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The K-4 Cutter is another of Nova Shipworks' entries to the patrol ship market. While the K-1 Gunboat, and especially the K-1c variant, had proved popular with systems governments. In response to some requests given by systems governments for the improvements to the K-1c, Nova Shipworks felt compelled to release a new ship designed for customs and systems patrol.
The K-4 Cutter is a fast, manoeuvrable craft able to keep pace with any fleeing pirate/smuggler craft. The armament package of the K-4 contains a variety of systems suitable for an in-system patrol craft. To stop a ship trying to escape, the K-4 is equipped with both an ion cannon and a tractor beam. As standard for all Nova combat/patrol ships, the K-4 is equipped with a quad laser cannon. A section of marines is carried by the K-4 for bordering actions and customs inspection duty. The most important system on the K-4 is its sensor systems. While its range is inferior to the K-3 corvette, it makes it up with its power which is one of the strongest for a non capital ship.
The K-4 has made a rather limited impact on the market despite its advantages. Imperial customs has made some use of these craft and those governments and corporations that were looking for improved K-1cs. The main reason for this lack in sales stemmed from the already success of the K-1c Gunboat and the flooding of the market from both the other local ship manufacturing companies and the massive influx of patrol ship from outside corporations like CEC and Sienar.
Craft: Nova Shipworks K-4 Cutter
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