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Terran Cutlass
ClassM3+ Heavy Fighter
Buy:Warrior of Io @5,640,001 Cr
Speed (Min-Max)86 - 173 m/s
Acceleration (Min-Max)12 - 24 m/s2
Steering (Min-Max)15.8 - 39.5 RPM
Hull Strength10,625
Max. Shield (Total)6 x 25 MJ (150 MJ)
Shield Reactor1,300 MW
Cargo Class (Min-Max)150 - 240 @ L
Laser Capacitor9,000 MJ
Laser Recharge270 MW
                                                                                                         Main x 4
                                                                                                         Front x 2
                                                                                                         Rear x 2


The Cutlass is a very powerful fighter, weighing in as one of the most capable ships short of the corvette class. It does not suffer the speed penalty that shortfalls others in the M3+ class, making it a very dangerous all-purpose fighter. However, since only Terran weapons equip on it, it is very difficult to arm short of an exploit.


Being larger and slightly slower than conventional heavy fighters, the Cutlass can normally be found escorting capital ships and large transport ships.

Physical Characteristics[edit]

Like all Terran fighters, the Cutlass has a streamlined, rocket-shaped fuselage painted white with black trim. It appears to be based largely on the Scimitar chassis, but is broader and flatter to accommodate a pair of defensive turrets.


A fully armed Cutlass is a shockingly efficient killer. Nothing short of a corvette, or a fighter with a particularly brutal front weapon loadout such as the Spitfyre or #deca.cefa, will trouble it in combat. You can trust an automated Cutlass to come off best in almost any dogfight.

It is also one of the very few fighters that can claim to be useful against Kha'ak beam weapons: its shielding is sufficient to keep it alive while its firepower dismantles enemy craft.

On the other hand, the slightly low number of forward-firing EMPCs (with lower shield DPS than even the PAC) capable of being mounted result in the Cutlass dealing damage more over the longer term than as an alpha-strike: therefore it's a good dogfighter, but somewhat less capable at instant raw damage. Also, the fighter needs to be cautious of scout craft as they can easily fly rings around it and its weapons cannot effectively draw a bead on them unless they come flying towards it in a straight line.


The Cutlass mounts only the EMPC for a primary weapon, four fixed, four in two dual-barrel turrets. As secondary weapons, it can use the Poltergeist and Spectre missiles.


The Cutlass is available at most Terran shipyards.

Variant Mars The Moon Saturn Terran Unknown Sector 1
Cutlass x x x

Suggested Roles[edit]

The Cutlass is a carrier fighter par excellence. Its survivability and attack power mean it can defeat most foes, so if enough EMPCs can be gathered for a Cutlass wing, it makes for one of the top choices for an AI controlled fighter, and among the most expensive. However, it will have trouble engaging against scouts, so having a backup wing made up of your own scouts should counter them.

See Also[edit]

Ships by Class
Capital  M1M2 / M2+M7 / M7M / M7C
Escort  M6 / M6+M8
Fighter  M3 / M3+M4 / M4+M5
Transport  TLTS / TS+TPTM
M3+ Ships
Argon  Eclipse (Prototype)
ATF  Fenrir
Boron  Skate (Prototype)
Goner  none
Kha'ak  none
OTAS  Notus Hauler
Paranid  Medusa (Prototype)
Pirate  Eclipse (Advanced) • Kea
Split  Chimera (Enhanced)
Teladi  Kea (Enhanced)
Terran  Cutlass
Xenon  LX
Yaki  Tenjin
Terran Navigation
Terran Factions ATF Aldrin Terran
Core Sectors Asteroid Belt | Earth | Jupiter | Jupiter 2 | Jupiter 3 | Kuiper Belt | Mars | Mercury | The Moon | Neptune | Oort Cloud | Pluto | Saturn | Saturn 2 | Saturn 3 | Titan | Uranus | Uranus 2 | Uranus 3 | Venus
Border Sectors

Aldrin | Aldrin 2 | Heretic's End | Terran Unknown Sector 1 (Megnir) | Terran Unknown Sector 2 (Althes) | Terran Unknown Sector 3 (Segaris) | Unknown Sector (7,4) | Unknown Sector (8,4) | Unknown Sector (8,5) | Unknown Sector (7,5)

Capital Ships M1: Tokyo | M2: Osaka | M2+: Kyoto | M7: Yokohama | M7C: Maccana | M7M: None
Fighters M3: Scimitar | M3+: Cutlass | M4: Sabre | M4+: None | M5: Rapier
Escort Ships M6: Katana | M6+: None | M8: Claymore
Transports TL: Atmospheric Lifter, Mobile Mining Base Ship | TM: Toukon | TP: Scabbard | TS: Baldric | TS+: Hayabusa
Shipyards Mars | Megnir (Terran Unknown Sector 1) | The Moon | Saturn
Racial Wares Carbo Cake | C-Ration | Hull Plating | Ice | Protein Paste | Terran EMP Rifles | Terran MRE | Vita Kai | Water