XH106 SCV01F Halgat Recon Carrier
(Comes with two Vitokor DNS02A Drone Scout Craft attached on a rear sprue.)
The lightest carrier vessel designated as a carrier, the Halgat Recon Carrier is little more than a heavy frigate. Like the Calgast, the Halgat has a long service history; extended more so because it is not typically deployed as a full combat vessel. The Halgat often operates on its own or with only a light transport, behind enemy lines.
The Halgat carries a sensor array of its own, but its primary job is to act as mothership to a series of Drone Scout Craft, the DNS02A Vitokor of which is the most recent. The Halgat will deploy to a safe system and then deploy its pair of Vitokors to fly to local systems and investigate. The Vitokors, being fully automated, can operate for extended periods – and can even be shut down into a waiting state with nothing but the most basic passive sensors operational for even longer.
When their task is finished, the Vitokors will either return with the data or transmit it back to the Halgat’s communications systems via a specially encrypted transmission disguised to look like background noise. The twin arrays on the Halgat’s sides are highly sensitive and attuned to the transmissions specifically from the Vitokor, which drastically reduces the Vitokor’s transmission power requirements, making both vessel more secure.
The Halgat relies more on evasion for protection, and has a high sublight speed and agility. It has some particle beam arrays for point-defence, along with a limited number of light torpedo tubes, but only moderate shields – suitable for dealing with enemy recon fighters in small numbers, but not against enemy capital ships of any significant size.