Patrie and Soldat-class


ByLaurent Esmiol

Above: Algerie operating in the Alpha Centauri system in 2292 during the War of Reunification executing a fast pass of Tirane en-route to intercepting a suspected German privateer. (Image courtesy of L'Autre Monde.)


The ships of the Patrie and Soldat Class are the mainstay of the MSIF's destroyer fleet and have only recently been supplanted by the Paris and Planète classes. These ships have had a long gestation period, delayed by over ambitious specification and technology. However they proved a noticeable step-up in capability and have laid the foundations for more modern designs. Although mostly stationed in the Core, the Kafer War has seen these ships win their spurs in fighting on the French Arm.


All pictures in this article are by Laurent Esmiol. Thanks to Dan Hebditch for feedback and narrative.



The Lansquenet hung silently just beyond the edge of the DM+36 2393 system’s FTL shelf, just slightly off axis from the direct route to Hochbaden, a further three human warships were also covering this route. The Maréchal Ney was in close attendance but the two Australian vessels were lurking in-system, watching and waiting.


DM +36 2393 was the last human colony still occupied by the Capuchons and was a formidable citadel. The remnants of the alien Task Forces that had ravaged the Beta Canum Cluster had fallen back here after the defeat at Beowulf. The Capu fleet, tagged as Task Force Tango, was a disparate body that had spent much of its time fighting amongst itself to establish a working command structure. However it had enough combat power to stave off of a badly co-ordinated attempt by Rochemont’s Fleet to bounce them out of the system.


Now human space and ground forces were massing for the final liberation. Fast, highly capable ships had been tasked to scout and interdict the system. The Gloire had picked off a Beta as it attempted to slip into the sanctuary of the system, but the main effort was to close off DM +36 2393 from supplies slipping through from Kafer space. Borodin’s Fleet couldn’t piquet Hochbaden or DM +18 2776 in enough strength to stop all the convoys. But they could provide advance warning of their arrival at DM +36 2393.


The Lansquenet had been close enough to run into an ambush position, despite having been out on an already extended patrol. However the opportunity to assault a Capu convoy was too good to pass up. Their arrival was imminent as a squadron of two Epsilons with escorting fighters was on the move from their usual position around Dunkelheim. Then they were there. The convoy, ten Oscars and an Epsilon, flashed across the FTL shelf and came to a relative halt. Although they were still moving at a high percentage of c on the tactical display it almost looked as if they’d hit a wall.


The Australians moved first, powering towards an intercept with the convoy. The Capus knew the signature of the Australians well by now, Bushranger especially had been a thorn in their side for years. The Epsilon from the convoy reacted to protect its charges, accelerating towards the human ships and deploying a screen of missiles. The Aussies rapidly turned tail, drawing the Epsilon after them, the Capu squadron coming out from Dunkelheim shaped to follow them too. The Australians played their role to perfection.


The Lansquenet and Maréchal Ney came across the FTL shelf with missiles deployed. They were on the heavily laden, lumbering Oscars in minutes. It looked like the ambush was going to work. 



Construction History


Basic Statistics



Appendix 1 - Ritage-1DT

Appendix 2 - Hibiki Class Destroyers

Above: Lansquenet at a deep space supply rendezvous somewhere in the Eta Bootis Finger late in 2302. Assigned to the French 3rd Fleet the ship was part of the force assigned to the interdiction of DM+36 2393 (Image courtesy of MSIF Media Ops.)

Construction History


By the middle of 2270s the renewal of the French destroyer (“torpilleurs”) fleet was underway. The old Odysseus-class was beginning to be phased out by the new Maréchal-class but half of the medium-sized ships were still of the older class.


The Maréchaux were potent ships having been the test bed for the technologies planned for the future Suffren-class. However it was understood that these destroyers couldn’t match the expected warp efficiency of the planned cruisers. A new “flanker” had to be designed and Maréchal-class production was phased out after 7 ships.


