Posted - 2006.10.09 23:03:00 - [2
Cruise missiles fly faster and farther, have a smaller explosion radius (that can be further shrunk with the Guided Missile Precision skill) that lets them do more damage to ships smaller than battleships, and have launchers that take a lot less fitting to use.
Torpedoes hit a lot harder against battleships (as well as fly slower and less far, take more to fit, and do less damage to sub-battleship class ships).
Basically, level four missions should use cruise missiles because they'll be dealing with a lot more cruisers and battlecruisers than battleships, and people killing NPC pirates in 0.0 should use torpedoes because battleships are the primary enemy there. (Of course there are those that advocate torpedoes [or even T2 torpedoes] for the missions too, but I say meh.)
Oh dear. There are so many. Weapon Upgrades, Advanced Weapon Upgrades, all the missile skills, Engineering, Electronics, and the ability to use XLarge shield boosters and shield hardeners (T2 helps, but is not mandatory). Like any battleship, a Raven can be helped greatly by a lot of skills.