|Primary Focus||System Defense|
|Mass (empty)||35 t|
|Cargo Capacity||10 t|
|Upgrade Capacity [?]||12|
|Max Power Plant Size [?]||4|
|Main Thrusters [?]||2× TR4|
|Maneuvering Thrusters [?]||16× TR2|
|2×||Class 1||None equipped|
|1×||Class 2||None equipped|
|2×||Class 3||None equipped|
|2×||Class 4||None equipped|
|Additional Equipment||Joker Docking Collar Extension|
Drake Interplanetary claims that the Cutlass is a low-cost, easy-to-maintain solution for local in-system militia units. The larger-than-average cargo hold, RIO seat and dedicated tractor mount are, the company literature insists, for facilitating search and rescue operations. While it’s true that Cutlasses are used throughout known space for such missions, their prime task and immediate association is with high space piracy. Cutlasses, often operating in groups, menace distant transit lanes to prey on hapless merchants. A single Cutlass can ravage a mid-sized transport and a pack operating as a clan can easily take down larger prey. STOL adaptations allow these interceptors to operate off of modified transports or pocket destroyers; the most common warships that make up pirate caravans.
Designer note: the idea is that Drake Interplanetary builds ships which are ostensibly for legal purposes (local militias, etc.) but are ‘obviously’ for pirates: so it has the appearance of a military fighter, but mated to an awkwardly larger hull for collecting loot; it should have visible forward-facing tractor beams and a seat for a second crewman even though there’s no turret (as you’ll need a second man to board an enemy ship.) It also has a cheaper build quality: if Anvil is building Jeeps and Origin is building BMWs, this is a Honda.
- ↑ Star Citizen Ships Development Document (Note: Page is temporarily inaccessible on the RSI website)