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Semi-Autonomous Remotely Piloted Expendable Vehicle, Special Operations, Mark II SARPEV(SO)

SARPEV Mk II, Special Operations version (SARPEV/SO), Publicly acknowledged as the SARPEV-SU, for "Scientific Utility" version, an adequate ruse as the same shell has been adapted for large scientific instrument packages.

General Specifications: Length: 6.4m (6.6m with nacelles extended) Width: 2.6m (4.5 with nacelles extended) Height: 1m Max Warp: 9.99 (burst speed with guaranteedd destructive effects 9.995) Max Impulse: 0.99 lightspeed Crew: 1 person

Armaments: Three dorsal hardpoints may accept a variety of mission-specific enhancements.

Type: Semi-autonomous remotely-piloted expendable vehicle, Mark II, Special Operations version (SARPEV/SO).

About Ship: During the war with the Dominion, the need for Special Forces became apparent given the hazardous and mentally intensive nature of intelligence gathering, demolitions, and search and rescue. A relatively cheap alternative to other dedicated special operations ships was required, as losses had become prohibitively high. The introduction of the SARPEV for other hazardous missions attracted the attention of Special Operations. The SARPEV was readily available in quantity and quite easy to modify and maintain, one of the original SARPEV design objectives.

The SARPEV/SO is a modification of the SARPEV. This modification was accomplished by inserting a mission configurable module between a SARPEV engineering module and a special ops-specific habitat module. Utilizing a minimal pilot interface, a special forces operative can launch from a planetary surface, shuttlebay or conventional tri-cobalt device ejector and travel up to 48 hours at almost any speed, though use of higher speeds can shorten the service life of the nacelles by 90% or more. The SARPEV/SO is equipped with retractable skids on its belly for planetary landings.

It is equipped with the standard SARPEV holographic cloaking device augmented by a compact Phase-Inverting Multi-band Emission Suppression System (PIMESS), located in the mission configurable module just behind the pilot. Optionally, many standard or customizable electronic countermeasures and jamming systems can be deployed on the dorsal hardpoints.

Explosive ordinance can be deployed on the smaller dorsal hardpoints to the sides of the main one. The pilot may exit the vehicle to deploy them manually or may use auto-attach clips placed on the device beforehand and pilot the SARPEV to the designated location. In an emergency, payloads attached to the hardpoints may be jettisoned by activating the explosive bolts which secure the hardpoints to the hull.

Another unique feature of the SARPEV/SO is the presence of a backup self-destruct device. Though no one wishes to use it, it is an accepted fact of life by all special forces operators that they engage in activities where they could be captured and used to great effect against Starfleet. In an emergency, a quantum filament destruct package within the habitat module is activated by a mechanical switch with quadruple redundant initiator pathways located next to the pilotĘs console. Activation of this switch triggers a similar device in the mission configurable module.

Primary power is supplied by a quantum flywheel in the engineering section. In recognition of the greater power requirement imposed by the special forces mission profiles, an additional quantum flywheel is mounted in the mission configurable module. These devices are given a full charge by the mothership prior to mission initiation. One advantage of this arrangement is the absence of neutrino emissions characteristically emitted by other power sources.

Design proposed by RLADM Robert C. Dunehew, Executive Director of Advance Technologies

and RLADM C. David Sands III, CO, USS Apocalypse, Chief Special Operations Researcher/Evaluator