-- SCYTHIAN NAVAL ARCHIVES --
-- BRITANNIAN INTELLIGENCE FILES --
-- "EDINBOUGH" CLASS LIGHT ASSAULT DREADNAUGHT - MK-II --MK-I
After ten months of operation, the Edinburgh Class Light-Assault-Dreadnaught has proven itself against a few of the foes of the Empire - the Britannians showing their might against the Scythian Empire in particular - the ships impressive capacity would blow away entire strike groups of Monarch class battleships and Despot class Cruisers. In recent months however, a series of glaring design flaws have appeared in the design.
First of all, the armoured doors designed to protect the ships "Hellhammer" cannon are prone to locking and jamming over time due to the immense recoil created by the epic cannon - which has lead to their removal on almost all ships of the class. Going into combat and being unable to use the ships primary weapon has claimed more than a few Edinburgh class ships in a recent sortie with a Scythian Deity Class Star-Juggernaught, which left only 2 surviving Britannian ships out of a wolf-pack of 9. Another removal is the missile bay doors for the same reason, which have been removed and replaced with another loading rack for the now exterior-mounted compliment of 198 Cavorite Enhanced Tri-Nuclear missiles (adding another 66 missiles to the existing 132 on the MK-I of the class).
The entire super structure of the ship has been rebuilt from scratch to efficiently handle the recoil of the Hellhammer, which has now lead to the addition of considerably more armour plating and another two Heavy Battle Cannons - and the ships bridge has been moved back along the super structure of the ship to be mounted behind the missile launchers, widened and then given another layer of shielding - these advantages together giving the ships bridge crew and captain additional protection and battlefield awareness.
Another critical flaw in the class was its lack of fighter and bomber interception abilities, as the vessel was armed for capitol-ship to capitol-ship only weaponry, so with the existing alterations to the ships structure, the black hole generators that had been provided by the Immortal Empire have been moved and mounted further within the ships armoured shell - and the rear section of the ship now has a considerably sized hangar bay for the storage, maintenance and launch capacity of a moderately sized wing of fighters and bomber craft to protect the fighting ship of the line.
The only major flaw in the design is now its engine structure - which could not be replaced or upgraded without putting considerable stress on the ring-mounting array. Placing anything more powerful onto the existing mounts would risk ripping the entire ship to pieces, even with the considerable upgrades to the ships internal layout.
As a result, the Edinburgh MK-II has traded its speed- for fire-power, armour, force projection and durability.
How this plays out in the void, remains to be seen.