The Romulan Republic wrote:One the one hand, the Executor ought to be able to take a pounding, while, if it concentrates fire on individual ships, it can probably thin the opposing numbers fast.
As I said, I didn't do volume calculations - and I still think Executor
may have more volume than it really deserves, but that's not really provable and I freely admit it.
The battlecruiser squadron will absolutely take a pounding, I just think they'll win out in the end. Has anybody got a useful idea of how to interpret Lanchester equations for three-dimensional combat at such low absolute numbers? There might actually be a mathematical answer to this one, or at least a range of probable outcomes from starting assumptions of power-varies-with-volume to power-varies-with-length. Although, assuming average salvos from the Bellators
can achieve useful shield penetration - which I think is fair, given the historical definition of 'battlecruiser' - we might want the 'N' in 'N^2 Law' to be battery groups and not ships.
Even if not, I think a skilled commander could probably pull it off with the Executor, unless glass jaw Executor from RotJ was more than a fluke.
Come to think of it, I haven't read any of the new EU; are there any other canon depictions of Executors
fighting fleets or other capital ships? That might be useful.
Edit: Also, how do the fighter compliments compare?
Since we're dealing with just capital ships, no escorts, if one side has a decisive edge in fighter/bomber numbers or quality, that could easily be significant.
Oddly. As I mentioned, as per Wookie Executor
only carries two wings; 144 fighters in 12 squadrons. Volumetrically, this is insane; the same page cites a maximum fighter capacity of thousands, but if a) that's true for God knows what stupid reason and b) a Bellator
carries at least one wing (which, considering ISDs carry one wing and are about 5.5 times shorter, is if anything a low estimate), then they've definitely got a significant advantage. Note, non-TIE (i.e. armed shuttles, etc.) are not counted here and might plausibly affect the ratio, but I have no really useful data for either side on composition or competence.
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