Combat Interceptors

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In the October release 2018 the interdiction nullification got removed from combat interceptors. With that the doctrine below lost its key feature and most groups changed to assault frigates with hyperspatial rigs instead.

Combat 'Ceptors

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Interceptors are incredibly fun ships. Their immunity to bubbles, and insane warp speeds mean they are unique in their ability to cover vast areas of Null Sec rapidly and relatively safely. The Combat variants of these ships (Combat Interceptors) also pack a surprisingly good punch for their size. This makes them ideal for Null Sec raiding fleets, aiming to go deep into enemy territory to pick off lone ratting ships

Implementation

The basic tactic is to move very quickly between systems, and, once approaching a promising system where ratting activity is suspected (due to Dotlan intel or otherwise) the fleet will jump into system en-masse, and immediately “Shotgun” the system - where each pilot chooses a random combat anomaly site and warps to it. Any ship which finds a ratting ship at their destination immediately tackles it, then calls for reinforcements by putting “www” in fleet chat

As most scouts already know, with the ridiculous speed and tiny signature radius of an Interceptor, most ships will struggle to hit an un-tackled Interceptor orbing them at 20km, letting the fleet grind down their prey at their leisure

The Combat Ceptors are generally long range fitted. This reduces the overall DPS slightly, however is overall more survivable than brawling in close, where a single scram can deactivate your MWD, and leave you vulnerable

For efficiency, at least 20-30 Interceptors is encouraged, so as to quickly kill any ratting ship smaller than a Carrier, before swiftly moving on to the next system. Moving quickly is key to circumvent the Intel chats which most major Alliances maintain in their Sovereign space in order to warn their members of incoming fleets such as this

A Combat Ceptor fleet should avoid any kind of pitched fleet battle, unless there is the option to harass and pick off stragglers. Your low damage and tank means that you will get decimated by any actual fleet or small gang who is equipped to fight. Your ideal targets are a lone ratting cruisers such as a Vexor Navy Issue or Gila. With enough numbers you might think about a ratting Rattlesnake, however this is generally a tough opponent for any fleet less than 50

It should be noted that there are slight variations on this fleet which use T3 Destroyers as their base to add more firepower, with Logi, EWAR and Combat Probers to provide more comprehensive options for hunting down ratters. These fleets are often able to punch up to kill even Carrier sized ratting ships, however they move slower (typically around 4.5AU vs the 8AU of an Interceptor) and lose the flexibility of bubble immunity. While equally fun, they are generally slightly less suited for roaming deep in enemy Sov Null

Fits and Fleet Composition

Credit for most of these fits goes to Dizzop of Spectre Fleet who is an enthusiastic FC of this doctrine, and has refined these fits over the years

Mainline Ships

Fleet composition is generally just a combination of Combat Interceptors from the 4 races, fitted with their racial long range weapon.

Combat Crusader
Crusader: Combat Crusader
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[Crusader, Combat Crusader]
Small Focused Beam Laser II
Small Focused Beam Laser II
Small Focused Beam Laser II
Small Focused Beam Laser II

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Faint Scoped Warp Disruptor

Micro Auxiliary Power Core I
IFFA Compact Damage Control
Small Ancillary Armor Repairer
Adaptive Nano Plating II

Small Processor Overclocking Unit I
Small Energy Collision Accelerator I



Gleam S x8
Aurora S x8
Imperial Navy Multifrequency S x4
Imperial Navy Standard S x4
Nanite Repair Paste x75

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Combat Claw
Claw: Combat Claw
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[Claw, Combat Claw]
250mm Light Artillery Cannon II
250mm Light Artillery Cannon II
250mm Light Artillery Cannon II

Warp Disruptor II
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive

Gyrostabilizer II
IFFA Compact Damage Control
Small Ancillary Armor Repairer
Adaptive Nano Plating II

Small Ionic Field Projector II
Small Polycarbon Engine Housing II



Quake S x700
Tremor S x700
Republic Fleet EMP S x700
Nanite Repair Paste x64

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Combat Taranis
Taranis: Combat Taranis
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[Taranis, Combat Taranis]
150mm Railgun II
150mm Railgun II
150mm Railgun II

Warp Disruptor II
F-90 Compact Sensor Booster
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive

Damage Control II
Micro Auxiliary Power Core I
Small Ancillary Armor Repairer

Small Polycarbon Engine Housing I
Small Hybrid Collision Accelerator II


Hobgoblin II x2

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Javelin S x2500
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x2764
Nanite Repair Paste x81
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Combat Raptor
Raptor: Combat Raptor
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[Raptor, Combat Raptor]
125mm Railgun II
125mm Railgun II
125mm Railgun II

Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Fleeting Compact Stasis Webifier
Initiated Compact Warp Scrambler

Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
IFFA Compact Damage Control
Micro Auxiliary Power Core II

Small EM Shield Reinforcer II
Small Hybrid Collision Accelerator II



Spike S x2000
Javelin S x2000
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x2000
Nanite Repair Paste x50

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Alpha Fits

It should be noted that low skilled players can also join in, flying T1 Fast Tackle ships fitted with Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer Rigs to help them reach the warp speed to catch up to the rest of the fleet. Such ships do lack bubble immunity though, and should be aware of the risk going into the fleet

