Ship Review - Ophidian
It is debatable whether or not to buy this ship. The cargo space is only marginally better than the Iguana (then again, it only costs 15500cr more), and the weaponry is poor. There are only two missile pods and one laser mount. The lasers themselves are sub-standard anyway, whatever the ship info says. Its combat potential is mostly down to its high speed and manoeuvrability. It is possible to outrun an enemy missile, if it's one of those that try to spiral towards you. The 7 ly range is adequate, although hardly spectacular. Equipment is cheap. The Ophidian is, however, manufactured by Outworld Workshops, a company of dubious legality and even more dubious ability (after all, they designed the Adder).
Sidenote - The Ophidian in Elite-A seems (to me) to fit in with the Ophidian in the Dark Wheel novella (it was the ship Alex and Jason Ryder were in at the start of the story). Full marks to Angus Duggan for his research for Elite-A!
Price Space Range Speed Manvre Lasers Missiles 147000 cr 24 7 ly 0.34 LM CF 8 1 2 IFF ECM Pulse Beam Military Scoops Escape Hyper Energy Dock GalHyp 150 300 350 700 1900 450 250 450 700 700 3000
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