Pundits have decried the ships of Akula Vektor as brutish, primal, and unsophisticated - but never weak. As their hulking appearance suggests, their key characteristic is durability, a priority that can be traced back long before the Great Solar War. At the time, Akula Vektor was still two separate Earth-based companies, defense manufacturer Akula and civil contractor Vektor, whose collaboration helped to save the human race from extinction. History has proven that endurance is the key to overcoming disaster, according to Akula Vektor. Thus, to this day, its ships are designed to withstand extraordinary amounts of damage.
Its long term goal is to create an indestructible battleship. They are strict realists and their culture is serious, hard-boiled and no-nonsense. Akula Vektor ship launches are disciplined, joyless affairs where the ship is unceremoniously launched into space and the workers celebrate without getting sentimental – they get blind drunk on straight vodka and once they regain consciousness, quickly get back to work.
Akula ships are bulky and rounded. Their armor is manufactured in big chunks, connected without the use of any visible rivets or bolts. The composite armor material is usually in good condition as Akula uses “Nano Armor Technology” taking care of constant repairs. Their thrusters burn with intense red, reminiscent of a forge.
Unlike Jupiter Arms’ designs that aimed for fast serialized production during the war, Akula Vektor’s hull design philosophy sacrifices standardized armor plates for more durable individually engineered plates for each model. It might take longer to make an Akula Vektor ship but every minute of production time translates to an extended lifespan of their crew.
Akula Vektor panel lines are fairly non-uniform. Depending on the area in question, some lines will be curved while others will be straight. These lines help to break up large masses of the ship and provide a better distribution of kinetic impact force, hence providing the famed durability of these ships.
Although Akula Vektor ships are reliable and durable during a fight, proper maintenance is key to keep the ships’ systems in a fighting shape at all times. During construction, Akula Vektor paints different information crucial to maintenance crews directly on their hulls. We find warning labels, informational stencils, hazard stripes, squadron livery, trim lines, designation (theater, group, and squadron), fuel placards, serial numbers, design accents, kill tallies and more painted or embossed onto the armor plates. Many of these call back to the Soviet nations of Old Earth using the Cyrillic alphabet.
Akula Vektor's bridge locations are unique among manufacturers. Unlike Jupiter Arms or Oberon, Akula Vektor's bridges can be seated nearly anywhere on the ship itself. Akula Vektor captains generally prefer to rely on the readings of their instruments, scanners, LIDARs and sensors. This array provides a captain with more information about battle developments as opposed to looking out of the window and allows the manufacturer to experiment with different locations, shapes and general designs for the bridges.
Weapons and Modules
Akula Vektor follows the same design philosophies for their modules and weapons as they do for their overall ships. The same materials that make up the hull plating of a ship are also used to create the module housings. This makes the modules very durable and able to resist even direct weapons fire. What could be worse than a crucial module experiencing a damage related malfunction in the heat of battle?
Engines and Thrusters
The diamond shaped engines of Akula Vektor ships are something to behold. The workers in their wharfs tell each other that every time one of these engines lights up, the fires in the forges burn a little brighter. While the Akula Vektor personnel usually is not prone to sentimentalities, some individuals will tell you (usually after an impressive amount of Vodka) that the engines are fueled by the fire in their hearts.
When the engines are activated to increase the maximum speed, the outer flaps open outward, like a flower, and the central engine block thrusts outward.
When they are inactive, the thrusters on Akula Vektor ships are non-emissive and blend right into the hull. This makes them a harder target to aim for and will ensure that their ships stay mobile even after the most fierce battle. These inset nozzles are usually found individually spread across the hull or in pairs, depending on the size of the ship and the desired agility of the model.
Akula Vektor used three different lighting systems on their ships with distinct functions. The most common ones are the general lights that are used in crewed sections of the ship such as hallways, common areas or crew bunks. The color orange has been picked for these lights. Psychological research has shown that crews working in an orange environment display a generally higher energy level and more alertness. Orange calls to feelings of excitement, enthusiasm, and warmth - emotions Akula Vektor deems beneficial for a battleship crew.
Warning lights on the outer hull are red and emit a blinking light. They are often found at the tips of antennae or as position markers on the edges of large sections of the ship.
Last but not least, Akula Vektor ships are equipped with several spotlights that illuminate the hull. These are warm white or bone colored. They often are used to highlight decals, emblems, or important features. Likewise, these spotlights are used to illuminate areas of the ship which the crew might interface with, such as a landing platform or an observation deck.
While the durable ships from Akula Vector’s wharfs are popular with all captain types all across the solar system, their values and philosophies are deeply rooted in the society of Federal Earth. Defending the cradle of human civilization has always been one of their highest goals, which they did achieve during the Great Solar War. After centuries of turmoil, Earth has made great efforts in wildlife and nature conservation. This ideal of protecting life at all cost is reflected in the sturdiness of the ships of Earth’s most successful manufacturer - Akula Vektor.