To this end the Advantage class was designed. Outwardly identical to the Manta class, the size and form are not considered to need improvement, all the improvements are under the skin. However those improvements are sufficient to consider this a new class of ship.
The Advantage class is designed from the keel up for DiSodium drives. She packs the latest in crystalmind computers, sensors, and shields. There are improvements in medical support and duration on station. The vessels will still be heavy frigates, not cruise ships.
The Advantage class is not replacing the Manta class but supplementing it
Yes there is some. The heavy frigate is not the favorite ship among Gentlebeing camp. the Guns & Butter crowd is all but dancing with delight. This particular design of heavy frigate is more a lightening rod than most because it is so specialized. Ships like the Sovereign class straddle the category between frigate and cruiser. There is nothing ambiguous about the Manta/Advantage. This is the can whup-ass comes in.
However even the gentlest of Gentlebeings will grudgingly agree that hostile powers respect the Manta/Advantage class ships, and when they patrol a border it is a quieter border. Only crazy people want to see these vessels in action.
- Science capacity 500 -- The Advantage simply does not have the crew or the lab space, better sensors help.
- Crew Comfort 1000 -- Yes the ship is small, but so is the crew. There is plenty of space.
- Duration 600 -- The Advantage has an 20 month on station duration. She is not a long distance cruiser.
- Medical facilities 1000 -- The Advantage can do the S&R mission.
- Tactical maneuvering 1700 -- Centerline mounted nacelles mean this ship can flip around fast, she has the same impulse drive as the galaxy class with a much lower mass.
- Strategic Speed 18000 -- cruise. Wf Ds8 Max wf Ds9.9 cruse speed is 18 light years a day.
- Defense 2200 -- Shielding improvements along with the fleet..
- Offense 2500 -- Class 13 weapons. Lighter on the phasers but a significantly heavier quantum torpedo battery plus ion cannon.
- Versatility 200 -- This is the can whup-ass comes in, there isn't room for much else.
- Internal Security 2200 -- RI computer monitoring.
Block One: Dual core AWDs14 HE warp drives, G5 crystalmind computers. Class 13 shields and weapons. Quantum torpedoes, phasers, and ion cannon.
- Advantage CB-29 -- Built 2407 El Nanth Shipyards
- Quasar CB-30 -- Built 2007 Oz shipyards
- Pulsar CB-31 -- Built 2007 Oz shipyards
- Nova CB-32 -- Built 2407 El Nanth Shipyards
- Sigma CB-33 -- Built 2407 Felicity Shipyards
- Delta CB-34 -- Built 2407 Felicity Shipyards
- Caven CB-35 -- Built 2407 Association Shipyard
- Morgwien CB-36 -- Built 2407 Association Shipyard
- Determination CB-37 Built 2407 Oz Shipyards
Block Two: Planned 2008
- Beki CB-38
- Jasiri CB-39
- Kutosha CB-40
- Uukuta CB-41
- Makara CB-42
- Nguvu CB-43
- Kandto NeAnsisi CB-44
- Zadilan CB-45
- Striker CB-46