A team of space naval architects began their work on the new class in 2277. The requirement was for a faster and more subtle ship using the latest developments in space technologies to reduce running costs without losing performance. Several of these technologies were delayed by developmental difficulties resulting in the project progressing very slowly during the initial stages.


Meanwhile tension between France and Manchuria rose and the possibility of a war between these two powers became a reality. A first batch of the new destroyers was hastily ordered in 2281 with a limited design incorporating available systems at the cost of overall performance. The first of these ships bearing names of French Union regions were launched in the middle years of the Central Asia War. The class is sometimes named after the first ship completed: Bretagne.


With development on the new battleship class nearly complete the advanced technologies initially planned for the class were made available by 2285 and the final design reached the desired capabilities. The final design was immediately ordered and these ships were considered a separate class and named after types of historical soldiers. Despite a quick construction period the first ship was finished after the end of the Central Asian War. Work on the follow on ships was slowed and completion delayed by budgetary constraints. The crash program launched during the War of German Unification allowed the four unfinished ships to be completed. At last, the fleet received destroyers with a combat warp efficiency allowing the formation of powerful task groups centred on the mighty Suffren cruisers.



Above: A crowded orbit above Adlerhorst late in 2302. The ships including Lansquenet, Gloire, Bismarck and Jefferson are all involved with operations on the Eta Bootis Finger using this system as a base. (Image courtesy of Space Forces Monthly.)



The early ships of the Patrie class were launched in time to take part in the Central Asian War, although they were generally reserved for action within the Sol system. At a time when Manchurian space force action was strongly focussed on commerce raiding there was little for these ships to except contribute to the blockade. Whilst disappointing for their crews this gave the ships a perfect opportunity to shake down and work out any teething troubles in their combat systems. One notable exception occurred when the Algerie hunted down and destroyed a Manchurian privateer around Jupiter.


The Patries were a mature design by the time the War of German Reunification broke out. Once again they were largely consigned to duties in the Sol system, where blockade of the DSKM and protection of French ships from commerce raiders were the main tasks. However the Algerie and La Porte were dispatched to BCV to bolster the French presence there and gained a fine reputation which deterred most German privateers who came into contact with them.


Only two of the new Soldats were ready in time to take part in the war with Germany and these were deployed in the Alpha Centauri system for the duration. Since then the class has grown to its full strength and are fully operational. They have become prestigious commands for up and coming captains.  


The two classes have a total of 12 ships. Of these 12 ships; 4 were immediately operational at the beginning of the 2301 Invasion; 6 ships were at different states of readiness (maintenance and training) and the last two ships were under their 10 year refit and wouldn’t be operational for another 6-10 months


The first group was rushed to reinforce the up-Arm fleets and were fully involved in operations against the Kafers during the crisis period of 2301-02. The second group accelerated their training and work-up programmes detaching 3 ships to the international Reserve Fleet in orbit above Beowulf. The remaining 5 ships have eventually joined the defence fleet tasked to shadow Manchurian fleets in the core where the odds had never been so unfavourable for the last 25 years. So far two of the Patries have been destroyed in action and one Soldat badly damaged.



Hull Number


Comm Date












Destroyed 2302















Destroyed 2302






























Awaiting repairs







D234 has been named after the region of BCV-4 located around the town bearing the same name.

D232 has been named after the Sassandra basin in Nouvelle-Provence.

D231 has been named after the rice cultivated swampy coastlands of Nouvelle-Europe on Beowulf.


Above: Lansquenet pictured during gunnery training in the Queen Alice's Star System in the Spring of 2302. The habitat is de-spun and retracted for action stations. (Image courtesy of MSIF Media Ops.)

Basic Statistics


Three decisions defined the philosophy of the design from the beginning of the work:


-          Dedication of the ship to fleet actions as the long range strike power of a group. No luxuries such as a scientific section or a troop of marines were carried. This was the true difference with more versatile ships like Maréchaux.


