Space Engineers – HomeFront Systems Classing Guide

This guide serves as the basis for classing and naming of ships, chassis’, vehicles, stations, and other various builds manufactured and designed by the Solar System based Military Manufacturing Contractor known as HomeFront Systems, established in the Solar System on Earth.

Guide to HomeFront Systems Classing

Namesakes, Basis of Classification

All designs from HomeFront Systems follow a strict identification guide, which goes as such:

First, would lead the letters HFS.

Next, would be the name of the ship, based off the following namesakes:

  • Large Grid Ships used for military purposes are named after either the Capitol of a state in the United States, or a Capitol from another country, in the 21st Century on Earth.
  • Large Grid Ships used for utility purposes are named after Countries from the 21st Century on Earth.
  • Small Grid Ships used for military purposes are named after Bladed Weaponry, such as Swords, as well as Arthropods, Insects, and Hexapods, or Avian Fauna.
  • Small Grid Ships used for utility purpses are named after handheld tools.
  • Ground Based Vehicles are named after Fauna from the 21st Century or earlier on Earth.
  • Ground Based Stations are named after mountains from the Solar System, Earth-Based or otherwise.
  • Space Based Stations are named after celestial bodies, such as Planets, Planetoids, Galaxies, etc.
  • Man-Made Weapons such as Torpedoes, Turrets, and so on, are named after weather or celestial based phenomena, such as Typhoon, Comet, Supernova, etc.

After the naming, the ship would fall into a certain class, which will be discussed in detail further in the guide.

After the classing, the identification of the design will include a “type” meso-fix. These are:

One of the following:

  • Capable of Flight: 1
  • Ground Based: 2
  • Station: 3

And one of the following:

  • Atmospheric: A
  • Ion: IO
  • Hydrogen: H
  • Mixed Thrust: MT

Then, there would follow a Model Number if there were to be any modifications to the design.

After that, there would follow the date of its creation, NOT its publication to the galactic market.

These would all culminate into the following format:

  • HFS Name Class Type-Model Nm.-DDMMYY.

An example would be:

  • HFS Gladius Interceptor 1H-01-211121.

Ground Vehicles, Military Purposes

All Terrain Vehicle

Designated by ATV, these vehicles are small, lightweight and fast. They allow operators to move around quickly where needed. They are typically unarmed and only occupy one person at a time.

Craft in this class include:

Tactical All Terrain Vehicle

Designated by TATV, these vehicles are small, lightweight and fast. They allow operators to move around quickly where needed, while carrying a small amount of cargo. They are typically unarmed and only occupy a few persons at a time.

Craft in this class include:

Light Tactical Vehicle

Designated by LTV, these vehicles are fairly large trucks which allow for the transport of personnel and cargo, with a turret on top. They should offer good protection against arms fire.

Craft in this class include:

Armored Fighting Vehicle

Designated by AFV, these vehicles are small, armored, and quick. They should protect against light explosives and arms fire. They allow for cargo transport and the transport of personnel, typically two people. They are armed.

Craft in this class include:

Small Battle Tank

Designated by SBT, these vehicles are smaller than typical main battle tanks, have a cannon and are typically wheeled to fit their role. They can carry personnel and cargo.

Craft in this class include:

Main Battle Tank

Designated by MBT, these vehicles are large and armored, have a cannon and other weaponry and are typically wheeled to fit their role. They can carry personnel and cargo.

Craft in this class include:

Ground Vehicles, Utility Purposes

Material Handing Fork Truck

Designated by MHFT, these vehicles are strictly for the assistance of loading cargo on to and from other vehicles. They should be able to handle a large amount of weight.

Craft in this class include:

Troop Transport Vehicle

Designated by TTV, these vehicles are typically unarmed and are designed to take personnel from point A to point B. They can carry several people as well as a fair amount of cargo.

Craft in this class include:

Cargo Transport

Designated by CRG, these vehicles only transport cargo, and have two seats for a driver and a passenger. They can be outfitted with several different types of cargo, such as tankers, cargo containers, etc.

