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Standard Corvette
Thief
Ship Information
Classification
Purpose
Anti-Strike Craft
Ship Type
Corvette
RU Cost
210 RUs
Technical Information
Mass
660 tons
Length
32.7 metres
Acceleration
150 m/s2
Speed
500 m/s
Armaments
2 Projectile Cannons
Usage
Eras
Affiliation

The Standard Corvette is heavily armored and has a large fuel compartment allowing it to operate for extended periods without returning to a carrier for reload or repairs. These ships have two small turrets, one on each side just behind the cockpit giving the ship good coverage. The guns, however, are rather weak even for a corvette, and the Kushan and Taiidan Heavy Corvettes had far superior firepower. This may have been due to the fact that these ships doubled as a salvage/capture vessel, having a crew compartment on the underside of the cockpit that took up internal space that could have been devoted to weapon components. Although this capacity was never observed by the Kushan during the Exodus back to Hiigara, it is clear from Somtaaw reports during the Beast War that they did, in fact, act as salvagers and had other enhanced abilities.

ThiefHologram

Thief corvettes masquerading as support frigates shortly before the Beast War.

This upgraded version of the Thief corvette made an appearance at the beginning of the Beast War, during which the Hiigaran Kiith Somtaaw discovered, released, and hunted down the Beast infection. The major improvement the new Thief corvettes had over older models is the ability to project a holographic image around the hull and send out false sensor readings so that they could effectively fool an enemy into thinking these corvettes were friendly ships, enemy ships of much greater size and power, or even harmless asteroids. This ruse, like cloaking technology, could be overcome by proximity sensors, but commanders typically do not employ these sensors when there are no anomalous readings indicative of cloaking. While the Somtaaw were able to quickly adapt the technology to their own purposes, no other known race had ever displayed this form of technology, leading experts to believe it is purely Turanic in origin. This casts doubt on the common stereotype that the Turanic Raiders acquired new technology through theft alone.

Trivia Edit

  • The manual for Homeworld: Cataclysm states the ship is called a "Thief-class Corvette". The ship's ability to steal ships is only seen in Cataclysm.[1]

Appearances Edit

References Edit

  1. Homeworld: Cataclysm manual
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