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Pulsar Gunship
Pulsar Gunship
Ship Information
Classification
Purpose
Anti-Corvette
Ship Type
Corvette
RU Cost
625 RUs
Technical Information
Speed
215 m/s
Armaments
1 Pulsar Beam
Usage
Eras
Affiliation

The Pulsar Gunship is an anticorvette vessel. This Gunship variant is named after the weapon which it mounts: the Pulsar Beam Cannon, a lightweight offshoot of the Ion Cannon and the analogue to the fighter-mounted Vaygr Plasma Lance.

Combat OverviewEdit

On paper, the Pulsar Gunship presents a lot of good qualities. The turreted design based on the highly-maneuverable Gunship allowed it to constantly track moving Vaygr Corvettes. Frequent Pulsar Beam Cannon bursts and, more importantly, impressive damage potential inherited from the Ion Cannon even allowed the Pulsar Gunship to take on ships larger than a corvette. In particular, the Pulsar Beam is also effective at penetrating the armor of platforms. In practice, the Pulsar Gunship is a deadly multirole workhorse: when pressed, it can venture into antifrigate missions, platform demolition or, in massive numbers, harass lone Capital Ships.

TacticsEdit

The Pulsar Gunship is most often used in conjunction with Gunships and Interceptors to annihilate Vaygr fighter and corvette swarms. In Capital Ship raids, Pulsar Gunships usually serve to as fire support for Bombers. Lastly, the Pulsar Gunship is also employable in a spearhead against platform-heavy fortifications. During attack runs, Pulsar Gunships would circle their targets at a distance and keep their Pulsar Beam Cannon trained at the target in order to maximize damage over time. Multirole capacities allow the Pulsar Gunship to remain useful in extended skirmishes that are eventually dominated by the heaviest of Capital Ship classes.

CountersEdit

Despite outstanding combat results against most targets, the Pulsar Gunship fails to effectively track and terminate vessels smaller and nimbler than a corvette. Consequently, all classes of combat-capable fighters have varying potential against it. The Vaygr Lance Fighter, in particular, presents the biggest threat to Pulsar Gunships in a Vaygr-Hiigaran skirmish.

Roles in SingleplayerEdit

The Pulsar Gunship is Fleet Intelligence's recommended counter to the artificially-intelligent Progenitor Movers. This recommendation is not very effective, especially during the first encounter with the Movers, because proper technology to defeat Mover armor has not yet been discovered. A possible alternative is to use Torpedo Frigates.

Appearances Edit

Sources Edit

Hiigaran Ships
Fighters Scout Interceptor Bomber Elite Bomber
Corvettes Gunship Elite Gunship Pulsar Gunship Minelayer Corvette Mover
Frigates Flak Frigate Torpedo Frigate Ion Cannon Frigate Marine Frigate Defense Field Frigate
Super Capital Ships Destroyer Carrier Battlecruiser Shipyard Progenitor Dreadnaught
Non-Combat Ships Resource Collector Mobile Refinery Probe Proximity Sensor Probe Sensor Distortion Probe

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