Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ships I fly - The Stilleto

Unlike the Rifter or the Jaguar, the Stiletto has one main purpose.... to hold a point on an enemy ship until help arrives, and stay alive doing it. It is a job that the Stiletto does beautifully. Fast, agile, maneuverable, it can quickly get within range of it's bonused point of an enemy ship and prevent it from warping. Thanks to the bonus to the microwarp drive signature radius, it does not suffer nearly as much signature bloom as other ships when using a microwarp. This means that it can't be easily tracked or damaged with missiles. A bonus to the range of it's point allows it to tackle even battleships while staying out of range of a long range neut.

What is most impressive about the Stiletto in particular is the extra mid-slot. Different pilots will fit different modules there. Another point, a scram, a tracking disruptor, a sensor damper, a target painter, ECCM or even a medium shield extender can all be put there and contribute to the fight.

An interceptor is also a great ship to join an existing fleet with. If you log in and see a fleet 6 jumps out it may be quite dangerous to fly a heavy ship out there. However, an interceptor can navigate through 0.0 quickly and safely. And it is always welcome on a fleet.

Personally I highly recommend a Stiletto (or other interceptor) as a new pilots first introduction into T2 ships. It is reasonably cheap and requires relatively light skills to use. It also is a very important ship in a fleet. Most fleets use interceptors as scouts as well as tackle so the interceptor is a very busy and important role requiring attention and constant communication with the FC.

There is a really great article in Ten Ton Hammer - Flying the Stiletto Interceptor

[Stiletto, Standard Fleet Ceptor]
Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Overdrive Injector System II

Catalyzed Cold-Gas I Arcjet Thrusters
Warp Disruptor II
Sensor Booster II
[empty med slot] <- EXTRA MID SLOT

125mm Light 'Scout' Autocannon I, EMP S
[empty high slot]
125mm Light 'Scout' Autocannon I, EMP S

Small Auxiliary Thrusters I
Small Auxiliary Thrusters I

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