Defense Laser damage statistics are meaningless; the Laser
can only fire at incoming mass driver bullets, and a hit
destroys the target.
Koshiir Ra defense fighter is the pinnacle of Taidan fire
control and tracking technology. Using a rapid-fire, tight
beam microwave emitter in a revolutionary solid state mount,
the Shield can literally shoot enemy projectiles out of
space. While this system leaves this ship without any kind
of offensive capabilities, designers have tried to maximize
survivability by enhancing maneuverability and armor. The
only weakness in this fighter's design is the very light
armor around and under the weapon assembly. The microwave
emission sphere cannot be covered by any extra armor mass
and covering it with any kind of grillwork would inhibit
reaction fire by an unacceptable margin.
Koshiir Ra suffers from the often deadly tactical paradox of
being a purely defensive vehicle that is often deployed in
the most savage offensive operations. Fleet captains will
often englobe heavy capital ships with defense fighters
before sending them to punch through enemy picket lines. The
defense fighters intercept most of the enemy fire that would
otherwise render capital ships incapable of pushing on to
complete their missions.
these tactics optimize a capital ship's survival, they do
little to for the projected lifespan of Koshiir Ra pilots,
and these squadrons are manned completely by volunteers.
Koshiir Ra was an ancient god of protection in the ancient
days of the Taidani people and many of defense fighter
pilots carry his symbol, a shield crossed by broken swords,
on their person when entering combat. Koshiir Ra pilots are
known for their sense of mercy and will often hover near
crippled fighters, both friendly and enemy, destroying
incoming fire until the battle is over.