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Grav lance Oct 2002
Missile orientation during flight Oct 2002
Missile pods: where are they tractored? Oct 2002
Missile pods as strap-on weapons? Oct 2002
Missile pod launchers Oct 2002
Missile pods: how well can you fit pods/box launchers on the exterior of a hull? Oct 2002
VLS cells for light units Oct 2002
Missile power systems Oct 2002
What happened to Erewhon's League Membership? Oct 2002
How do the Sollies regard the Havenite War? Oct 2002


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Pearls of Weber

A collection of posts by David Weber containing background information for his stories, collected and generously made available Joe Buckley.

How do tight budgets affect the Solarian League Navy?

  • Series: Honorverse
  • Date: October 22, 2002

What all this means is that Solarian League Navy is actually considerably less efficient and less technically advanced than many of the SDFs. It's senior officer corps is riddled with deadwood careerists, its R&D bureaus are starved for funding and generally unable (for budgetary reasons) to compete with private industry when it comes to attracting the really good researchers, and more money goes into maintaining the equivalent of the ships' paint and exterior appearance of efficiency than into realistic training, etc. It isn't really that the people running the SLN are stupid; it's that they have been so well insulated from the realities beyond the core worlds for so long that they don't really think about it any more. (Please note: There is a sort of fleet-within-a-fleet inside the SLN. These are the people who might be thought of as "the frontier fleet" commanders--the ones out at the sharp end of the stick who are actually called upon for anti-piracy ops, etc. They have a much more realistic appreciation for the fact that people can actually get hurt in combat and that joining the Navy is a serious business, and it is to be anticipated that should the SLN ever actually go to war, the people who would replace the deadwood would be drawn from these "frontier fleet" COs. However, it is important to note that even they have virtually no experience whatsoever in the sort of fleet ops the Manties and Peeps are currently engaged upon. Their experience is all in relatively small-scale operations, and their technology--however it may compare to that of the PRH, the SKM, or the SL's own SDFs--is generally much superior to the ragtag forces which oppose them. They, too, thus have no firsthand experience to suggest that their hardware is not the best in the explored galaxy.)