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This is the article on the Taiidan capital ship. If you are looking for the article on the Kushan counterpart, see Missile Destroyer.

Missile Destroyer
Skaal Fa destroyer
Ship Information
Classification
Purpose
Anti-Strike Craft
Ship Type
Destroyer
RU Cost
1500 RUs
Technical Information
Mass
28,000 tons
Length
234.9 metres
Acceleration
35 m/s2
Speed
295 m/s
Hyperdrive
Armaments
4 Missile Launchers
Usage
Eras
Affiliation

The Missile Destroyer is an anti-Strike Craft destroyer. It was based on the hull of the Destroyer and introduced by the Taiidan Empire during the Homeworld War.

Background Edit

The main difference between the two designs was the Skaal Fa 's lack of any turrets or direct fire weapons. Instead, its forward hull was occupied by four large missile batteries and a production facility. This facility revolutionized the use of missiles on the battlefield of space, as it allowed the Skaal Tel to replenish its arsenal of fusion missiles after the initial load of 32 missiles was depleted.

The missiles themselves were very fast and maneuverable, making them ideal weapons to deflect incoming waves of fighters. While they also gave the Missile Destroyer the largest standoff range of any Capital Ship, they were not powerful enough to punch through the heavy armor of capital ships with as much ease as the Skaal Tel's ion cannons. Lacking the dedicated anti-capital firepower, they were often paired up with a Standard Destroyer, which would attack a large enemy at close range, while the Skaal Fa would support it with long-range missile fire.

Interestingly, the first ship of this class ever encountered by the Kushan exiles was not under Taiidan control, but instead remotely operated by the vessel known as the Ghost Ship in the Sea of Lost Souls. Upon deactivating the Ghost Ship's control field, the destroyer was taken over and included in the Mothership Fleet. Its missile systems were quickly analyzed by Kushan scientists and reverse-engineered into their own Missile Destroyer.

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References Edit

  1. Homeworld: Cataclysm manual
Taiidan Ships
Fighters Scout Interceptor Attack Bomber Defender Defense Fighter
Corvettes Light Corvette Heavy Corvette Salvage Corvette Repair Corvette Multi-Gun Corvette Minelayer Corvette Ambassador Corvette
Frigates Assault Frigate Support Frigate Ion Cannon Frigate Field Frigate
Super Capital Ships Destroyer Missile Destroyer Carrier Heavy Cruiser
Non-Combat Ships Resource Collector Resource Controller Probe Research Ship Gravity Generator Cloak Generator Sensors Array

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