-          First large use of the advanced materials made available by the beanstalk project and already used in the Mistral-IIIB development. These lightweight materials allowed an elongated hull keeping a strong structural resistance.


-          Use of non-energy weapons to maximise the drive efficiency of the ship. This thought was widespread in the French space naval architect community and nearly all small crafts designed after 2284 carry this kind of weapon.


Hull design

The hull is composed of four distinct parts.


-          The armoured bow is the command section containing the bridge, TAC, sensor systems, 0G crew accommodations and part of life support systems.


-          The unarmoured axis contains the spin machinery and carry the torpedoes launchers.


-          The unarmoured habitat contains the micro-gravity crew accommodations and the medical bay. Fully extended it allows a 0.20G pseudo gravity with a 2.5 rpm rotation.


-          The armoured stern is the engineering section containing the fission reactor, warp engine, small cargo area and fuel tanks. A magnetic sling is available on each side of the section.


Two materials have been used to construct the hull. The well known RTS 6 advanced synthetic, pioneered in the Orage-class frigate is used for the unarmoured sections while a newly manufactured advanced composite, RSC 10, is used for the other sections. The new material is still under survey nearly 20 years after the first commitment to study the effect of ageing of in space.


Overall dimensions:

-          Length: 76 m.

-          Largest Width: 12 m

-          Largest Height 12 m

-          Tonnage:

3464 metric tons for PATRIE-class.

3490 metric tons for SOLDAT-class.



With time the armament carried by these destroyers has changed and each division is slightly different from others one. The initial layout was:


-          6 x Guiscard LL-98 or LL-120 laser weapons mounted on six UTES equipped turrets.

-          12 x RITAGE-1 carried in four launchers located amidships with three remote piloting stations.

-          6 x Brand LL-2 submunitions dispensers located at the bow and stern.



-          The torpedoes have been upgraded to the R1-DT standard during the last months of 2301 and DA2290 have been occasionally carried during the War of German Reunification.


-          The availability of the 5x2 warheads carried by the DA-2290 allowed some ships to replace one LL-2 dispenser with the more powerful LL-7 (6 5x2 warheads).



Sensor systems are provided by DARLAN OPTO-PHYSIQUE while the targeting computer is part of the P-21T integrated fighting system provided by ROCHARD.

-          Active-Passive with two working stations:

-          DSAP S-2275. (Active: 7, Passive 3)

-          Passive with one working station:

-          DSMSP S-2278T (Passive: 10) for Patrie.

-          DSMSP S-2293T (Passive: 12) for Soldat.

-          These systems are specially derived for destroyers (“Torpilleurs”) from the Suffren  or Gloire sensor suits.

-          Standard Navigation systems, Gravitational sensors, Deep system scanners.


Stealth Characteristics

-          Radial surface:  157 square meters.

-          Lateral surface: 701 square meters.

-          Advanced masking system.


Engineering Systems

-          Power Plant: ALSTHOM 35Mw fission reactor.

-          Fuel: 25 cubic meters to refuel utility shuttles docking with the ship.

-          Drive:     ROUCHARD-LIGGET  Propulseur Jérôme”  PJ-35; 35MW old military on PATRIE or PJ-35Mod2 new military on SOLDAT.



The two classes have a standard crew of 55 men sharing 35 workstations. These stations are located as follows:

-          6 in bridge.

-          12 in TAC

-          13 in engineering.

-          1 in troop bay.

-          1 in steward office.

-          2 in medical bay.


Living conditions aboard these ships have been described as “cramped” with only half of the 25 cubic meters per crewman located in the micro-gravity habitat. Ships are sometimes compared with ancient submarines, but great care has been taken to help the crew to endure long range missions. A minimum of systems intrude in the living area and video walls project views of natural landscapes (thanks to the medics acting as psychological counsellors). Despite this help, the Patrie/Soldat destroyers are mostly based in the core leaving long-term colonial duties to the roomier Maréchal and Aconit.


