- A variant of the Teladi Kestrel
, this M5
class vessel shares many of the same characteristics. As with most Pirate
variants of other races ships, the Pirate Kestrel
has seen an increase to it's speed at the expense of a small amount of cargo space. Given that the Teladi Kestrel
was already the fastest production ship in the known universe, the forces of law and order are going to have a hard time catching pirates and smugglers using this craft.
Military have yet to release their intelligence assessment of the Pirate Kestrel, but did release the following short statement:
A departure from conventional Teladi design, the Pirate Kestrel
is now arguably the fastest production ship in the known universe. It may boast phenomenal acceleration but it suffers poor manoeuvrability.
The Pirate Kestrel is one of the two variants of the Kestrel
, the other being the Advanced Kestrel
Shortly after the Teladi ship design and research teams based in The Vault
unveiled the brand new Kestrel
with much fanfare, the first Pirate Kestrels were seen in the Argon sector Belt of Aguilar
. An anonymous Argon Customs Pilot had the following to say on the matter:
"On patrol near the East Gate we scanned two Teladi vessels carrying contraband in the form of Space Weed and Space Flies; we ordered them to drop their cargos and gave them ten seconds to comply. By the time the ten count finished they were at the West Gate and we were looking like a pair of prize fools"
Sources within the Argon Federation have been surprised with how quickly the pirate clans were able to replicate the Kestrel, with several openly voicing suspicions that the Teladi must have been complicit in the inception of the Pirate Kestrel. Whether there is any truth to these rumours or not, the fact remains that the pirates are in possession of the fastest M5
in the known universe.
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|Specifications||X³: Terran Conflict|
|Version||Pirate Kestrel Mk I|
|Speed||181.5 - 635.2 m/s|
|Acceleration||61 - 215 m/s²|
20.1 - 50.3 rot/min
|Reactor Output (power)||104 MW|
|Shield Type||1 x 5 MJ Shield (Unknown)|
|Weapons Energy||1500 MJ|
|Weapons Recharge Rate||37 MW|
|Cargo||19 - 52 M|
|Gallery for the Pirate Kestrel|