- + Ocean (M1)
The powerful replacement for the venerable Shark Fleet Carrier, the new Boron "Ocean" Armored Fleet Carrier utilizes cutting-edge technology to produce an incredibly tough carrier capable of both dishing out and absorbing enormous amounts of damage. Ten Gj of shielding combined with cruiser-level organo-ceramic armoring and speed just under Shark’s enable an Ocean class carrier to engage cruisers and heavy frigates when required. A mix of heavy and medium turrets can mount a large variety of weaponry, including advanced beam weaponry, giving an Ocean commander great tactical flexibility. Ocean’s laser charge and recharge capacity dwarfs the older Shark’s; but is still only half the M2 average. This means that a wise Ocean commander will use Gauss Cannons in her large turrets instead of energy-based weaponry. Slightly slower than Shark, Ocean has a slightly larger fighter hangar and cargo bay. An incredibly durable Fleet Carrier, Ocean’s price is about 50% above Shark’s. Considering her capabilities, Royal Boron Fleet Command considers her well worth the price.
+ Stonefish (M2)
Proactively responding to the immanent obsolescence of the venerable Ray class destroyers, the Boron Strategic Initiative have produced the new Stonefish Heavy Destroyer. Sharing many of the same components as the new Argon Typhon M2, including the new Organo-ceramic armor, and the latest generation, ultra-compact power and shield generators, the Stonefish Heavy Destroyer has considerably stronger hull integrity and shield strength than the older Ray class. While only slightly faster than Ray, the Stonefish has advanced targeting computers that allow her to mount many foreign heavy weapons, as well as experimental beam weapons. She can externally dock up to three corvettes or freighters, for operational resupply or personnel transfer. A powerful replacement for the now slightly obsolete Ray class, as well as the discontinued (but extremely fast) Hammerhead "pocket" destroyer, the deadly new Stonefish can both dish out and absorb tremendous amounts of damage in a firefight. Considerably more expensive than Ray, and roughly twice the price of Hammerhead, the slow but steady Stonefish is Boron's new ship of the line for the coming jazuras.
+ Lamprey M7M)
The M7 Lamprey Light Capture Frigate is yet another child of the Boron Strategic Policy Initiative created by the Boron Admiralty to ensure that they come out on top in any future war with the hated Split. Designed as a cost-effective way to capture Split Frigates, Carriers and Destroyers, the Lamprey is a fast, fairly well-shielded M7 class vessel--that unlike M7M class ship missile volleys--uses Ion Cannons and other Boron direct fire anti-shield weaponry to take down a target's shielding and disrupt engine systems--and then board targets at a distance using boarding pod launchers. She also carries under-wing a complement of four Dralthi Heavy Fighters for either fighter defense, or for shield suppression of the primary target. Lampreys, while quite able defensively, are no match in conventional combat against even other M7 class opponents, and a wise commander will use them exclusively for the role for which they are uniquely qualified.
+ Tigerfish (M6P)
The galaxy's first dedicated flak corvette, the Boron Tigerfish M6+ is one of the most notable products of the Boron Strategic Policy Initiative, the Think Tank that has shaped Boron Naval design and tactics to ensure that Boron never again lose militarily to the hated Split and their cross-eyed Paranid lackeys. Overwhelmed by huge formations of agile, mass driver-armed Scorpion and Mamba fighters in the last war, the Tigerfish's role in the next war is to mercilessly shred these formations with her Flak Artillery Arrays. Well-shielded, reasonably fast, and with Mass Driver resistant hull armor, the Tigerfish is designed to rapidly devour lightly shielded fighters, no matter how agile they may be. Her weapons and shield generators are robust, for high operational stamina. She also has external docking for one fighter. Very weak frontal weaponry makes Tigerfish ineffective against any targets corvette-sized or larger, and so they should only be deployed as support vessels in the role for which they excel.
+ Poseidon (TL)
Split rear-area raids in the last Galactic War succeeded in destroying the bulk of the Boron army as it travelled by rear area convoy to retake the Boron Rim Worlds recently occupied by the Split. For the rest of the war, the Boron could control the airspace of their lost Rim worlds, but lacked the troops to physically recapture them. After the war, The Boron Strategic Policy Institute recommended and designed a powerful heavy transport that can run from Split Frigates and Cruisers, but use her large complement of fighters to neutralize enemy corvettes, and so ensure the survival of Boron supply and troop convoys. The Boron Poseidon Heavy Transport uses cutting edge technology to produce a TL superior to Orca in virtually every way. Poseidon is faster, better shielded, and uses the new organo-ceramic armoring. Poseidon’s mix of heavy and light turrets enables her to mount a mix of Gauss Cannons, Flak Cannons, and short range anti-fighter weapons like Mass Drivers, giving her the capability to destroy multiple threat types. And having access to ammo-based weaponry like GC’s and MD’s means that Poseidon class vessels will not be crippled in heavy combat by shortages of weapons energy. A versatile Light Carrier/TL Hybrid, Poseidon will get the troops safely to battle in the next war.
(Screen shot #2 by Zloth)
+ Kusangi (M3P)
The initial attempt by the Boron Strategic Policy Initiative to address the problem posed by Split capital ships with fighter-sized aggressors produced the Dralthi MK3, which was a powerful and effective M3+ fighter. However the Dralthi contained many off the shelf components from other races, and could not be fully integrated into the regular Boron fleet. The answer to the Dralthi's shortcomings was the new Kusanagi M3. The Kusanagi came out of the same development effort that produced the Swordfish, it is constructed of the same organo-ceramic materials and other advanced components, The Kusangi M3 is extremely fast and tough, and in fact falls somewhere between the standard M3 and M3+ fighter classes. It mounts an aft light anti-fighter turret, and her main battery is likewise equipped to only mount high-velocity light weaponry. Unlike her sisters, the Advanced and Prototype Barracuda that lack rear turrets, the Kusangi can watch her own six while pursuing her own targets. Lacking heavy plasma weaponry, she must either leave heavily armored targets alone, or utilize missile strikes against them after stripping their shields. While the Tigerfish M6's take out the Split heavy fleet elements, the Kusangi will sweep the space-lanes clear of Split fighters. Her main weakness is energy management, which virtually requires her to make some use of ammo-based weaponry to operate at her full potential.
