 160 miles (257.5 km) in an atmosphere and 80,000 miles (128,750 km/0.43 light seconds) in space.

      Mega-Damage: Gravity Rail Gun: 3D6x10 per 40 round burst. Medium Range Missiles: Varies with medium range missile type (See revised Phase World missile tables for details.)

      Rate of Fire: Gravity Rail Gun: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the Pilot (usually 4 or 5). Medium Range Missiles: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), three (3), or four (4) missiles.

      Payload: Gravity Rail Gun: 8,000 rounds (200 bursts). Medium Range Missiles: Sixteen (16) medium range missiles.

    3. Cruise Missile and Laser Pod: A mount that carries two cruise missiles and a light laser to backup the internal particle beam. Cruise Missiles have a top speed of Mach 25 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 10% of light per turn (far faster than any starship.) Cruise missiles can be launched on multiple targets simultaneously. Cruise missiles have minuses to hit small targets but are all considered smart missiles. Whether weapons can be shot down is calculated from the speed of target, launcher, and missile. When drive goes dead, missile will continue to travel in a straight line unless set to self destruct but has very low odds of hitting starships (Great for hitting bases and planets because target does not move and missile when dead at -25% to detect.)
    4. Maximum Effective Range: Cruise Missiles: Range is 8,000 miles (12,875 km) in an atmosphere and 4,000,000 miles (6,437,376 km/ 21.5 light seconds) in space. Light Laser: 1 miles (1.6 km) through an atmosphere and 100 miles (161 km) in space.

      Mega-Damage: Cruise Missiles: See revised Phase World missile tables for details (Anti-Matter multi-warheads inflict 5D6x100 M.D.C. each.) Light Laser: 6D6 per blast.

      Rate of Fire: Cruise Missiles: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2). Light Laser: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the Pilot (usually 4 or 5).

      Payload: Cruise Missiles: Two (2) Cruise Missiles. Light Laser: Effectively Unlimited

    5. Mini-Missile Pod: This is a pack of mini missiles that can be used against ground targets, infantry, and against starships. Missile has a top speed of Mach 10 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 2% of light per turn (slightly faster than any starship except if it is exceeding it maximum safe acceleration). Mini-Missile is phase world are normally guided.
    6. Maximum Effective Range: Missile range is 2 miles (3.2 km) in an atmosphere and 100 miles (161 km) in space.

      Mega-Damage: Varies with mini-missile type (See revised Phase World missile tables for details.)

      Rate of Fire:Can fire mini-missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), four (4), eight (8), or twelve (12) missiles.

      Payload: Forty-Eight (48) mini-missiles.

    7. Plasma Ejector Pod: A very heavy weapon that fired superheated plasma. Very destructive weapon but limited in rate of fire and short ranged. The Ejector Pod is capable against tanks, Giant robots, and large starships.

      Maximum Effective Range: 25 miles (40 km) in space and 1,200 feet (326 m) in an atmosphere.

    8. Mega-Damage: 1D4x100 M.D. per cannon.

      Rate of Fire: Twice per melee each (each shot counts as two melee attacks, even when linked together).

      Payload: Effectively Unlimited.

    9. Phase Cannon Pod: The weapon is designed to take out the Crew of target ship without damaging the target ship. Does no damage to inanimate objects (such as other fighters) but damages personnel and does do damage to force fields. Identical to weapon in star ghost starfighter.
    10. Maximum Effective Range: 300 miles (480 km) in space. 3 miles (4.8 km) in an atmosphere.

      Mega Damage: 3D6 to all living targets in a 30 ft (9.1 m) diameter around blast point or 1D6x10 to force fields and creatures 10 feet (3.0 m) or larger. The damage is S.D.C. to S.D.C. targets and M.D.C. to M.D.C. targets.

      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the Pilot (usually 4 or 5).

      Payload: Effectively Unlimited.

  4. Four (4) Missile Pylons: On the underbelly of the fighter are four missile racks that allows the fighter to carry one cruise missile, two long range missiles, or four medium range missiles each. Individual pylons must carry all the same type ordnance but each pylon may carry different types of ordnance. Cruise missile are normally carried when on an anti-capital ship role and long and medium range missiles when fighting other starfighters. Cruise Missiles have a top speed of Mach 25 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 10% of light per turn (far faster than any starship.) Long Range Missiles have a top speed of Mach 20 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 8% of light per turn (faster than any starship). Medium Range Missiles have a top speed of Mach 15 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 6% of light per turn. Whether weapons can be shot down is calculated from the speed of target, launcher, and missile. When drive goes dead, missile will continue to travel in a straight line unless set to self destruct but has very low odds of hitting starships (Great for hitting bases and planets because target does not move and missile when dead at -25% to detect.) Cruise missiles have minuses to hit small targets but are all considered smart missiles. Missiles can be launched on multiple targets simultaneously.
  5. Maximum Effective Range: Cruise Missile range is 8,000 miles (12,875 km) in an atmosphere and 4,000,000 miles (6,437,376 km/ 21.5 light seconds) in space, Long Range Missile range is 3,400 miles (5,470 km) in an atmosphere and 1,800,000 miles (2,897,000 km/9.7 light seconds) in space, and Medium Range Missile range is 160 miles (257.5 km) in an atmosphere and 80,000 miles (128,750 km/0.43 light seconds) in space.

    Mega-Damage & Properties: See revised Phase World missile tables for details (Cruise Anti-Matter multi-warheads inflict 5D6x100 M.D.C. and Long Range Fusion warheads inflict 2D4x100 M.D.C. each.)

    Rate of Fire: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), three (3), or four (4) missiles.

    Payload: One (1) Cruise Missile, Two (2) Long Range Missiles, or Four (4) Medium Range Missiles per Pylon.

  6. Phase Fields: The ship can generate two different protective phase fields. The first is a deflector shield that disperses incoming energy attacks, bullets, rail gun rounds, and explosions. When system is active, damage from incoming attack is divided by 10 (With the exception of magics, psionics, and other phase weaponry - These do full damage). When phase field is active, only laser cannons systems can be used. The phase cannons are not operational and the fire control for the missiles are disrupted. Second field is "Ghost Mode", an Out of Phase field that renders ship insubstantial and immune to all non magical attacks and energy. Ship is removed from normal three- dimensional space. Ship can observe things in the three dimensional world but is completely undetectable by normal means including the "See the Invisible" spell and most sensors (it is not invisible to Prometheans and phase technology). Ships speed is reduced to 25% of ships speeds and accelerations when in this mode but it can move in any direction including up and down and is not impeded by normal barriers. Ship can be stopped by Phase Fields, Force Fields, and Magical Fields and cannot resolidify inside other ships or solid objects. No weapons can be fired either while ship is out of phase.

  7. Duration: Deflector Fields: Eight minutes per charge. Ghost Mode: One minute per charge.

    Payload: 200 "Charges" Each activation consumes one "charge" from phase-field generator in the ship (see Power System, above). Activating either field counts as one melee action/attack. Activating a field can be used as a dodge to avoid incoming attacks. Only one field can be activated at one time and not both simultaneously. They cannot be activate at the same time as the ships conventional force field as well.

  8. Special Bonuses: Like the Katana starfighter, this fighter is extremely maneuverable; add +5% to the pilots piloting skill, +1 to strike, +2 to dodge energy and projectile fire, and +3 to dodge missiles, obstacles, and stellar debris. The fighter also have a very advanced terrain following system. All bonuses are in addition to pilots bonuses (Hand to hand and Starfighter Pilot: Basic or Elite).



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