Craft in this class include:

Small Grid Ships, Military Purposes

Helicopter Craft

Patrol Helicopter

Designated by PH, these craft carry a small compliment of personnel and may include observation and communication systems. Consists of a small compliment of air-to-air and/or air-to-ground weaponry.

Craft of this class include:

Observation Helicopter

Designated by OH, these craft are designed to carry out reconnaissance and observation missions. They carry sensors and communication equipment. These craft can carry many personnel. May have air-to-air and/or air-to-ground weaponry.

Craft of this class include:

Transport Helicopter

Designated by TH, these craft are designed for cargo and personnel transport. They are able to carry heavy payloads externally such as other vehicles or craft. May have air-to-air and/or air-to-ground weaponry, which usually are turrets.

Craft of this class include:

Attack Helicopter

Designated by AH, these craft are fast and maneuverable, and deal out heavy damage. They carry out attack missions typically against ground targets. Should consist of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, maybe turrets.

Craft of this class include:

Utility Helicopter

Designated by UH, These craft are designed for transport and utility operations, such as surveying or observations. They can also be used as search and rescue, or other such operations. Should have a small compliment of air-to-air and/or air-to-ground weaponry.

Craft of this class include:

Multi-Role Helicopter

Designated by MH, they are a combination of Transport and Attack roles, these craft can participate in offensive missions while being able to carry personnel or cargo. Should consist of air-to-air and/or air-to-ground weaponry.

Craft of this class include:

Fighter Craft

Patrol Fighter

Designated by PF, these fighters are simply meant to patrol an area if the need arises. Lightly armed and lightly armored. May carry personnel. Consists of air-to-air and/or air-to-ground weaponry.

Craft of this class include:

Interceptor

Designated by INCT, A short range fighter designed for quick interception and engage incoming enemy aircraft. This craft can split into two roles, one meant for quick point defense, or longer range engagements. Lightly armed, and lightweight. Consists only of air-to-air weaponry.

Craft of this class include:

Air-Superiority Fighter

Designated by ASF, it is quick, maneuverable, and well armed. It is meant to establish a dominance within the area of engagement and hold its own. Consists only of air-to-air weaponry, which may include guided missiles.

Sub-divisions include Light, and Heavy, which alter the designation to ASF-L and ASF-H, respectively.

Craft of this class include:

Strategic Fighter

Designated by STF, these fighters are built solely for escort of poorly defended craft and the emancipation of enemy defense in ground-attacks. It is well armed, and well armored. It should be able to act independently at a great distance from its point of origin. Consists of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry.

Craft of this class include:

Reconnaissance Fighter

Designated by RNF, these fighters are designed for gathering intelligence from a distance, using cameras, GPS systems, and other such means. They may have some weaponry, if any, for self-defense.

Craft of this class include:

Bomber

Designated by BMR, these fighters are designed to carry and deliver a payload to a target. They are typically heavily armored, and should be escorted by SFs. May have turrets manned by personnel or AI. Consists of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry and payloads.

Craft of this class include:

Dropship

Designated by DSP, these craft are designed to carry an external vehicle or cargo. It may house personnel, either internally or externally. Consists of air-to-air and/or air-to-ground weaponry.

Craft of this class include:

Aircraft

Transport Aircraft

Designated as TA, these aircraft have a massive interior as to house a great supply of cargo, which can vary from vehicles to supplies or other such things. It is lightly armed as it should only travel along safe and guarded traffic routes.

Craft of this class include:

Attack Aircraft

Designated as AA, this is akin to a TA retrofitted with a large amount of weaponry. This can range from manned turrets to flares and missiles. Typically, this craft should circle an area and lay down heavy fire. It should have some air-to-air weaponry to defend itself.

Craft of this class include:

Small Grid Ships, Utility Purposes

Utility Ships

Loader

Designated as LOAD, these craft are equipped with mechanical arms with magnetic plates for loading cargo into various spaces. Defense will not be needed.

Craft of this class include:

Cargo Transport

Designated as CARGO, This ship is strictly meant for the transportation of cargo. It may have weaponry for defenses.

