BYOTAI IMPERIAL NAVY
The reptilian Byotai are known for their use of heavy movable armour, mass driver cannons and artificial gravity. Tougher than Alliance ships, and better gun platforms. They are vulnerable to swarm attacks, and reliant on fighters and escorts, often provided by other empires.
Pre-Narau treaty Byotai fleets are based around battleships, with escort destroyers. Support squadrons include attack wings of Cohort class ships. The Byotai use fewer, larger ships than the other races. Early Byotai fleets consisted of heavy ships with short ranges, and a requirement for many replenishment bases. Most are now lost, destroyed or scrapped. They suffered against the more agile and faster Biomech ships of the past, especially when bases were lost. They form the second tier as a heavy reserve. Though slow, they are the most powerful ships in existence outside of the Biomechs.
Post-Narau Treaty fleets retain heavy weapons, but the ships are faster, fitted with high-tech tracking equipment and more flexible, plus capable of operating with Helion and other ships. They carry massive membrane solar arrays for harnessing solar winds for high-speed travel. Known collectively as dragonflys in the Alliance.
COHORT CLASS ATTACK CRUISER
The standard front-line warship of the Byotai Navy. Armed and equipped for long duration operations, with enough firepower to directly challenge other capital ships. All weapons are forward facing, and the ships armour is focused along the reinforced bow.
2100 crew, 80 marines
4 x Boarding Shuttles, 8 fighters
6 heavy mass driver cannon, 20 light mass driver cannons
LEGION CLASS BATTLESHIP
Holy relics amongst the Byotai, with only three known Legion Class battleships still in service at the time of the revolution. The class was designed to carry formidable weaponry suitable for prolonged engagements.
3500 crew, 1200 flight crew and pilots, 250 marines
Multiple Boarding Shuttles, fighters and docked escort corvettes
16 heavy mass driver cannon, 50+ light mass driver cannons and turrets
PALATINI CLASS HEAVY CRUISER
Later re-classed as a light battleship. The design is based on an upgraded Schola cruiser, but equipped with larger power systems, crew areas and the notoriously unreliable fusion plasma railguns. Most already scrapped, small number remaining in reserve inventories. Some have had their main weapons removed and have been reequipped with mass drivers only.
6 heavy mass driver cannon, 24 light mass driver cannons and turrets, 2 fusion plasma railgun
SCHOLA CLASS CRUISER
8 heavy mass driver cannon, 24 light mass driver cannons and turrets