Side view of the Empire Veles
|Class and type:||Combat ship, Interceptor|
|General use:||Combat missions|
|Crew:||1 pilot, 2 gunner, 1 commander, 1 weapons engineer|
|Armament:||18 Autocannons, 1 Rail cannon, 2 Plasma cannons, 8 Torpedo Launchers, 2 Missile Pod Hardpoints|
|Flight time:||464 minutes|
|Thrusters:||4 box, 40 triangle, 20 maneuver|
|Propellant containers:||2 large, 8 small|
Veles is conceptualized as a light corvette that can fill the roles of a skirmisher and an anti-gunship, as well as a frigate's role in larger fleet compositions.
Veles is designed with speed and firepower in mind and the ship is capable of outmaneuvering and outrunning the gunships currently deployed by both the Kingdom and the Empire armies.
The ship has an impressive number of point defense turrets that are relegated to supportive role, as the ship's two primary weapon systems are best used from a long distance.
Rail cannon mounted on the top deck, and a battery of eight vertical launched torpedo tubes enable the Veles' long range firepower.
The ship's high top speed and long range weaponry allow effective use of kiting and hit-and-run tactics.
Veles' secondary intended role is to act as light assault and troop deployment vessel and a long range patrol craft.
However, to maximize speed, Veles class is lightly armored and is ill-suited in close quarters battles.
To mitigate this weakness, array of nine twin autocannon turrets are used as close range point-defense against fighters and missiles.
A pair bow facing plasma throwers and missile pods is installed to support the ship's assault role, and act as supplemental weapons if the ship closes in on the enemy from torpedo range.
Due to the ship's excessive weapons systems, electricity consumption becomes issue when the rail cannon and all of the autocannons are used simultaneously in a prolonged engagement.
Veles Class is plagued by a tight and claustrophobic interior that can become nuisance for it's crew during long patrol missions. This, however, keeps the ship's overall silhouette minimal and plays in it's intended role as long range sniping platform.