baithammer wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:27 pm
A heavy fighter can be deployed. And what heavy fighters are you considering? Over 400MCr for a fighter is pretty outlandish. You could buy an 800t Mercenary cruiser for that price.
Lets break this down...
1.) A heavy fighter requires manning and low berths are far from safe to use in retinue situations, also doesn't have the capacity for a small bay weapon.
2.) 400 Mcr is far cheaper than the equivalent in fighter wings with better range and effect in a single platform.
3.) 800t Mercenary cruiser magnifies the crew situation, again doesn't carry a small bay weapon.
As for maintenance, the mines don't do much so would incur less wear and tear than a fighter squadron or fleet.
There are two specific cases for mines.
1.) Don't want to waste ships / man power on the objective while still needing a deterrent.
2.) You want to maximize the in system fleet effectiveness by forcing the enemy to engage at a point chosen by the defender.
Mines in space have some limited use. For the price of a MGT v1 50,000 Ghalak
class cruiser you could have 94 of your weapon platforms.
Or you could deploy 1,284 advanced missiles as temporary mines (each one doing 5D damage - which like everything else they have to hit the target). We really don't have specific rules about the sensor profile of a missile lying doggo waiting for the enemy to come within range. They would be a temporary field, but most minefields are temporary. You could recover them easily enough if the enemy never showed up. Plus you could make them command-controlled, or have them working on IFF.
Mines, to be effective anywhere, have to be cheap enough to be literally thrown away because they are only effective in massive numbers. Your weapon sats are great to deploy when you have other defenses that can protect them (they are easy targets for fighters, which with a base -4DM to hit by these weapon sats, they'd be quickly rendered useless). But as mines... not so much.
As an example the US spent $40million dollars in 1917 to deploy 100,000 mines in the North Sea to stop U-boats. It was called the North Sea Mine Barrage. Not the biggest, or thickest minefield, but it happened. They think they sank 4-6 U-boats, but nobody knows (mines!). In today's dollars it would cost $750,000,000. I had to average cost of a U-boat, as there were a LOT built back then, but when you take inflation into account a German U-boat cost is about $20,000,000 today. It's hard to place a value on deterrence, but from a pure cost model it was a 1-7 ratio - which sucks unless you are the victor and can afford it.
So yeah, costs need to be in-line with mission.