While some other craft are designed with a multi-purpose mission, the Eikan is focused on space warfare; all priorities are second to actual damage output and capacity. Eikan Heavy Cruisers also include a number of countermeasures to overcome enemy technologies designed to work against the Star Army equipment.
The Super Eikan specializes in starship combat and large-scale fleet warfare. It is also equipped to serve as a command vessel for small to mid-size squadrons.
The Eikan-Class Heavy Cruiser has a jagged arrowhead shape and a sloped central section. Hull color is the standard Star Army light blue-gray with some dark gray accents. It has two dorsal “pyramids” like the Sharie-class Battleship. It has a large main sublight engine clusters with three smaller engines on either side. The engines glow a bright teal color.
Development of the C11 Cruiser began under Taisho Ketsurui Yui in YE 30 as a response to delays and issues with the C10 Cruiser Project (which was eventually canceled). The Star Army's main cruiser, the YE 24 Ayame-class Cruiser, was growing old and Yui's desire for a new battleship, cruiser, and carrier was growing increasingly. The C11 was originally conceived as a small battleship, but was downgraded to a cruiser as the Sharie-class Battleship finally began growing closer to fruition.
A redesign began in YE 32 with a goal of completing the redesign by the end of the year. It had the following requirements:
The “Super” Eikan design was highly successful. First introduced in spring YE 33, the Super Eikan has become sought after by fleet admirals. By the end of YE 33 ships of this class had been produced in large numbers and were the backbone of the Star Army of Yamatai fleets.
Comparison with a Sharie-class Battleship:
The Super Eikan is designated as a “Category 1” starship (standard warships) by the Star Army of Yamatai and has the following travel capabilities:
See Damage Rating for an explanation of the damage system.
The Eikan has an interior that is typical of the Star Army of Yamatai and uses standardized compartment designs.
The key substance that makes up the .5-meter-thick hull of the ship is Yamataium. The frame of the ship is Yamataium, while armor plates are made of Yamataium-coated Zesuaium. A Xiulurium coating has also been added to counter aether-detecting sensors and anti-aether devices. All interior passageways and rooms are protected from scalar fields by the internal gravity systems.
The Eikan has an excellent Combined Field System that can generate an Anti-FTL Field with a 2.5 au radius. The Eikan's CFS field generators are designed to mask the ship's movement and minimize the ship's effect on surrounding space. A “silent running” mode is also available, similar to the one first used on the Yuuko-class Gunboat.
The Plumeria contains all Standard Stararmy Emergency Systems.
Ke-S3-X2900 escape pods are located on decks 3 and 4, and at various other locations on the ship.
The Eikan includes one Soul Savior Pod.
The ship has a very thorough recycling system, tied into a Hemosynthetic Conduit System, which breaks down anything classified into “waste” into its atomic components. The air recycling system (which is segmented and highly monitored for security reasons) can support up to 500 Yamataian or NH-33 Series Nekovalkyrja personnel up to twenty years. Water can be recycled for twenty years as well. Eikan is also equipped with a Psionic Signal Controller.
The Eikan Heavy Cruiser's main power sources are high-output aether generators; the cruiser also includes fusion and anti-matter reactors. The Eikan boasts an extremely robust power distribution system that is built to withstand and control tremendous surges (such as those caused by electrogravitic and electromagnetic pulses and anti-matter ion weaponry). Plentiful capacitors allow the ship to run for a while without any power being produced.
All major heat-generating pieces of equipment are paired with appropriately-sized heat absorbers, which rapidly and effectively absorb thermal radiation and convert it to usable energy.
The Eikan features three methods of propulsion: it carries auxiliary engines for sublight travel, has a hyperspace fold generator, and can also use its combined field to travel at slower-than-light and faster-than-light speeds.
At the aft of the ship, these four giant engines can move the ship up to cruising speeds of .375c and maximum speeds of .99c (although this can wear the engines heavily) for up to ten minutes.
Eikan's fold system can reposition the ship to a new location in space. The hyperspace fold generator takes approximately fifteen seconds to charge.
See: Hyperspace Travel
The Super Eikan uses a standard Combined Field System.