Imperial Cutter
Moar cutter
Faction Specific
Rank RequiredDuke[1]
Default version
Dimensions192.6m x 111.1m x 33.4m
Cost208,969,451 CR
Insurance10,448,472 CR
Top Speed202 m/s
Boost Speed323 m/s
Shields704 MJ
Hull Mass1100 t
Cargo Capacity164 t
Fuel Capacity64 t
Unladen Jump Range8.21 ly
Landing Pad SizeLarge
Hardpoints8x Utility Mounts
4x Medium Hardpoints
2x Large Hardpoints
1x Huge Hardpoint
Internals1x Size 3 Compartment
1x Size 4 Compartment
2x Size 5 Compartments
3x Size 6 Compartments
2x Size 8 Compartments
2x Size 5 Military Compartments
Maximum/Upgraded versions
Jump Range25.70 ly
Top Speed232 m/s
Top Boost372 m/s
Cargo Capacity792 t
Ship values
Mass lock factor27

The Imperial Cutter fulfils a similar role to 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 Imperial Cutter, manufactured by Gutamaya, is the Imperial Navy's counterpart to the Federal Corvette,[2] 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, exceeding the combat-specialized Federal Corvette and the multipurpose Anaconda. The Imperial Cutter is also currently the second largest playable ship, behind only the Beluga Liner.


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. The pilot's station is offset to the right of the ship's centerline. 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 eight 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, making 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 Heavy, which has a max cargo capacity of 788 tons; only 4T lesser. It also has a lower cargo capacity when shielded, as the Type-9 can equip a lower class Shield Generator. The very high rebuy and repair costs of the Cutter makes shieldless runs incredibly risky, so it is important to keep this in mind as every dink and scratch will cut rather heavily into profits and like the Type-9, it is very difficult to dodge an Interdiction in the Cutter. Combined with its required Imperial Navy Rank can make the Cutter a much less appealing ship for traders.

Unlike the Type-9, it is extremely well-shielded, very fast for its size, and heavily armed, giving it far greater survivability and allowing much better use of it as a combat ship, especially in the piracy role, as it is capable of rivaling a Corvette, Anaconda or Type-10 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; if rather excessive. Like the Type-9 and Type-10 however the ship has terrible maneuverability and often simply cannot dodge interdictions; which can be very problematic for a trader build as you'll usually be fighting Anacondas or better. Keeping a shield generator on will let it handle most NPC pirates; however, the T-9 will outdo it in terms of cargo capacity in this scenario.

When compared to the other two of the big three, the Corvette and Anaconda the Cutter has several notable downsides; other than just the price tag. It has much less jump range than the Anaconda; though better than the Corvette and while it has impressive combat potential, its power distributor is not capable of keeping all its hardpoints effectively powered; thus the ship pales in combat potential compared to the other two, and even a Fer-de-Lance or Python is more than capable of taking down a Cutter. The awful maneuverability is also a major issue with the ship and makes its combat potential suffer even further and is lower than the other two. Compared to the significantly cheaper Type-10, it has the same maneuverability and less hardpoints although its superior placement and good speed can help it defeat a Type-10 in combat; and it also has much better pitch and yaw speeds.

The Cutter is a very effective multi-purpose ship. The ship sacrfies the exploration focus of the Annaconda and combat focus of the Corvette for trading potential. Thus traders looking for a powerhouse ship complete with style will usually find the Cutter very satisfactory, while fighters and explorers may find the Corvette and Conda more useful respectively.

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.

The Imperial Cutter has an available 12 piece cosmetic ship kit that can be purchased from the Frontier store which allows you to "remodel your ship in your personal style". The ship kit does not affect gameplay.

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen Notes
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount, Founders Permit needed
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Avalon Noctilux Feb. 10, 2018
Achenar Bell Terminal Feb. 10, 2018
V374 Pegasi MacKellar Hub Feb. 20, 2018 10% discount
Guuguyni Shen Terminal Nov. 8, 2017
Harm Gentil Hub Feb. 1, 2018
Beta Caeli Lloyd Port Mar. 13, 2018 10% discount
Nahua Fuller Vision June 18, 2017
Minanes Rutan Terminal Sep. 1, 2017
Giryampi Cottenot Terminal Mar. 13, 2018
Gende Baliunas Hub Always available
Lampade Charlois Dock Apr. 29, 2018 Clipper and Eagle also available
Arjung Hiyya Orbital May. 1, 2018 15% discount

Outfitting Edit

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
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Large Hardpoint Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Huge Hardpoint Empty -- -- 4
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 8 8
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters 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
Sensor Suite Sensors 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
Empty -- -- 6
Empty -- -- 6
Empty -- -- 5
Empty -- -- 5
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 4
BDS E 1 3
Empty (Military Compartment) -- -- 5
Empty (Military Compartment) -- -- 5
  • (L) = Loaned
  • [x#] = Capacity
  • BDS = Basic Discovery Scanner


  • The Imperial Cutter was added in the 1.5 "Ships" update on December 15, 2015.[3]

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  2. "The Imperial Cutter fulfills a similar role as the corvette for the Imperial Navy" -