Above: Bretagne in 2285 above Earth following her succesful acceptance trials. (Image courtesy of MSIF Media Ops.)



Warp Efficiency: 3.14 Combat/ 3.47 Travel,

Fuel: 20 tons (1 refuel for utility shuttle), Cargo: 7 cubic meters,

Life Support: 90 days, Comfort: 0, Price: 70 Mlv.


Ship Status Sheet

Movement: 6/7

Radial Reflected:   6

Radial Profile:   -1

Screens: 1

Lateral Reflected:   6(7)

Lateral Profile:   0

Radiated signature: 3(6)

Targeting Computer: +2

Armour:   3



Bridge: Captain, Helm, Navigator, Communications, Engineering, Computer.

TAC: Active Sensors, 2xPassive Sensors, 6xFire Control, 3xRemote Operators

Hull Hits: 46 using Bryn’s rule (106 using NAM)

Power Plant Hits: 46/9

Damage Control: 5 teams (13)



Warp Efficiency: 3.33 Combat/ 3.77 Travel

Fuel: 20 tons (1 refuel for utility shuttle), Cargo: 4 cubic meters,

Life Support: 90 days, Comfort: 0, Price: 97.8 Mlv.


Ship Status Sheet

Movement:   7/8

Radial Reflected:   6

Radial Profile:   -1

Screens:   2

Lateral Reflected:   6(7)

Lateral Profile:   0

Radiated signature:   3(6)

Targeting Computer: +2

Armor:   3



Bridge: Captain, Helm, Navigator, Communications, Engineering, Computer.

TAC: Active Sensors, 2xPassive Sensors, 6xFire Control, 3xRemote Operators

Hull Hits: 46 using Bryn’s rule (106)

Power Plant Hits: 46/9

Damage Control: 5 teams (13)



Above: The Japanese destroyer Hibiki on patrol in the Kimanjano system. She would later be very badly damaged here in combat with the Kafers. (Image courtesy of JSDF.)

Appendix 1

Ritage-1DT (“Détonation - Torpilleurs”)


The Ritage-1 missile system has armed French vessels since the 70s and were planned to be replaced on a one for one basis by the powerful Ritage-2. For years the MSIF had been reluctant to study improvement of the fighter drone into a true torpedo as proposed by industry and adopted by several space forces. The fear of a possible cancellation or cut in the Ritage-2 program was too strong.


The Kafer war has changed the carefully studied deployment. The R-2 rate of production will never allow the re-equipment of all ships while supplying frontline units. Consequently a crash program has been launched in the days since news of the Invasion reached Earth. Major stocks of R-1 are being updated by replacing the laser, capacitors and sensors by a reliable 5x2 warhead. The warp-engine is refitted during the process and a small margin of efficiency could have been gained, but this information has not been confirmed by the MSIF public relations department.


This missile is available to the MSIF after October 2301 to arm destroyers and some fleet frigates.


Performance :

Warp Efficiency: officially 3.38 but could reach 3.45.

Power Plant: 0.1MW Fuel Cell

Fuel: 0.27 tons;

Mass: 10.72 tons

Armament: 5x2 Detonation Laser

Length: 5m

Diameter: 1m


Appendix 2

Hibiki -class Destroyer


The development of the Patrie was closely followed by several nations yet only Japan expressed an interest in acquiring a licence to produce their own version of the ship. Whilst utilising the design of the Patrie many of the sub-systems, including all of the electronics fit, are of Japanese design. The Hibiki class are believed to be equivalent to the Soldats in performance, although the exact data has never been revealed.


The Japanese Space Defence Force has at least four of these destroyers which form the mainstay of their destroyer force. Two, the Hibiki and Terutsuki, were heavily involved in action on the French Arm and the Hibiki was almost lost with all hands. However it is testament to the toughness of the design that her crew managed to extract her from combat around Kimanjano.