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Cerberus Cruiser Refit

During the First Interstellar War, negotiations were made between the Novus Initium Republic and the United Vitam State to study and examine each other’s military technology, namely the idea of developing electromagnetic or EM warheads by the Republic and using shield boosters and laser weapons on State ships. However, while the EM warheads and shield boosters were successfully developed and deployed, the State had a hard time trying to implement the laser weaponry due to the power supply needed for those weapons. When the Camino Star Empire entered the war on the side of the Republic and the State, the State was quick to establish negotiations and deals involving their versatile missile launchers with the EM warheads for the Empire’s less-energy consuming hybrid turrets. The two struck a deal without the Republic knowing and started to develop ships, namely destroyers and cruisers, with the new weapons. These ships were first deployed to the Dellino System that was under Republic occupation near the end of the First Interstellar War to enforce their joint operations in the former Lykan system.

When the United Vitam State chose to convert their Cerberus-Class Cruiser to their "Version 2 Refit" variant, it saw the inclusion of not only the new shield booster technology but the new hybrid turret weaponry as well. Among the 57 light missile launchers the Cerberus possessed, 32 of them were replaced with 14 dual light railguns for use in long range engagements and 18 light blaster cannons for use in short to medium range engagements, primarily against destroyers and frigates. The anti-cruiser and battlecruiser missile launchers, however, were a different story. Seeing that the Cerberus against ships of its size was better suited to engage at long range, 8 of the 16 launchers were replaced with 8 quad medium railguns for long range assaults, a variant of the dual medium railguns the Empire uses but with twice the striking power. The Cerberus still retains its 10 vertical cruise missile launchers designed specifically for use against battleships and any other large targets. This gives the Cerberus V2 flexibility and versatility at any range against small targets, but against cruisers or larger, it must engage at long-range with its railguns or short range with its missiles. Since the ammo for the hybrid guns is considerably smaller than that of the missiles, the additional storage space was used to house the additional capacitors needed to keep the shield booster system running. The State expected to convert their entire line of Cerberus Cruisers to their V2 variants in a couple of months after the war. As of the Yintaka Incident, this conversion has been completed.

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