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RE: [FT] Efficient Designs (PDS vs C-1)

From: "Robertson, Brendan" <Brendan.Robertson@d...>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 10:02:34 +1100
Subject: RE: [FT] Efficient Designs (PDS vs C-1)

There are a lot of variables on this, the one you forgot is whether
morale is being used.

Against std fighters and missiles, PDS are twice as effective as C-1
(0.8 vs
0.4), the gap closes a little against heavy fighters (0.6 vs 0.4).  For
coverage, you really need 1 PDS per fighter to prevent them getting any
attacks at all, but 3 PDS per std squadron is just enough when fighter
morale is in effect (note that most of the FB1 designs have 3-4 PDS;
to defend against 1 squadron or SML on their own).
Also note that each level of screen adds effectively 0.2 per fighter to

12 C-1 will kill 5 fighters on average & 12 PDS will kill 10 fighters on
average; however against ships, 12 C-1 will inflict 10 pts of damage at
range 12 & 12 PDS will inflict 2 points of damage at range 6.
It really becomes a case of plot against a bell curve and pick the
efficiency rating you want.
Personally, if I was applying 12 mass to active defences, I'd fit 6 PDS,
C-1 & an ADFC.	This balances your offensive and defensive requirements.

Fighters are not cheaper than 12 mass of defences (36 pts).  1 bay of
standard fighters use 9 mass, cost 27 for the bay + 18 for the squadron
pts) NOT including the cost of the ship carrying them.	The fighters
advantage come from being a longe ranged, multiturn offensive weapon;
they need overwhelming superiority or to face weak PDS nets to be truly
effective on their own.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Mancini []
> Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2001 9:11 AM
> Here is a question, what is more efficient: PDAs or 1-bats (formerly 
> C-Bats)?
> In answering this I can think of what the variables are: ratio of
ships to
> fighters, effectiveness of 1-bat vs. ship armor, effectiveness of
> vs. 
> fighers.
> PDA's are single purpose anti-fighter weapons, while the 1-bat can be
> in two roles (anti-ship, anti-fighter).  How many fighters can a PDA
> defend 
> against before being overwhelmed?  I think the answer is 2.5 or 3.  So
> need at least 2 PDA's per-expected flight of fighters.  
> 1-bats are somewhat useful against fighters and somewhat useful
> small ships.	A ship armed with a dozen 1-bats is as offensivly
> as 
> 2 flights of fighters, would the 1-bats be effective enough to stop 2 
> flights of fighters?	Also considering the price and mass, the
> are 

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