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HIGHEST Priority Target

Refer to your best judgement or the FC instructions on jamming targets. The priority displayed here is meant only as a basic guideline for prioritizing targets on a theoretical level, actual field priority may differ depending on the circumstances.

Standard Cruisers
Blackbird Class


The Blackbird is a small high-tech cruiser newly employed by the Caldari Navy. Commonly seen in fleet battles or acting as wingman, it is not intended for head-on slugfests, but rather delicate tactical situations.


Caldari Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):
15% bonus to ECM Target Jammer strength
12.5% bonus to ECM Target Jammer optimal range and falloff

Required Skills
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19h 15m 30s
Estimated training time only for the listed skills based on zero implants and without neural remaps.
▪ Role(s) Electronic Warfare
▪ Variations
Recon ShipsBlackbird Class
highlightsCan Use Covert Ops Cloak
highlightsHigh Amount of Medium Slots
high slots4
middle slots7
low slots3
powergrid700 MW
cpu output500 tf
max. velocity192 m/sec
cargo capacity315 m³
Recon ShipsBlackbird Class
highlightsHigh Amount of Medium Slots
high slots5
middle slots7
low slots3
powergrid680 MW
cpu output600 tf
max. velocity194 m/sec
cargo capacity305 m³

Ship Attributes

525 MW
cpu output
425 tf
1,250 GJ
high slots
launcher slots
turret slots
middle slots
low slots
Max Velocity
max. velocity
190 m/sec
Inertia Modifier
inertia modifier (agility)
Warp Speed
inertia modifier (agility)
3 AU/s
Base Time to Warp
base time to warp
8.78 s
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Base Time to Warp is essentially the time needed for this ship to align and accelerate until it reaches 75% of its top speed and goes to warp. The time displayed here is the base calculated time with no account for any warp related skills, modules or any other effects.
Drone Capacity
drone capacity
10 m³
Drone Bandwith
drone bandwith
10 Mbit/sec
Max Tgt. Range
max. targeting range
85.00 km
Max Locked Targets
max. locked targets
Gravimetric Sensor
Gravimetric sensor strength
20 points
Sig. Radius
ship signature radius
150 m
Scan Res.
scan resolution
230 mm
Structure Hitpoints
structure hitpoints
1,400 HP
ship mass
13,190,000 kg
ship volume
96,000 m³
Cargo Capacity
cargo capacity
305 m³
Shield Capacity
1,400 HP
Shield Resistances
shield electromagnetic resistance
shield thermal resistance
shield kinetic resistance
shield explosive resistance
Armor Hitpoints
1,200 HP
Armor Resistances
shield electromagnetic resistance
armor thermal resistance
armor kinetic resistance
armor explosive resistance


The Blackbird is the Caldari EWAR cruiser, and is bonused for ECM. A large number of Blackbirds is almost the signature of university fleets. The blackbird has hull bonuses to jammer range as well as strength, allowing it to fight from much further out than a
Standard FrigatesGriffin Class
high slots2
middle slots5
low slots2
powergrid24 MW
cpu output240 tf
max. velocity325 m/sec
cargo capacity260 m³
, which is great for an EWAR ship. Blackbirds also have the mid slots to support a rainbow fit of 4 racial jammers with 2 mids and 3 lows to spare, allowing the flexibility of a propulsion module and a shield or armor tank module.


These are the skills which will improve your abilities as an ECM pilot:

Caldari Cruiser - Skills for the specific types of ship you are flying will give you the greatest improvement in ECM effectiveness. 15% bonus to ECM Target Jammer strength per level. +12.5% bonus to ECM Target Jammer optimal range and falloff per level. Requires Spaceship Command III and Caldari Destroyer III.

Long Range Targeting - 5% Bonus to targeting range per skill level. Requires CPU Management II.

Frequency Modulation - Increases the falloff distance (this will be explained later) of your ECM modules by 10% per level. Requires CPU Management III and Electronic Warfare II.

Long Distance Jamming - Increases the optimal range of your ECM modules by 10% per level. Requires CPU Management IV and Electronic Warfare III.

Electronic Superiority Rigging - This will allow you to use the ECM rigs. (See section on ECM modules). Requires Jury Rigging III and Mechanics III.

Signal Dispersion - Increases your jam strength by 5% per level. This skill requires CPU Management V and Electronic Warfare IV. If you have decided that you really enjoy being an EWAR pilot this is a great skill to work towards, but it certainly isn't required to have fun flying ECM in fleets.

Source: ECM Guide


For more info on fittings, please go here


(For a general guide and introduction refer to ECM Guide and ECM Guide)

The following refers specifically to flying a Blackbird:

A ship's fit supports the pilot and allows the pilot to utilize certain piloting techniques and abilities. So a specialized or ultra specialized fit could only be good for a certain kind of high ace pilot or only in a certain situation.

For ECM, there are various considerations which some prioritize over others but generally fits seek to accomplish as many of them as they can so that the pilot can make use of such benefits.

Pre-engagement Bookmarks

This has the least to do with the fit, but the most to do with the pilot's abilities. Having tactical on grid and off grid bookmarks to use to manoeuvre around the battle, instead of using your MWD all the time (which you won't find of much use brawling on gates often compared to another jammer). Just imagine the battle area in your mind and choose the appropriate bookmark to get the job done. Drop a BM as you warp off a gate/celestial or as you land on grid to one. Then warp back to it and name it "nearest object distance". If it is towards the sun, away from, westward from sun or eastward from sun, up or down, you can put that in too if you use more than 1 tactical near an object. This is also a lot safer than warping to optimals on people where you don't know what is going on.

