Type-10 Defender
Type-10 Defender with T9 and T7
ManufacturerLakon Spaceways
Years Produced3303-Present
TypeCombat Freighter
Cost124,755,342 CR
Insurance6,237,767 CR
ExpansionElite Dangerous: Horizons
Default Specifications
Landing Pad SizeLarge
Dimensions135.1m x 118.4m x 39.3m
Pilot Seats3
Fighter HangarYes
Hull Mass1,200 t
Mass Lock Factor26
Armour Hardness75
Shields99 MJ
Top Speed179 m/s
Boost Speed219 m/s
Unladen Jump Range6.97 ly
Cargo Capacity220 t
Fuel Capacity64 t
Hardpoints8x Utility Mounts
2x Small Hardpoints
3x Medium Hardpoints
4x Large Hardpoints
Internals1x Size 2 Compartment
2x Size 3 Compartments
2x Size 4 Compartments
1x Size 5 Compartment
1x Size 6 Compartment
1x Size 7 Compartment
1x Size 8 Compartment
2x Size 5 Military Compartment
Maximum Non-Engineered Specs
Top Speed200 m/s
Boost Speed245 m/s
Unladen Jump Range25.75 ly
Cargo Capacity532 t

The Type-10 Defender is the result of collaboration between the Alliance and Lakon Spaceways. With the threat of xeno-war looming, the Alliance's naval arm saw the urgent need for a weapons platform capable of withstanding heavy, sustained attack. Utilising a reinforced Type-9 chassis as a starting point, Lakon overhauled and geared every aspect of the design for combat, producing a military behemoth that could be produced in volume at short notice.

— In-Game Description

The Type-10 Defender is a Lakon Spaceways ship that represents a comprehensive revision of the Type-9 Heavy. The Alliance commissioned Lakon to build the Type-10 to combat the escalating Thargoid threat following a series of attacks against Stations in the Pleiades Nebula. Announced on December 17, 3303, Lakon committed to an aggressive production schedule that delivered the Type-10 in volume to retailers the following week.[1] Lakon intended the Type-10 to be "particularly effective in combat situations".[2]


The interior of the Type-10 is identical to that of the Type-9, including the same co-pilot placement. It also has the same hardpoints, however, it now has 4 additional large hardpoints; 2 on both the top and bottom, near the medium hardpoints. The utility mounts are similarly located in the same places, with a few extra dotted in symmetrical fashion

Like the Type-9 Heavy it was based on, the Type-10 Defender is a slow, bulky ship, having the tied lowest manoeurvability with it, however substantial modifications to the design give it more versatility. The Type-10 is not only somewhat faster than the Type-9, but has stronger armour, better heat management, double the utility slots, four added large weapon hardpoints, and two Military Compartments, making it a viable warship. The Type-10 retains the Type-9's compatibility with Multicrew and ability to mount a Fighter Hangar.

When compared to similar ships in its price range, those being the big three, Anaconda, Cutter and Corvette, the Type-10 has better armor and similar shielding to the Anaconda, as well as the single best potential damage output in the game. While this works on paper, a position where all hardpoints can converge on a single target is borderline impossible due to the ship's mobility and hardpoint spacing. Its low mobility compared to the other three also makes it easy to counter and gimballed weapons may never even have an opportunity to hit a target, thus turret hardpoints are highly recommended. Another issue shared with the Type-9 is its issues with bounty hunting; its low speed and woeful mobility makes catching up to targets both in and out of Supercruise very tricky and Interdictions become difficult to perform and avoid. Unlike the Type-9, it also cannot hold a class 8 Shield Cell Bank alongside its class 8 Shield Generator, which could prove problematic. It also suffers from a low jump-range when compared to the other big three.

The Type-10's focus on combat-readiness gives it another disadvantage over the Type-9: reduced cargo capacity. While the Type-10 can still haul more than most other ships and can be configured into a well-protected heavy trader, the Type-9's higher capacity and lower purchase price makes it the superior choice for pure trading. Furthermore the Type-10 attracts the highest class of pirates; usually flying Anacondas or better which can prove a huge nuisance when outfitted for trading; however, its higher Mass Lock Factor can help in this situation.

Despite the issues the Type-10 is one of the best ships in PVE combat; having turreted hardpoints set to fire at will can allow the ship to destroy most adversaries without the player needing to press a button, making it possible to use fighter hangers without the need of a crew member. This also makes it a deadly NPC ship to fight against.

The Type-10 also features mobile structural elements, like the Diamondback Explorer. The ship's small wings are extended during flight, but will fold up when landing gear is deployed.

The Type-10 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
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Tellus Ahern Enterprise December 20, 2017
Huokang Steiner City December 20, 2017
Udegoci Kroehl Orbital December 20, 2017
Ross 129 Yang Hub December 22, 2017
70 Virginis Fawcett Hub December 22, 2017
LHS 2771 Sarafanov Vision December 23, 2017 No longer here, July 9th, 2018.
LHS 3356 Bentham Dock December 30, 2017
Leesti George Lucas January 2, 2018 No longer available as of June 3, 2018
CE Bootis Moskowitz Gateway January 4, 2018
LP 275-83 Nusslen-Volhard Terminal January 9, 2018
Polakahuna Hardy Dock January 13, 2018
Cadubii Abe Gateway February 5, 2018
Wolf 406 Hamilton Gateway March 12, 2018


Main article: Outfitting

All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Type-10 Defender.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Small Hardpoint Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Large Hardpoint Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Military Compartments Empty -- -- 5
Empty -- -- 5
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 6 8
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 7 7
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 6 7
Environment Control Life Support E 5 5
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 7 7
Sensor Suite Sensors E 4 4
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x64] C 6 6
Internal Compartments Cargo Rack [x128] E 7 8
Cargo Rack [x64] E 6 7
Shield Generator E 6 6
Cargo Rack [x16] E 4 5
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Empty -- -- 4
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Empty -- -- 3
BDS E 1 2
  • (L) = Loaned
  • [x#] = Capacity
  • BDS = Basic Discovery Scanner


  • The Type-10 Defender's existence was accidentally revealed on August 17, 2017, in an in-game list of Multicrew-capable ships.[3] It was immediately speculated to be a renamed Panther Clipper, a heavy cargo ship which had been expected for years and hinted at in concept art for Elite Dangerous: Horizons, but this was debunked by Frontier Developments.[4] Frontier subsequently teased an unidentified new ship that was assumed to be the Type-10 in a trailer for upcoming 2.4 content at Frontier Expo 2017, but it was not until December 15, 2017 that the ship was officially announced via the weekly Elite Dangerous Newsletter.[5] The Type-10 was finally made available in-game on December 20, 2017 as part of update 2.4, The Return.
  • Upon its initial release, the Type-10 retained the same Cargo capacity as the Type-9, in addition to having superior performance in almost all other areas. In the next patch, the Type-9 received an additional Class 8 compartment, bringing its total cargo capacity closer to the Imperial Cutter's.




  1. Galactic News: Lakon Announces New Ship
  2. Galactic News: Type-10 Defender Now Available
  3. Steam User Images: Screenshot of the new Multicrew tab, with a list of Multicrew-capable ships, in the Comms menu as seen in the 2.4 beta
  4. Frontier Forums: Type-10 Defender, new ship (not yet purchasable)
  5. Elite Dangerous Newsletter #205 (December 15, 2017)