Like many ion frigates, these ships had a single, spinal-mounted heavy Ion Cannon. The Dagger distinguished itself by sporting four large retractable ion arrays that used magnetic fields to capture free ions from space and further focus and accelerate the ion beam as it exited the front of the ship, giving extra range and firepower to the weapon. This came at the cost of maneuverability and acceleration though, due to the increased mass created by the ion arrays. In addition, the ion array frigate lacked the auto-repair abilities of the other ion cannon frigates. This is the only frigate class ship that is known to be exclusively Turanic in origin and was the main ship-of-the-line used against ships larger than frigates.
The Dagger-class Frigates were a menace to Kushan vessels at the start of the Homeworld War, especially when they attacked the Mothership in large numbers. However, they lacked proper self-defenses such as projectile cannons, making them vulnerable to strike craft and corvettes.
After the Kushan returned to Hiigara, the Raiders improved upon the design of the frigate and included a cloaking field which allowed them to launch devastating surprise attacks against capital ships without being seen. This field was used against Kiith Somtaaw multiple times during the Beast War, but the quick action of the Somtaaw allowed the ships to be destroyed relatively quickly.
The Beast managed to steal and copy the design of this frigate from the Raiders, and uses it as its frontline anti capital ship frigate. It appears to be functionally identical to the Raider version.
- The beam of the Dagger is better than the beam of the Kushan Firelance and the Taiidan Sajuuk-Kor. A single pulse is as powerful as the pulse of either of the two frigates mentioned above, but has a shorter firing time and significantly quicker recharge time. This is the only advantage the Ion Array has over its counterparts.
- The Cataclysm manual gives two class names for the frigate: the Dagger and the Assassin. Presumably, the word "Assassin" was used to refer to the cloaking technology that was built into the frigates.
|Bentusi||Bentus||Bentusi Exchange||Super Acolyte||Cargo Barge|
|Turanic Raiders||Strike Craft||Interceptor||Standard Corvette||Missile Corvette|
|Capital Ships||Ion Array Frigate||Attack Carrier|
|Kadeshi||Strike Craft||Swarmer||Advanced Swarmer|
|Capital Ships||Multi-Beam Frigate||Fuel Pod||Kadeshi Mothership|
|Progenitors||Strike Craft||Mover||Progenitor Drone|
|Capital Ships||Keeper||Progenitor Dreadnaught|