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This document is being issued in order to call attention to the use of irregular tactics to exploit tactical vulnerabilities in Nation capships.Background Information:
In the four most recent incursions in Hebisa (07.07.113YC), Hebisa and Zith (08.07.113YC), and Altrinur (12.07.113YC), Sansha's Nation has demonstrated increasingly aggressive tactics in confronting capsuleers. SYNE has received reports of Schmael Medullas
chasing capsuleers well outside the engagement zone in Zith, using wormholes as offensive weapons to surprise capsuleers in multiple engagements, and publicly challenging capsuleers to seek them out and engage them. We have received no reports of the common "safespotting" technique present in pre-January incursions, and no reports of baseliners being targeted in these attacks.
The common capship of choice by Sansha's Nation in the last four engagements has been the Nation
-class mothership, described by SYNE pilots as a "beast of a warship." The class was clearly engineered to engage capsuleers: it has significant defenses, a large drone bay, and a robust powergrid and CPU. In the last three incursions no Nation
has been successfully engaged and destroyed.Assessment:
The Altrinur engagement revealed a number of significant flaws in the design of the Nation
class mothership, which were exploited by capsuleer forces. While it is probable that Nation will attempt to remedy these deficiencies prior to future engagements, it is most likely that not all of them will be corrected owing to the logistical and engineering challenges inherent.*
- Based on post-battle analysis, SYNE assesses that Nation-class motherships are structurally-weakest and most susceptible to battle damage in the hangar bay areas. On most contemporary carriers, hangars often have hazardous materials - such as munitions, flammables, and fuels - present in sizeable quantities. Reporting from marine survivors in today's engagement confirm this flaw remains present in Nation-class motherships.
- In today's engagement, dropships from multiple vessels were able to successfully breach the bay forcefields by using their kinetic velocity as an offensive weapon. This appears to demonstrate that the forcefields present in the vicinity of the hangar bay areas of Nation-class motherships are not designed to repel large-volume objects traveling at high rates of speed. The forcefields are possibly more consistent with safety devices designed to maintain safe-for-work conditions within the hangar bays themselves.
- Following withdrawal of the marine units, the warhead of a Paradise-class cruise missile was detonated within the vessel. Analysis of sensor records confirms that the detonation caused significant powergrid disruptions within the ship, suggesting that Nation has not internally shielded Nation-class motherships against this type of attack. Of all flaws listed, this one will likely be hardest to correct.
* For security reasons, not all assessed vulnerabilities have been listed.
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