With the success
of the Koshiir Ra defense fighter, it was natural for
Taiidani engineers to try and develop a more effective
defense technology. The Tiifal uses a frigate hull and power
plant to support a full array of electromagnetic emitters
that cover a complete sphere around the ship. While the
power drain of supporting this many emitters leaves little
left for maneuvering, the maximum coverage means that the
Tiifal has no vulnerable facing to take advantage of.
While the EM
emitters can deflect incoming high-speed projectiles, the
field is not strong enough to affect energy-based weapons
such as ion beams and mines. Enemy missiles with their
relatively slow speed and advanced ECM equipment can
penetrate the EM field, so Tiifals must avoid Missile
Destroyers and beam-equipped capital ships at all costs.
compensate for their vulnerability, Tiifal crews train to
approach larger ships from the flanks in order to shut down
enemy turret fire and avoid forward-mounted beams and
missiles. Offensively, Tiifals are often used to lead the
final assaults against enemy Carriers and Motherships, where
their anti-munitions field can utterly shut down the
target's point-defense guns, allowing friendly fighters to
strafe and bomb with impunity.