Range control

This is one of the most important aspects, as Blackbirds utilize a range bonus to become similar to sniper damage dealers in the sense that they don't have enough tank and can't do much brawling without dying. Since most Battlecruiser short weapons have a max range of 20-25 km, simply being outside that range gives the ECM blackbird a certain degree of safety. Without tacticals, you will find it difficult to impossible to control range against frigates, and it doesn't matter if you try to use a MWD either. Tacklers are faster and won't run out of cap using them for most tackler builds. Because people can warp to fleet mates, having enemies close to you is a sign somebody is going to come and kill you soon. Pay attention to the range of ships and their negative radial velocity on the overview.

Being Pre-aligned

Since the Caldari cruiser isn't very nimble, it is vital to be aligned to a tactical bookmark or celestial before you start engaging in jamming or DPS. Thus a Blackbird pilot should pre align before he activates offensive modules. This allows withdrawal from the battlefield or a bounce literally at the speed of the pilot's own reflexes. The moment you know you are in danger and want to get out, you can warp out, rather than having to wait 6 or more seconds to align out, which is plenty of time for frigates and destroyers to lock you. It's better to bounce to a close tactical (e.g. 1000-5000km), since it takes a long time to travel 14AU and back again and the battle will probably be over by the time you get back.


This is something many consider less important but for newer pilots, they will need to prioritize it a bit higher. The more battle experience a new pilot gets, the more effective they become at the job, but that doesn't work out too well when you die in the first salvo before you can even align. When roaming around certain low sec regions, pirates like to use
Standard BattlecruisersOracle Class
high slots8
middle slots3
low slots6
powergrid1,375 MW
cpu output345 tf
max. velocity200 m/sec
cargo capacity500 m³
Standard BattlecruisersTornado Class
high slots8
middle slots5
low slots4
powergrid1,000 MW
cpu output342 tf
max. velocity225 m/sec
cargo capacity535 m³
Standard BattlecruisersNaga Class
high slots8
middle slots6
low slots3
powergrid875 MW
cpu output425 tf
max. velocity195 m/sec
cargo capacity575 m³
, and
Standard BattlecruisersTalos Class
high slots8
middle slots4
low slots5
powergrid1,100 MW
cpu output360 tf
max. velocity220 m/sec
cargo capacity600 m³
, so having a tank that can survive 1 or 2 alpha strikes from a Tornado could mean the difference between a pilot being left in a capsule or rookie ship gaining no ECM experience and being in an ECM boat roaming with the fleet gaining valuable experience. Without a buffer to increase your time on grid before in pod, you will never get the time to practise any of your piloting techniques.

Anti-drone Defenses

Having smaller guns or launchers to deal with drone aggro or ECM drones can help a lot. Many ships may not have the range to hit your cruiser if it is at more than 20-50km from them, but their drones are a different matter.

Jam Strength and Number of Jammers

This is most reliant on the fit and the SP of the pilot. If your skills are low, use range and a buffer tank to stay alive until you can figure out how to stay alive with just range and jams power. If you try to use Meta 1 jammers and then put all kinds of jam plus rigs and lows in, sacrificing tank, you won't last long enough to jam anything more than once. A
Standard CruisersCelestis Class
high slots3
middle slots5
low slots5
powergrid575 MW
cpu output375 tf
max. velocity210 m/sec
cargo capacity320 m³
can get those 20 seconds with just a few sensor damps, resolution scripted. Normally, Blackbirds using 6 full mid slots for jammers, a 1600mm plate, and ionic projection rigs will be looking to stay at the furthest engagement envelope feasible. Align time from plates won't be an issue since pre align works around it.

General summary

Blackbirds that expect to be undocking from a station and fighting on grid all the time without range control might want to fit a shield tank + small blasters to deal with drones. Armor works as well if you have the skills. Having enough EHP (20-30k) will allow you to easily jam smaller ships and warp off or dock back up if something is trying to alpha snipe you from the undock. More tank is desired if your reflexes, skills, and abilities are still low. Those with more skills multiply their jamming strength with more jammers, and have a naturally higher EHP and can fit more tank to begin with. A more experienced pilot might be able to jam out 3-6 ships and maintain it through the battle. A less experienced pilot may wish to focus on jamming only 1 or 2 ships.

Blackbirds can be used to solo and bait as well, by fitting a 3 slot tackler build with some tank. In high sec, MWD is often used to kite or keep up with a kiting fleet. Try sitting at tacticals 170km away from your tacklers so you can pre align and warp to them to get jams on the target rather than trying to keep up with the tacklers via MWD. In low sec, having 15k+ EHP to survive small gang Tornado alpha will be more very useful.

When creating your own fits, jamming percent is important and optimal range on the jammers should more or less match the locking range of your Blackbird, with DPS being the last consideration. Autocannons are useful because they do a lot of damage against drones that orbit close, have naturally high tracking to compensate for lower skills of new pilots and don't use cap, but a pilot can use their own preferred weapon system if they can fit it.


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