Orion-class assault carrier

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Orion-class assault carrier
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Production information

Class:

Assault carrier[1]

Role:

  • Troop deployment and aid[1]
  • Maintaining aerospace control[1]
Technical specifications

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine

Hull:

Titanium-A battle plate[2]

Armament:

Complement:

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Affiliation:

UNSC Navy[1]

 

The Orion-class assault carrier is a class of capital ships in service with the UNSC Navy during the Insurrection and the Human-Covenant War.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Considered state-of-the-art when it was introduced, the Orion-class assault carrier incorporated the miniaturized and reconfigurable automated factories and chemical processors that were commonly found in colony support vessels, allowing the carriers to produce fuel, spare parts, and rarely even complete combat vehicles without outside assistance. As such, each Orion-class assault carrier holds a number of cargo lighters and resource gatherers to support its troops and support ships in harsh expeditionary environments.[1] Of moderate tonnage by carrier standards, the Orion outmasses the Poseidon-class light carrier but is outmassed by the Epoch-class heavy carrier.[3] These carriers also carry complements of UNSC Marines and tanks.[1]

The Orion-class assault carrier is armed with two heavy Magnetic Accelerator Cannons, which serve as the carrier's primary weapon. In addition, the assault carrier is outfitted with numerous missile batteries and point-defense guns as secondary and tertiary weaponry, respectively.[2]

Operational history[edit]

The Orion-class assault carrier was built for war against rebellious human colonies during the Insurrection. The class was conceived as a new type of carrier that could directly aid the United Nations Space Command's sustained ground operations in addition to maintaining aerospace control over contested worlds. Throughout the Insurrection, the appearance of a battle group led by an Orion-class assault carrier was seen as a symbol of the UNSC's military strength.[1]

As the Human-Covenant War began in 2525, Orion-class assault carriers commonly served as flagships, serving in numerous battles throughout the Outer Colonies in desperate defensive actions against the Covenant. The Covenant War saw the destruction of most Orion-class carriers as many of these vessels sacrificed themselves to buy time for civilians and troops to be evacuated to the Inner Colonies. The remaining vessels of the Orion class formed the core of long-range battle groups that attempted to disrupt Covenant supply lines and staging areas, with limited success.[1]

Ships of the line[edit]

Halo: Fleet Battles[edit]

UNSC Orion Assault Carrier[edit]

This element features a single Orion-class assault carrier.

  • Cost: 120 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 7 • 6 • 4
  • Build rating: 3
  • Hangars: 3
  • Boarding Craft: 4
  • Security detail: 3
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier Action (1)
    • Hard Burn (3")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (4)
    • Titanium armor (4)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MAC
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 6
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 8

UNSC Supported Orion Assault Carrier[edit]

This element includes an Orion-class assault carrier and one Paris-class heavy frigate.

  • Cost: 135 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 8 • 6 • 4
  • Build rating: 4
  • Hangars: 3
  • Boarding Craft: 4
  • Security detail: 4
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier Action (1)
    • Hard Burn (3")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (5)
    • Titanium armor (4)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MAC
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 7
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 9

UNSC Reinforced Orion Assault Carrier[edit]

This element includes an Orion-class assault carriers and two Paris-class heavy frigates.

  • Cost: 150 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 8 • 6 • 5
  • Build rating: 4
  • Hangars: 3
  • Boarding Craft: 4
  • Security detail: 5
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier Action (1)
    • Hard Burn (3")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (5)
    • Titanium armor (5)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MAC
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 8
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 10

UNSC Combat Orion Assault Carrier[edit]

This element includes an Orion-class assault carriers and three Paris-class heavy frigates.

  • Cost: 165 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 8 • 7 • 5
  • Build rating: 5
  • Hangars: 3
  • Boarding Craft: 4
  • Security detail: 6
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier Action (1)
    • Hard Burn (3")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (6)
    • Titanium armor (6)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MAC
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 9
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 11

UNSC Escorted Orion Assault Carrier[edit]

This element includes an Orion-class assault carriers and one Halberd-class destroyer.

  • Cost: 145 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 8 • 6 • 4
  • Build rating: 4
  • Hangars: 3
  • Boarding Craft: 5
  • Security detail: 4
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier Action (1)
    • Hard Burn (3")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (4)
    • Titanium armor (5)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MAC
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 10
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 9

UNSC Defended Orion Assault Carrier[edit]

This element includes an Orion-class assault carriers and two Halberd-class destroyers.

  • Cost: 160 points
  • Movement: 6"
  • Damage Track: 8 • 6 • 5
  • Build rating: 4
  • Hangars: 3
  • Boarding Craft: 5
  • Security detail: 5
  • System loadouts:
    • Carrier Action (1)
    • Hard Burn (3")
    • Missile barrage
    • Point defense (4)
    • Titanium armor (5)
  • Primary weapon: Heavy MAC
    • Range: 16/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: MAC (2)
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 12
  • Secondary Weapon: Missile batteries
    • Range: 12/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles
    • Firing arc: Forward or Port+Starboard
    • Dice: 10

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Armory Amore
  2. ^ a b c d e Halo: Fleet Battles
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - In the Loop
  4. ^ Stephen Loftus on the Autumn class' talk page