RCS-class armored cruiser

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RCS-class armored cruiser
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Production information

Class:

Cruiser

Role:

Patrol, occupation[1]

Technical specifications

Length:

2,000 meters (6,562 feet)[2]

Width:

1,000 meters (3,281 feet)[2]

Height:

296 meters (970 feet)[3]

Engine(s):

Repulsor engines

Slipspace drive:

Equipped

Other system(s):

Hull:

Nanolaminate hull plating

  • Equipped with energy shields

Armament:

Complement:

Type-31 Seraphs

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Affiliation:

Covenant
Jul 'Mdama's Covenant

 

The RCS-class armored cruiser is a Covenant capital warship classification.[2]

Specifications[edit]

The RCS-class armored cruiser was first commissioned when Covenant energy shielding technology was far more limited. An older class of cruiser, the class lacked both the firepower and robustness of the later CCS-class battlecruiser.[1] The armored cruiser's primary roles are patrol and planetary occupation. Measuring 2,000 meters long, 1,000 meters wide, and 296 meters tall, it is the second-largest known cruiser of the former Covenant fleet, overshadowed only by the ORS-class heavy cruiser. Armed with plasma torpedo turrets, pulse laser point-defense cannons, and a ventral energy projector, it is also outfitted with a stasis enfolder system;[2] this technology is presumably a much larger version of the stasis cannon used by the Type-29 Vampire.[4]

The "R", or Reverence, in the cruiser's three-letter classification code, "RCS", indicates that the cruiser is capable of conducting reconnaissance missions and is capable of excavating Forerunner artifacts. The "S", or Salvation, denotes that the RCS-class armored cruiser is a dedicated warship capable of destroying its opponents with an energy projector.[5]

Operational history[edit]

RCS-class armored cruisers served in the Covenant's fleet for centuries as the empire's primary "missionary and compliance" warship, having allegedly been in service when humanity was just making its first long-distance ocean voyages. However, the class was eventually supplanted by the more refined CCS-class battlecruiser. Many cruisers of the RCS class were broken down into feedstock for High Charity's Assembly Forges, being reformed and remade into new ships, vehicles, and armor to equip the Covenant military. The remaining vessels of this class were left as reserve vessels in the fleets of important Covenant colonies or transferred to distant reserve fleets to take on various utilitarian roles.[6]

The RCS's use during the Human-Covenant War was largely overshadowed by the CCS-class battlecruiser, the mainstay of the fleet.[3] At the dawn of the Great Schism, many armored cruisers played an important role in many remnant factions of the Covenant Empire.[1] Following the end of the war, many surviving battlecruisers were commandeered by Kig-Yar scavengers or independent Sangheili factions. As a result, the RCS-class armored cruiser took on a more predominant role in Jul 'Mdama's Covenant.[3] Several RCS-class cruisers were assigned to Jul 'Mdama's fleet occupying Requiem in February 2558, escorted by a much larger number of comparatively diminutive CRS-class light cruisers.[3] One was destroyed when the UNSC Infinity emerged from slipspace and rammed it. Another fled the shield world after 'Mdama set the planet on a collision course with the local star.[7]

Halo: Fleet Battles[edit]

Covenant RCS Battlecruiser[edit]

This element includes a single RCS-class battlecruiser.

  • Cost: 120 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage Track: 9 • 8 • 4
  • Build rating: 2
  • Hangers: 2
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security detail: 5
  • System loadouts:
    • Defense array (2)
    • Glide (3")
    • Point defense (4)
  • Primary weapon: Plasma lance
    • Range: 18/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 10
  • Secondary Weapon: Plasma cannon arrays
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 8

Covenant Supported RCS Battlecruiser[edit]

This element includes an RCS-class battlecruiser and one SDV-class heavy corvette.

  • Cost: 140 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage Track: 9 • 8 • 5
  • Build rating: 3
  • Hangers: 3
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security detail: 6
  • System loadouts:
    • Defense array (3)
    • Glide (3")
    • Point defense (5)
  • Primary weapon: Plasma lance
    • Range: 18/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 10
  • Secondary Weapon: Plasma cannon arrays
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 9
  • Additional secondary weapon: Plasma torpedos
    • Range: 10/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles/Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 5

Covenant Reinforced RCS Battlecruiser[edit]

This element includes an RCS-class battlecruiser and two SDV-class heavy corvettes.

  • Cost: 160 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage: 9 • 8 • 6
  • Build Rating: 4
  • Hangars: 4
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security Detail: 6
  • System loadouts:
    • Defense array (4)
    • Glide (3")
    • Point defense (6)
  • Primary weapon: Plasma lance
    • Range: 18/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 10
  • Secondary Weapon: Plasma cannon arrays
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 10
  • Additional secondary weapon: plasma torpedos
    • Range: 10/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles/Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 7

Covenant Escorted RCS Battlecruiser[edit]

This element includes an RCS-class battlecruiser and one ADP-class escort.

  • Cost: 140 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage: 9 • 8 • 5
  • Build Rating: 3
  • Hangars: 2
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security Detail: 6
  • System loadouts:
    • Defense array (3)
    • Glide (3")
    • Point defense (6)
  • Primary weapon: Plasma lance
    • Range: 18/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 10
  • Secondary Weapon: Plasma cannon arrays
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 8
  • Additional secondary weapon: plasma torpedos
    • Range: 10/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles/Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 5

Covenant Defended RCS Battlecruiser[edit]

This element includes an RCS-class battlecruiser and two ADP-class escorts.

  • Cost: 160 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage: 9 • 8 • 6
  • Build Rating: 3
  • Hangars: 2
  • Boarding Craft: 3
  • Security Detail: 6
  • System loadouts:
    • Cloaking system
    • Defense array (3)
    • Glide (3")
    • Point defense (6)
  • Primary weapon: Plasma lance
    • Range: 18/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 10
  • Secondary Weapon: Plasma cannon arrays
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 8
  • Additional secondary weapon: plasma torpedos
    • Range: 10/24"
    • Weapon loadouts: Missiles/Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward
    • Dice: 7

Covenant Paired RCS Battlecruisers[edit]

This element includes two RCS-class battlecruisers.

  • Cost: 220 points
  • Movement: 7"
  • Damage: 12 • 9 • 7
  • Build Rating: 6
  • Hangars: 4
  • Boarding Craft: 5
  • Security Detail: 8
  • System loadouts:
    • Defense array (5)
    • Glide (3")
    • Point defense (7)
  • Primary weapon: Plasma lance
    • Range: 18/32"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 16
  • Secondary Weapon: Plasma cannon arrays
    • Range: 10/20"
    • Weapon loadouts: Plasma
    • Firing arc: Forward/Port/Starboard
    • Dice: 15

Trivia[edit]

Armored cruisers were a warship classification used by European, American and Japanese navies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries that featured superior armor to their predecessors. Armored cruisers became obsolete with the introduction of better armed and faster battlecruisers in 1908, and smaller but just as well-armored light cruisers, though they would serve during World War I, with some surviving to serve in World War II. The history of the Covenant ship parallels the history of the real-life human class, being supplanted by the more advanced CCS-class battlecruiser.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Halo Waypoint: Covenant Cruiser
  2. ^ a b c d Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 41
  3. ^ a b c d e Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide
  4. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 200
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder: Have S'moa
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Armory Amore
  7. ^ Halo 4, Spartan Ops