The Meqpâ'a is the Clan's latest fighter design. It uses proven clan designs and systems. Within a year of its release, it replaced all older fighter designs.
The Meqpâ'a is primarily designed to operate in space, but it is capable of operating in atmosphere. While it is capable of high speed in the atmosphere. Its flight performance is best at considerably slower speeds.
The Meqpâ'a design started in 719 CY (YE 10). At that time the clan was using a design that had served for fifty years, and was based on stealth more than speed. With Gulvisa moving into a wider role the clan needed a new design.
The Meqpâ'a balances speed and firepower. This was achieved by the addition of the Tavigo'nor Âdornor'te (Missile Launcher) to the arsenal. The Meqpâ'a also returned to a traditional cockpit arrangement, which is more comfortable for pilots on extended patrols.
The Meqpâ'a completed trials in early 720CY (YE 11), and went into mass production.
731 CY (YE 22) the design was upgraded to the 1c which added an underbelly mount which allows the attachment of a single HS-AF1-W731/00 Tin Pasou'a (Ship Killer) missile. The 1c is the current version of the Meqpâ'a.
The Meqpâ'a is the traditional green/gray color. The fighter is a dart configuration, with four plasma engines in the rear, the cockpit clearly visible in the front and thruster modules visible at key points.
Length: 11.5 meters ( 37.72 feet) Width: 7 meters ( 22.96 feet) Height: 2 meters ( 6.56 feet)
The Meqpâ'a is a very nimble vessel.
Service Lifespan: Estimated 20 years of constant use, possibly longer with refits.
See Damage Rating (Version 3) for an explanation of the damage system.
The Meqpâ'a uses a traditional Poku Saeruo Degonjo cockpit design. The pilot lays on a narrow couch on their stomach facing forward. Their arms and legs are hang naturally. The couch is padded with foam for the pilots comfort. The pilot is held secure by a fabric web that they pull over their torso and secure it. There are pedals in the back of the pod, that the pilot works to control engine power for each set of engines. The front of the cockpit has a wrap around control panel which contains sensors, communications, directional and weapon controls.
There is an Iginâ Yoqa (Neural Link) to allow the pilot to interface directly to the fighter systems. While operating the craft the pilot attaches the space suit to the fighter systems. The upper half of the pod is covered in Mâqitua'tomin (Transparent Light Metal), which the pilot can make transparent for visual flight.
The Meqpâ'a uses a layer of Qotim Anoka'ano Anomu'te (Ablative Armor Plating) to provide extra protection. Reduced speed from .35c to .3c
The Meqpâ'a uses a frame constructed of Mâqitua (Light Metal), and is plated with Mâqirây (Bound Metal) plating. The pilot pod canopy is Mâqitua'tomin (Transparent Light Metal) which allows the pilot to use visual if necessary.
The Meqpâ'a uses a cluster of three Iginâ Jodau'ta Fiqorka (Neuron Processor Module) for its computer/control system. A Iginâ Yoqa (Neural Link) is provided along with physical controls for the pilot.
The Meqpâ'a uses standard Ta'te Goly Norjopa (Far Talking Systems)
The Meqpâ'a uses three retracting landing gears to support the craft when its on the ground. The Meqpâ'a primarily uses VTOL to lift off the skids and then retract them. Although it could use them as skids provided the surface was appropriate.
The Meqpâ'a has a compact Niufofi'a Norjopa (Atmosphere Systems) and an emergency reserve good for twenty-four hours. It also has a compact Kyafofi'a Norjopa (Water Purification) for recycling water on long patrols
The Meqpâ'a uses Heim Force Generator for propulsion in atmosphere and for landing and take-off.
The Meqpâ'a can be equipped with either of the following modules to provide faster-than-light capabilities:
The Meqpâ'a is equipped with the following sensors from the HS-AF1-E720xx Tin'sa Mâbor'a (Small craft Sensors)
The Meqpâ'a is equipped with a pair of Akko Rotysa (Coil Gun). They are mounted on the upper side of the stabilizers in a retractable housing. Ammunition for the weapons is stored in the fuselage. Damage: 5 (ADR) 300 round each
The Meqpâ'a is equipped with a pair of Tavigo'nor Âdornor'te (Missile Launcher). They are mounted under the stabilizers in a retractable housing. Missiles are stored inside the fuselage. Damage: 2 (ADR) per missile
The Meqpâ'a is equipped with a Ida Malvuka'a (Eye Gouger) which is mounted on the rear and detaches when activated.
The Meqpâ'a can be equipped with a HS-AF1-W731/00 Tin Pasou'a (Ship Killer) missile, this is an uncommon piece of ordinance that is mounted on the underside of the craft. Due to the size and mass of the missile and how it adversely affects the fighter's performance. The Tin Pasou'a is only mounted when a specific has been chosen for the attack. Damage: 4 (SDR), reduces the ship speed by 50%.