Kestrel

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Kestrel
Kestrel
Caldari State
Caldari State
ECM PRIORITY
LOW
Gravimetric
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LOW 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 Frigates
Kestrel Class
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The Kestrel is a heavy missile boat with one of the most sophisticated sensor arrays around. Interestingly enough, it has been used by both the Caldari Navy and several wealthy trade corporations as a cargo-hauling vessel. It is one of few trading vessels with good punching power, making it ideal for solo trade-runs in dangerous areas. The Kestrel was designed so that it could take up to four missile launchers but as a result it can not be equipped with turret weapons nor with mining lasers.

SHIP BONUSES

Caldari Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
5% bonus to Light Missile and Rocket damage
10% bonus to Light Missile and Rocket max velocity

Required Skills
Training Time what's this?
25m 0s
Estimated training time only for the listed skills based on zero implants and without neural remaps.
Grouping
▪ Role(s) unspecified
▪ Variations
Manticore
Manticore
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Manticore
Covert Ops Kestrel Class
Icon highlights.pngCan Use Covert Ops Cloak
high slots5(3/2) middle slots4 low slots2
powergrid38 MW cpu output330 tf
max. velocity280 m/sec
cargo capacity265 m³

Ship Attributes

Fittings
Powergrid
powergrid
45 MW
CPU
cpu output
180 tf
Capacitor
capacitor
330 GJ
High
high slots
4
Launchers
launcher slots
4
Turrets
turret slots
0
Medium
medium slots
4
Low
low slots
2
Rig
rigs
3
 
small
Calibration
calibration
400
Navigation
Max Velocity
max. velocity
325 m/sec
Inertia Modifier
inertia modifier (agility)
3.27
Warp Speed
inertia modifier (agility)
5 AU/s
Base Time to Warp
base time to warp
5.05 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.
Drones
No drone bay.
Targeting
Max Tgt. Range
max. targeting range
50.00 km
Max Locked Targets
max. locked targets
5
Gravimetric Sensor
Gravimetric sensor strength
11 points
Sig. Radius
signature radius
38 m
Scan Res.
scan resolution
620 mm
Structure
Structure Hitpoints
structure hitpoints
400 HP
Mass
ship mass
1,113,000 kg
Volume
ship volume
19,700 m³
Cargo Capacity
cargo capacity
160 m³
Armor
Armor Hitpoints
armor hitpoints
350 HP
Armor Resistances
EM
electromagnetic resistance
50
THR
thermal resistance
45
KIN
kinetic resistance
25
EXP
explosive resistance
10
Shields
Shield Capacity
shield hitpoints
500 HP
Shield Resistances
EM
electromagnetic resistance
0
THR
thermal resistance
20
KIN
kinetic resistance
40
EXP
explosive resistance
50


Summary

As expected of the Caldari, the Kestrel is the premier Tech 1 missile frigate. It lacks the speed of the Condor or the strong shield tank of the Merlin, but its four mid slots let it mount a good balance of tank, propulsion and tackle, and its significant missile range bonus makes it a powerful kiting ship against foes its own size.

The Kestrel makes an excellent frigate for Level 1 missions, using the superior range of missiles to avoid damage. It is also popular for solo PvP, where the versatility granted by its mid slots is highly valued.

Skills

The Kestrel is a cheap Tech 1 frigate and is therefore forgiving and not skill-intensive. This doesn't mean that its performance can't be enhanced by skill training, though, and pilots who want to make long-term PvP use of the Kestrel (rather than moving on to other Caldari hulls) can consider their training. Caldari Frigate is the simplest way to improve the Kestrel's performance. Note that the bonus is not purely on damage but also adds to missile velocity, boosting the Kestrel's range. This gives extra room to kite further out against similar rocket ships like the Condor or Breacher. Strong missile support skills help the Kestrel kite, and mobility support skills are important for helping the Kestrel, not New Eden's fastest frigate, control range.

Tactics

In lowsec solo PvP, the most common fit for the Kestrel is an armor tank with dual webs, a scram, and an afterburner. When flying this kind of fit but also more generally, the Kestrel's rocket range allows it to outrange autocannons , blasters, and even pulse lasers with good support skills. When fighting an opponent with long-range weapons, such as artillery, the Kestrel can often get under the guns of the opponent by orbiting close, as the dual webs help make up for the Kestrel's slow speed. The dual webs also can slow down most opponents enough that T2 Rage rockets will apply their full damage.

In nullsec solo PvP, the Kestrel is sometimes found fitted with a shield tank, single web, and a microwarpdrive. The MWD helps deal with bubbles. With a free lowslot, the ship's DPS can be enhanced with a ballistic control system.

Notes

The kestrels are a subgroup of falcons. The common Eurasian kestrel is a small bird of prey which often hovers to hunt by flying into the wind.


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