Kushan "Porter Mk.2" Salvage Corvette

Homeworld Statistics

Class: Corvette
: 220 RUs
Build Time: 30 s
Maneuverability: Medium
: 150 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 425 m/s
Hit Points: 1,500
Fuel Capacity: 20,000

Firepower: -
Coverage: -
Mass: 900 tons

Salvage No.: 1
Nav Lights: 0
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Weapons: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
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When plans were being drawn up for the grand expedition core-ward, Fleet Intelligence put in a request for a corvette-sized vessel capable of capturing and analyzing any damaged alien vessels that might be encountered -- possibly under combat conditions. The answer from Fleet Command was a plan to convert the fleet tugs (used in constructing the scaffolding and Mothership) into heavily armored, combat-capable vessels that would be able to survive long enough in a firefight to gather important information from enemy wreckage. This revised corvette design was put into production, and advanced computers embodying AI-driven decryption and virus routines were also installed to give these vessels the ability to subvert and over-ride another ship's command systems. While these subversion routines will probably only work on badly damaged ships, it should give a salvage corvette the ability to tow in enemy ships to be studied and retro-fitted for Kushan use.

The Porter is meant to operate alone and undefended in places where the situation is not fully known. In most cases, a heavy fighter escort would draw too much attention to the salvage corvette's mission, and so they usually operate alone, or with one or two scout fighters. Porter crews face an dangerous and unglamorous job and in many Kushan fleets, a tour of duty aboard a salvage corvette is considered disciplinary action.