Speed Atron
Atron: Speed Atron
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[Atron, Speed Atron]
125mm Compact Gauss Gun
125mm Compact Gauss Gun
125mm Compact Gauss Gun

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Small Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Initiated Compact Warp Disruptor

IFFA Compact Damage Control
Micro Auxiliary Power Core I
Vortex Compact Magnetic Field Stabilizer

Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer I
Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer I
Small Processor Overclocking Unit I



Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x1500
Caldari Navy Iron Charge S x1500
Nanite Repair Paste x25

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Speed Condor
Condor: Speed Condor
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[Condor, Speed Condor]
TE-2100 Ample Light Missile Launcher
TE-2100 Ample Light Missile Launcher
TE-2100 Ample Light Missile Launcher

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Small Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Initiated Compact Warp Disruptor
Initiated Compact Warp Scrambler

IFFA Compact Damage Control
Micro Auxiliary Power Core I

Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer I
Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer I
Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer I



Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile x1000
Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile x1000
Nanite Repair Paste x25

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Support

Given no other ship (except T3Cs) share the Interceptors bubble immunity, it is quite acceptable to have a fleet of only Interceptors. However should you want to add some support, it needs to have a similar (8 AU) warp speed in order not to slow down the fleet. Luckily a Sabre (for bubbles) and a Bifrost (for boosh) can achieve this quite comfortably with the right rigs, providing some nice additional options for catching prey, if you have pilots who can fly them

SpeedSabre
Sabre: SpeedSabre
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[Sabre, SpeedSabre]
Compact Cloaking Device I
125mm Light Gallium Machine Gun
125mm Light Gallium Machine Gun
125mm Light Gallium Machine Gun
125mm Light Gallium Machine Gun
125mm Light Gallium Machine Gun
125mm Light Gallium Machine Gun
Interdiction Sphere Launcher I

Initiated Compact Warp Scrambler
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Medium Shield Extender II
Medium Shield Extender II

Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer II
Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer II



Republic Fleet EMP S x2000
Republic Fleet Fusion S x2000
Republic Fleet Proton S x2000
Warp Disrupt Probe x75
Republic Fleet Depleted Uranium S x2000
Nanite Repair Paste x58

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Speed Bifrost
Bifrost: Speed Bifrost
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[Bifrost, Speed Bifrost]
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Skirmish Command Burst II

Micro Jump Field Generator
Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Republic Fleet Medium Shield Extender
Initiated Compact Warp Scrambler

Damage Control II
Power Diagnostic System II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Small Core Defense Field Extender II
Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer II



Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile x2120
Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile x1800
Nanite Repair Paste x50
Evasive Maneuvers Charge x300
Interdiction Maneuvers Charge x300
Rapid Deployment Charge x300

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Fozzie Claws/Windrunners

A more focused variant of the Combat Interceptor fleet is often seen flown by Sov Null alliances which focuses exclusively on the Claw. The doctrine has been called “Fozzie Claws” due (apparently) to CCP Fozzie who introduced the Interceptor bubble immunity which makes this doctrine possible. Most Null Sec corps have slight variations of this doctrine, however the below is a common fit:

FozzieClaw
Claw: FozzieClaw
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[Claw, FozzieClaw]
280mm Howitzer Artillery II
280mm Howitzer Artillery II
280mm Howitzer Artillery II

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Initiated Compact Warp Disruptor

Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Inertial Stabilizers II
Inertial Stabilizers II

Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints II
Small Projectile Collision Accelerator II



Republic Fleet EMP S x180
Republic Fleet Fusion S x180
Republic Fleet Phased Plasma S x180
Republic Fleet Depleted Uranium S x180
Nanite Repair Paste x100

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These ships take advantage of the Claw’s volley damage with Artillery, which is quite impressive for its size (1k+ Damage per volley), combined with two Inertia Stabilizers in its lows alongside 2 Gyrostabilisers. Combined with a single rig slot devoted to agility, a Claw fit this way can achieve a sub 3s align time, which is close to insta-warp, while still being immune to bubbles, and packing fairly short range, but high volley damage which can be instantly applied to an opponent

A good Fozzie Claw fleet will rarely stay still, using their interdiction immunity, plus insta-warp align times, to land on grid, volley off a ship or two, then immediately shift into warp to reposition for another volley. They combine very well therefore with a combat prober who can provide warp-ins directly onto enemy ships

As Fozzie Claws generally do not fit any tank, they are incredibly fragile as soon as they are targeted, which makes them utterly unsuitable for a pitched battle, and they rely on being able to quickly volley an opponent within 1-2 volleys then leave before the opponent has time to react – meaning that large numbers is the hallmark of the Fozzie Claw fleet

For third partying a fight however, given the unrivalled warp speed and align times, Fozzie Claws in large numbers are fantastic skirmishers, harassing larger fleets with ease, and picking them apart over multiple jumps as they try to flee back to their own sovereign space Due to Fozzie Claw’s being used primarily for Sov Null warfare, and the large numbers required to be effective, this is not a common doctrine for EVE University , and FCs may want to stick to the standard Combat Ceptor fleet above. However it is an interesting fleet concept to note