Republic Fleet Firetail

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Republic Fleet Firetail
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Republic Fleet Firetail
Minmatar Republic
Minmatar Republic
ECM PRIORITY
LOW
LADAR
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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.


Faction Frigates
Republic Fleet Firetail Class
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Contents

The Firetail is modeled off a fighter frigate known as the Shamrock, a design used by a small, now-extinct pirate faction known as Lazari Dromitus. The blueprint found its way into the hands of Matari military forces after a raid on Lazari Dromitus's headquarters succeeded in killing its leader, thus beheading the organization and scattering its remnants to the four winds. It has since been improved upon and upgraded, and the Firetail is now a mainstay in most Republic Fleet patrols.

SHIP BONUSES

Minmatar Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
25% bonus to Small Projectile Turret damage
10% bonus to Small Projectile Turret tracking speed

Required Skills
Training Time what's this?
1h 42m 40s
Estimated training time only for the listed skills based on zero implants and without neural remaps.
Grouping
▪ Role(s) unspecified
▪ Variations

none

Ship Attributes

Fittings
Powergrid
powergrid
40 MW
CPU
cpu output
150 tf
Capacitor
capacitor
280 GJ
High
high slots
3
Launchers
launcher slots
1
Turrets
turret slots
2
Medium
middle slots
4
Low
low slots
3
Rig
rigs
3
 
small
Calibration
calibration
400
Navigation
Max Velocity
max. velocity
410 m/sec
Inertia Modifier
inertia modifier (agility)
3.2
Warp Speed
inertia modifier (agility)
5 AU/s
Base Time to Warp
base time to warp
4.87 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
35.00 km
Max Locked Targets
max. locked targets
5
LADAR Sensor
LADAR sensor strength
10 points
Sig. Radius
ship signature radius
35 m
Scan Res.
scan resolution
700 mm
Structure
Structure Hitpoints
structure hitpoints
525 HP
Mass
ship mass
1,098,000 kg
Volume
ship volume
16,500 m³
Cargo Capacity
cargo capacity
135 m³
Shields
Shield Capacity
shields
675 HP
Shield Resistances
EM
shield electromagnetic resistance
0
THR
shield thermal resistance
20
KIN
shield kinetic resistance
40
EXP
shield explosive resistance
50
Armor
Armor Hitpoints
armor
675 HP
Armor Resistances
EM
shield electromagnetic resistance
60
THR
armor thermal resistance
35
KIN
armor kinetic resistance
25
EXP
armor explosive resistance
10


Summary

The Republic Fleet Firetail - usually just called Firetail - is a high speed close range brawler. While being not as fast as the Dramiel it's still able to hold its own against other frigates and even bigger ships, simply dodging their turrets and missiles while still being able to hit them.

Its skill bonus acts as a strong multiplier to its otherwise low to medium firepower, essentially doubling the amount of turrets with Minmatar Frigate IV. In addition the tracking bonus ensures better hits even while orbiting targets with an afterburner running indefinitely.

Considering the ship bonuses and overall gameplay style the ship can act as a stepping stone from more common and generic T1 frigates to faster and more advanced ships, such as the Dramiel or T2 frigates, especially Assault Ships and Interceptors. Thanks to its speed and superior tracking it's a very interesting hull, even for more experienced pilots being able to fly more expensive ships.

Skills

  • Small Projectile Turret IV
    Due to the slot layout, the low amount of turrets and the ship's bonus, it's essential to fit two small projectile turrets. Other weapon systems will perform far less effective. While T2 projectile turrets are optional, they greatly increase the damage potential of the Firetail.
  • Motion Prediction IV
    Due to the high velocity of the Firetail, it can be hard to properly hit targets, even for experienced and skilled pilots. As such every added tracking helps, making this skill rather mandatory.
  • Acceleration Control, Afterburner, Fuel Conservation, and Navigation IV
    These skills further improve the ship's velocity as well as its ability to keep the Afterburner running indefinitely. This makes it easier to keep up with targets as well as avoid being hit.
  • Minmatar Frigate IV
    With only two turret slots in the highs, training this skill to IV is essential for the Firetail's damage to match the performance of the Rifter's. Although the ship comes into its own with the skill trained to V, with anything less than IV the pilot is probably just as good flying a Rifter instead.

Fitting

For more info on fittings, please click here

Tactics

  • Always fit an Afterburner for PvE: Given its speed and natural shield regeneration, the Firetail can simply speed/signature tank most lower level missions as well as cosmic anomalies and DED sites without further adding resistances or repair modules. However this greatly depends on skills and experience. Some missions and situations might make it necessary to fit a MWD instead to quickly reach some specific point or get in range to destroy a critical object like a Stasis Tower.
  • The Firetail can be tanked either way: It's possible to shield tank, armor tank or simply speed/signature tank the ship. While this is up to personal preference, the ship really starts to shine when the pilot tries to outmaneuver enemies and their weapon systems rather than taking the hits. This frees up valuable low and mid slots to further improve the gun' tracking, damage and rate of fire. Given its price compared to common T1 frigates however, newbie pilots should try to gather experience while being properly tanked (or possibly overtanked).
  • Don't get caught: As with all lighter tanked Minmatar ships, the Firetail can't sustain heavy hits and suffers greatly from speed impacting effects, such as Stasis Towers or Stasis Webifiers.
  • Orbit or strafing runs: While it can be a lot more convenient to simply set a close orbit around a target, the Firetail can be even more effective doing strafing runs by burning right through or past enemies. Before leaving the falloff range, simply turn around by up to 180 degree and repeat. Especially when close by this will increase the transversal velocity a lot. The Firetail is affected by this as well, but it's able to counter part of this with its own tracking bonus.
  • Get close and personal: While it might be tempting to use the Firetail's tracking bonus in conjunction with artillery, the ship is far better off with autocannons. At high distances the ship can't take advantage of its high velocity and the limited Powergrid makes fitting artillery even less desirable.

Notes

  • While it is possible to fit two projectile turrets as well as one missile or rocket launcher, it might be more effective to either use the third high-slot for capacitor warfare or leave it empty to free up CPU and Powergrid for other modules, such as Webifiers or Warp Scramblers.
  • Blueprint Copies with either 1 or 3 runs for the ship hull can be obtained from several Minmatar corporations. However, it might be cheaper to simply buy the ship off the market and use the LPs to equip the ship (with faction ammo for example).

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