|Dimensions||192.6L - 111.1W- 33.4H|
|Top Speed||202 m/s|
|Boost Speed||323 m/s|
|Hull Mass||1100 t|
|Cargo Capacity||164 t|
|Fuel Capacity||64 t|
|Unladen Jump Range||8.21 ly|
|Landing Pad Size||Large|
|Hardpoints||8x Utility Mounts|
4x Medium Hardpoints
2x Large Hardpoints
1x Huge Hardpoint
|Internals||1x Size 3 Compartment|
1x Size 4 Compartment
2x Size 5 Compartments
3x Size 6 Compartments
2x Size 8 Compartments
2x Size 5 Military Compartments
|Jump Range||25.70 ly|
|Top Speed||232 m/s|
|Top Boost||372 m/s|
|Cargo Capacity||792 t|
|Mass lock factor||27|
The Imperial Cutter is the Imperial Navy's counterpart to the Federal Corvette, and requires an Imperial Navy rank of Duke in order to be purchased. With a base cost of almost 209 million credits, it is the most expensive ship in Elite Dangerous, followed by the Federal Corvette and the Anaconda. Comparing the Imperial Cutter with those two ships (sometimes collectively referred to as the "big three" by the community), the Imperial Cutter is specialized for trading and decent in combat, whereas the Federal Corvette is specialized in combat and decent at trading, and the Anaconda is a multipurpose ship. The Imperial Cutter is currently the second largest playable ship, behind only the Beluga Liner. It was added in the 1.5 "Ships" update in December 2015.
The Imperial Cutter fulfils a similar role as the Corvette for the Imperial Navy. The design philosophy reflects Imperial sensibilities as it is faster and more elegant than the Corvette, but doesn't quite match it in firepower. As with other Imperial warships the Cutter is also used for projecting soft power, via diplomatic missions and support for friendly powers. It is possible, although rare, for a well connected client or patron to own one of these ships. Like the Corvette, some models can deploy two small fighter sized ships, although civilian models are restricted to one.
— In-game description
The Cutter is a heavily armed ship, featuring four medium hardpoints: two on the nacelles and two on the chin; two large hardpoints on top of the ship and a single huge hardpoint on the chin. Notably, the exterior lights on the ship change color from blue to red once hardpoints are deployed. It has 8 utility mounts and is one of the 7 ships compatible with fighter hangar for ship-launched fighters as of the release of Horizons: Guardians.
With a staggering 792 tons of max cargo capacity, the Imperial Cutter has the largest cargo bay of all playable ships in the game, an almost 50% increase in size from the Type-9 Heavy, while having significantly better defensive and offensive capabilities and speed than the latter. This makes it an ideal ship for traders. However it is also the most expensive ship in the game at a cost almost three times higher than a Type-9, and requires very high rank with the Empire to purchase.
Unlike the Type-9, it is extremely well-shielded, very fast for its size, and heavily armed, giving it far greater survivability and allowing use of it as a combat ship, especially in the piracy role, as well as being more than capable of rivaling a Corvette or Anaconda in combat. In addition, with plenty of internals available to mount mining accessories while still leaving the largest open for cargo holds, excellent speed for moving from asteroid to asteroid, and a sufficiency of medium weapon mounts, the Cutter is an excellent choice for mining.
The pilot's station is offset to the right of the ship's centerline. Currently, the primary and secondary fire group HUD brackets are misaligned with their centerline being far above where the weapon reticles appear. This means that it is not possible to use the center of the side brackets to align the ship with a destination as doing so will cause the ship to fly under the target and not straight at the target. Instead, for alignment in supercruise, use the center space between the repeating series of bars that appear to indicate speed and movement as a general guide to line up the ship with distant destinations along with the nav compass.
|Avalon||Noctilux||June 21, 2017|
|Achenar||Bell Terminal||June 06, 2017|
|V374 Pegasi||MacKellar Hub||May 15, 2017||Courier, Clipper and Eagle also here|
|Harm||Gentil Hub||23 Sept. 2017||15% discount = 177,624,034 cr|
|Beta Caeli||Lloyd Port||10 June 2017||10% discount = 188,072,505 cr|
|Nahua||Fuller Vision||18 June 2017|
|Minanes||Rutan Terminal||01 Sep. 2017|
All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Imperial Cutter.
|Category||Default System||Default Rating||Default Class||Max Class|
|Medium Hardpoint||Pulse Laser (L)||F||1||2|
|Pulse Laser (L)||F||1||2|
|Reactor Bay||Power Plant||E||8||8|
|Frame Shift Drive Housing||Frame Shift Drive||E||7||7|
|Environment Control||Life Support||E||7||7|
|Power Coupling||Power Distributor||E||7||7|
|Fuel Store||Fuel Tank [x64]||C||6||6|
|Internal Compartments||Shield Generator||E||8||8|
|Cargo Rack [x128]||E||7||8|
|Cargo Rack [x32]||E||5||6|
|Cargo Rack [x4]||E||2||4|
- (L) = Loaned
- [x#] = Capacity
- BDS = Basic Discovery Scanner
- ↑ https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=209378&page=2&p=3222741#post3222741
- ↑ "The Imperial Cutter fulfills a similar role as the corvette for the Imperial Navy" - http://inara.cz/galaxy-shipyard/75
- ↑ https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=191898
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