+ Swordfish (M3)
Developed to counter recent Split tendencies to missle spamm fighter adversaries, the new Boron Swordfish M3 is a revolutionary new design intended as a fighter-hunter escort for the Boron Dralthi Heavy Fighter. Built with the new organo-ceramic materials and other advanced components, Swordfish M3 is extremely fast, tough, and mounts fore and aft light anti-fighter turrets. Her main battery is likewise equipped to only mount high-velocity light weaponry. Unlike her sisters, the Advanced and Prototype Barracuda that lack rear turrets, Swordfish can watch her own six as well as gun for targets of her own with her front turret. Lacking heavy plasma weaponry, she must either leave heavily armored targets alone, or utilize missle strikes against them after stripping their shields. While the Dralthi's take out the Split heavy fleet elements, the Swordfish will sweep the spacelanes clear of Split fighters. Her main weakness is energy management, which virtually requires her to make some use of ammo-based weaponry to operate at her full potential.
+ Siren (M4)
Impressed and terrified by the deadly effect of swarms of mass-produced, Mass Driver-armed Split Scorpion fighter in the last war, the Boron Strategic Policy Initiative was tasked with the neutralization of this threat, producing the revolutionary new Boron Siren Medium Fighter (and the Tigerfish Flak Corvette). Designed to "out-Scorpion the Scorpion", the Siren class is purpose-built around a battery of six Mass Drivers. Boron designers count on Siren being armed mostly with MD's, as they have reduced her weapons generators to half Mako's, but compensated with improved speed and shielding. The result is a blindingly fast, well-shielded M4 at an extremely affordable price. As long as the ammo lasts Siren class fighters can be counted on to lure any enemy they encounter to destruction.
+ Dartfish (M5P)
Created to both scout for the Boron Fleet, and to hunt and kill enemy scouts; thereby denying the enemy intelligence, the Dartfish Heavy Scout is perhaps the most formidable M5 class ship in the galaxy. Intended to change the nature of fighter culture within the Boron military--where M5 pilots are usually the first to die, the superb new Dartfish is meant to endow Boron M5 pilots with long operational lives. Equipped with levels of shielding often seen on heavier medium fighters, Dartfish's shielding prevents her from being easily taken out by fast anti-Scout missiles like the Wasp. Capable of equipping high-velocity lasers like Phased Repeater Guns and Pulsed Beam Emitters, Dartfish has the firepower to eliminate any enemy scouts that come within range. Her only weakness is her speed, that while faster than most Harrier and Pegasus variants, is slower than many Split Jaguar variants, and the awesome new Teladi Kestral--Dartfish's main rival. While capable of killing a Kestral, a Dartfish must catch her first. Costing roughly double most Octopus variants, the lethal Dartfish is well worth the money.
(Screen shots #2 and #3 by Zloth)
+ Koi (TP)
The Boron Koi was originally produced as an ultra-fast courier ship for highly perishable and extremely valuable bio-organisms, which include new strains of commercial plankton and Stott fermenters. These bio-organisms, created at Boron's network of secret Bioresearch facilities in the Core Systems located in deep space far from jump gates, need rapid transport to Boron agricultural fabs at speeds not possible with the aging Manta transporter. The competitively priced Koi amply fills this need, and is now by far the fastest commercial TP on the market. Carrying somewhat less cargo than the Manta Hauler, the Koi is lightly shielded, relying on her incredible speed to outrun most potential foes, but carries a single light turret for missile defense and fending off light assailants. Best employed in fairly secure sectors, the Boron Koi is set to become the new galactic standard for high speed passenger and cargo transport.
+ Firefly (TS)
An alien derelict that was found abandoned in an Oort cloud during the last war, the Boron Firefly was recently reverse engineered and is now successfully marketed as an inexpensive and very fast light atmospheric freighter. With roughly 40% less cargo capacity than even the smallest Dolphin variant, the Firefly compensates with blindingly fast speed and nimble handling for a TS class vessel. Armed with a single light turret, most Firefly class ships are also fitted to carry a fixed-frontal main battery of ammo-based weapons like MD's and EBC's. Combined with her nimble handling and her atmospheric takeoff and landing capabilities, this exceptional new addition to the Boron merchant fleet is proving extremely popular on the Boron Southern Rim--for colonists and smugglers alike.
+ Sturgeon (TS-SF)
Recognizing the vulnerability of slow, unarmed Boron freighters to enemy and pirate fighter attack, the Boron Strategic Initiative has produced a revolution in Boron merchant thinking: the new "Sturgeon" class superfreighter. Taking advantage of the new developments in power generation and armor materials technology, the Sturgeon carries as much cargo as a large Dolphin Superfreighter, but with 50% greater speed and shielding, and with extensive anti-light fighter 'light flak' turrets. Mainly intended to house low cost IRE's and PAC's, to reduce outfitting expense and lower weapons power drain, a Sturgeon's turrets are powered by the same weapons generator found on the Pike medium fighter, and are more than a match for small groups of enemy light fighters. A tight formation of Sturgeons, with interlocking fields of fire, can easily repulse all but the most determined light to medium fighter threats. Costing only a fraction more than the largest Dolphin SF variant, Boron merchants are buying up this amazing new Superfreighter as fast as they are produced.