Craft of this class include:

Miner

Designated as MNR, these craft are equipped with one or more drills for the harvesting of materials. It may have weaponry for defenses.

Craft of this class include:

Grinder

Designated as GRD, these craft are equipped with one or more grinders for the scrapping of materials. It may have weaponry for defenses.

Craft of this class include:

Welder

Designated as WLD, these craft are equipped with one or more welders for the welding of other craft. It may have weaponry for defenses.

Craft of this class include:

Large Grid Ships, Military Purposes

Patrol Craft

Designated by PTL, these ships are meant to patrol an area with light weaponry. They are light and shouldn’t operate far from established bases or territory.

Crafts in this Class Include:

Corvette

Designated by CRV, these are small, light warships that are lightly armed. They operate in smaller areas. They are very resilient and flexible.

Crafts in this Class Include:

Frigate

Designated by FRG, these craft are meant to protect their strike group first, and lay out heavy fire second. They are larger than corvettes and have heavy weaponry, but they may not be armored very heavily. They may hold a small compliment of fighters.

Crafts in this Class Include:

Destroyer

Designated by DST, these warships have heavy firepower and thick armor, and should be at the front line during an offense. They can be used as an escort as well.

Crafts in this Class Include:

Cruiser

Designated by CRS, they are some of the largest ships within a fleet. They can hold a compliment of small craft. They have thick armor and heavy weaponry and are at the forefront of a battle. They are highly variable, and can be used for bombardment, guided missile launching, or other such warfare.

Crafts in this Class Include:

BattleCruiser

Designated by B-CRS, they are similar to cruisers but are much faster. There is a trade off of speed for armor, having the ship become a sort of glass cannon.

Crafts in this Class Include:

Battleship

Designated by BSP, these ships are heavily armored and armed. They should be able to bombard other ships and lay down heavy fire. They should be able to take on other capital ships, and have a fair compliment of fighters. They shouldn’t be very fast, as that’s not their focus.

Crafts in this Class Include:

Carrier

Designated by CRR, these ships have a small armament but focus on carrying as many craft into battle as possible. They are armored well, and the weaponry it has may be light.

Depending on the amount of craft the ship can carry, it would be designated as Light, Medium, or Heavy. This would change the designation to CRR-L, CRR-M, and CRR-H, respectively.

Crafts in this Class Include:

BattleCarrier

Designated by B-CRR, these warships are able to carry a great amount of craft but also have a heavy armament, as well as thicker armor.

Crafts in this Class Include:

Large Grid Ships, Utility Purposes

Cargo Transport

Designated by CRG, these craft only transport cargo, and may have a hangar for cargo craft. They can be outfitted with several different types of cargo, such as tankers, cargo containers, etc.

Craft in this class include:

Mining Barge

Designated by MNG-B, these craft allow for massive mining operations. They are able to deploy several mining craft, and they may have internal refineries for processing ore.

Craft in this class include:

Utility Ship

Designated by UTS, these craft are designed for a multitude of tasks. These can include being mobile refineries or assembly yards, shipyards, etc. They can have a compliment of welding and grinding ships if needed. Depending on the task, these ships can vary greatly in size.

Craft of this class include:

Station

Sentry

Designated as SENTRY, this is a simple, self reliant outpost with a turret to guard territory.

Crafts of this class include:

Housing Unit

Designated as HOUSING, this outpost is able to house personnel. It should have protection.

Crafts of this class include:

Study Station

Designated as STUDY, these stations are meant to study a planet or certain territory to obtain better understanding of the area. It should have a compliment of surveying craft.

Crafts of this class include:

Refinery

Designated as REFINERY, these stations are simply for the refining of crude ore. They should have miners to obtain the ore.

Crafts of this class include:

Factory

Designated as FACTORY, these stations take ingots and other refined products from refineries and turn them into components. Then, smaller craft are built from those components.

Crafts of this class include:

Multi-Purpose

Designated as MULTI, these stations can fulfill most if not all of the roles above.

Crafts of this class include:

Shipyard

Designated as SHIPYARD, these stations are massive in order to assemble and produce large grid ships. They must have heavy protection.

W.I.P.

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