|Build cost:||35 RU|
|Build time:||12 sec|
|Maximum speed:||300 m/s|
|Turning rate:||105.0 deg/s|
|Squadron firepower:||23.81 HP/s|
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(FTS) Somtaaw Shepherd Recon
While the UNH funds and controls the largest portion of Kushan military research and development, it does not have a monopoly. All major kiith have rights to maintain their own militaries, including developing their own ships. Foremost among the kiith in this regard is Kiith Somtaaw, their enduring privileges to travel the galaxy at large and handle any signs of Beast resurgence leading both to a strong need for an up-to-date fleet, and a unique perspective. Add regular exposure to diverse technology, and the result is a fleet of relatively exotic ships with purchased designs a rarity.
Traditionally Kiith Somtaaw offers design licenses only to the UNH, and at reasonable rates. Several UNH Command officers have adopted the 'Shepherd' class recon in place of a more conventional scout. Doctrinally the differences are negligible, but Somtaaw sensor packages are considered superior in adverse conditions. The primary drawback of such craft is fewer shared components with contemporary fighter fleets, leading to increased maintenance difficulties.