Dimensions: 5.1 km long, 0.8 km abeam at fins approx.
Mass: 29 megatons approx.
Crew: 85,000 crew, 15,000 pilots and support personnel, approx.
Accel: 2.5 gravities max sustainable acceleration.
The first Dictator-class cruisers were retrofitted from heavily damaged Lunars, with the aft lance deck replaced entirely by heavy launch bays for large squadrons of Fury-class starfighters and Starhawk bombers. Originally designed for launching Thunderbolts and Marauders against planetside targets, successive upgrades to the Dictator’s communications and detection systems expanded its capabilities for launching long-range strikes against ships in deep space. Increasingly, they were equipped with Furies and Starhawks, until this became their standard. In the Calixis Sector, several Dictators have been constructed as new vessels, using this design.
The Dictator is a popular naval choice as a flagship for long range anti-piracy patrols, as its launch bays give it a significant degree of strategic flexibility. Pirates often lair in asteroid fields or wihin the atmospheres of obscure planetoids. The ability of attack craft to flush these parasites out and into the range of the ship’s powerful macrobatteries is extremely useful, and attack craft also extend the Dictator’s range far beyond the range of its guns.
Rogue Traders value Dictators for these reasons, and they are much-coveted vessels among this diverse community. Depending on the inclinations of the individual Rogue Trader, the void-capable (and expensive) Furies and Starhawks are often replaced with the more economic Marauders and Thunderbolts, the better to intimidate defiant planetary populations into submission.
Hull Integrity: 70
Turret Rating: 3
Weapon Capacity: Prow 1, Port 2, Starboard 2 (of these slots 1 port and 1 starboard slot come pre-equipped with Components)
Carrier Vessel:The Dictator comes pre-equipped with two Jovian Pattern Launch Bays that take up a Port and Starboard weapon capacity slot. These are built into the design, and nearly impossible to remove. The hull’s space has already been reduced to account for this, however when the ship is constructed it must be able to provide one Power to each Component.