Taiidan "Tiifal" Defense Field Frigate

Homeworld Statistics

Class: Frigate
Build Cost
: 800 RUs
Build Time: 75 s
Maneuverability: Low
: 75 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 325 m/s
Hit Points: 17,600
Repair Rate: 150/10 s
Firepower: -
Coverage: 100%
Mass: 13,000 tons

Salvage No.: 2
Nav Lights: 6
Special Abilities
Defense Field

Required Tech:
Capital Ship Drive
Capital Ship Chassis
Defense Field

Weapons: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
None - - -
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.

To 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.