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The Type-10 Defender reviewed

There was a lot of speculation and a couple of leaks prior to the ship being activated in the game, but now it's here and I have all the details on the newest ship in the Elite: Dangerous shipyard.

What has become clear is that the data-mined information leak was more accurate, or at least less misleading that the XBOX video leak. For example, the stock ship does cost 124,755,342 CR, but the power plant is NOT Class 6 it is Class 8 but comes with the 1750CR Class 6E Power plant fitted instead of a 1,750,00CR Class 8E Power plant (those cheapskates at Lakon!). The FSD supplied is a 6E, but the slot is a Class 7. These made the specifications that appeared in the video a red herring.

So here are the speculation-free 100% accurate, taken-from-the-ship, specifications of the Type-10 Defender.

  Type-10 Defender Type-9 Heavy

Top speed

179m/s

131m/s

Boost speed

219m/s

201m/s

Manoeuvrability

-

-

FSD Range laden

5.67 Ly

6.62ly

FSD Range unladen

6.87 Ly

7.71ly

Shields

88

88

Armour

1,044

864

Hull mass

1,200T

1000T

Cargo Capacity

220T

220T

Hardpoints

2 Small

2 Small

 

3 Medium

3 Medium

 

4 Large

-

Utility slots

8

4

Optional internal

Class 8: 7E Cargo rack

Class 8: 7E Cargo rack

 

Class 7: 6E Cargo rack

Class 7: 6E Cargo rack

 

Class 6: 6E Shield Generator

Class 6: 6E Shield Generator

 

Class 5: 4E Cargo rack

Class 5: 4E Cargo rack

 

Class 4: 3E Cargo rack

Class 4: 3E Cargo rack

 

Class 4: Empty

Class 4: Empty

 

Class 3: 2E Cargo rack

Class 3: 2E Cargo rack

 

Class 3: Empty

Class 3: Empty

  Class 2: 1E Basic discovery scanner Class 2: 1E Basic discovery scanner
  Class 5: Military slot

-

 

Class 5: Military slot

-

 

1I Planetary approach suite

1I Planetary approach suite

Core Internal

1C Lightweight alloys

1C Lightweight alloys

 

Class 8: 6E Power Plant

6E Power Plant

 

Class 7: 7E Thrusters

7E Thrusters

 

Class 7: 6E Frame shift drive

6E Frame shift drive

 

Class 5: 5E Life support

5E Life support

 

Class 6: 6E Power distributor

6E Power distributor

 

Class 5: 4E Sensors

4E Sensors

 

Class 6: 6C Fuel tank

6C Fuel tank

Looks

The ship is a shaved-down Type-9, but the spolier and folding wing-tips, along with the abundant engine ports, make this ship look very "race tuned".  It is not going to win any beauty contests, but it reminds me very much of the old Thunderbird 2 International Rescue craft, with it's massive size and stubby bulk and huge engines.

Weapons

With nine hardpoints, this ship has a lot of sustainable firepower. Lacking any huge hard-points it is designed to be able to "tough it out" for a long battle, making this an ideal PvE combat ship and most especially one that can take the pounding dished out by Thargoids.

The two Class 1 (small) hard-points are located on the front of the ship either side of the cockpit.

There are then two Class 2 (medium) and two Class 3 (large) hard-points located on the top edge of the ship with the medium hard-point leading.

Then there are two Class 3 (large) hard-points on the underside off the outer engine bulkheads and a single Class 2 (medium) hard-point on the underside off the ship's belly, dead-centre.

In the screen shot above, you can see the Ship Launched Fighter bay lit at the dead-centre of the ship' rear underside.

Handling and speed

With Class 7 Thrusters, same as the Type-9 and more weight, you'd expect this thing to handle like a brick in a pool of treacle, but you'd be wrong! While it isn't going to fly like an Eagle, it turns about the same as an Anaconda with D rated Thrusters. Given a Grade 5 Dirty Drive tuning, it handles even better.

The stock speed is 179m/s, but even with over 3,000 armour on mine, with the dirty drives it cruises at 230m/s and boosts to 280m/s.

The all-important jump range

With a Class 7A FrameShift Drive fitted the ship has a fairly respectable 18.6Ly range fully loaded with armour and module reinforcement. However, a grade 5 engineer upgrade took my jump range to 24ly, which meant when jumping down from Shinrata Dezra to Maia, my ship made 22 jumps, while my wingmate in a maxed-out and engineered Fer-De-Lance took more than 30 jumps with his max range of 16ly.

For such a massive ship, this beast is more comparible with the Cutter in firepower and jump range - certainly my Corvette would not keep up with it.

Does it do what it was built for?

In the name of science, not fun (honest!), we took some Type-10's out to HIP 17694 and attacked a Cyclops Thargoid and despite our ineptitude, we were victorious!

It took two tries and on the first, I got destroyed! But when you enjoy losing 17M CR in rebuy, then you know Frontier have got it right.

Comments (4) -

  • Albert

    12/22/2017 10:15:47 PM | Reply

    Nice review Anthony, the question I still can't answer is what is it's primary purpose? Also, is there something it is the best overall at, armour, shileds?

    • CMDR Arithon

      12/23/2017 9:25:29 AM | Reply

      It's purpose is to take a lickin' and keep on tickin'! It's a tank with a LOT of sustainable (kinetic anyway) firepower.
      It's shields are not up to much, but the hull can reach 4,500+ which makes it VERY hard to kill.
      In TeamFortress parlance, it's the Heavy.

    • CMDR Sky

      12/30/2017 5:17:34 AM | Reply

      It is both a heavy fighter and a combat transport. designed to either take a heavy beating long enough to win or to escape.

      • CMDR Arithon

        1/14/2018 10:49:41 AM | Reply

        The designation used in game is "Superheavy fighter" the same as the Corvette and Cutter.

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