The Fusion Drive is subject to all of the drawbacks of the Ion Engine, including the chance of engine burnout, when operated at high speeds for extended periods, and a maximum speed ceiling for a given hull size. However, the Fusion Drive is capable of a higher maximum speed for a given hull, and is capable of generating that speed using less engines per movement point.
While the Fusion Drive is not capable of the high speeds attainable by the Tactical Engine, nor is it as maneuverable, it does not have the same vulnerability to missile attack. The Fusion Drive's performance comes solely through an increase in power generation. This increase comes at a price, however.
The Fusion Drive's major drawback is a necessary result of it's increased ability. In order to obtain higher maximum speeds, the engineers who designed the Fusion Drive had to drastically increase the output of the fusion reactors powering the engine systems. This increase left these reactors much more vulnerable to damage than the Ion Engine. Whenever a Fusion Drive mounting ship is damaged in an engine room, there is a 20% chance of a catastrophic failure of the reactor containment system. This failure can result in a terrible explosion, ripping the ship apart from the inside out.
|Engine Power Requirements|
|Hull Designation||Hull Size||Fd||Fdc|
|EX/FT0||5-7||1/6 (12)||1/6 (6)|
|ES/FT1||8-12||1/4 (12)||1/4 (6)|
|CT/FT2||13-16||1/3 (10)||1/3 (5)|
|FG/FT3||17-20||1/2 (10)||1/2 (5)|
|DD/FT4||21-30||2/3 (8)||2/3 (4)|
|CL/FT5||31-45||1 (8)||1 (4)|
|CA/FT6||46-60||1.5 (8)||1.5 (4)|
|BC/FT7||61-80||2 (7)||2 (4)|
|BB/FT8||81-100||2.5 (7)||2.5 (4)|
|SD/FT9||101-130||3 (6)||3 (3)|
|ML/FT10||131-165||4 (5)||4 (3)|
|MT/FT11||166-200||5 (5)||5 (3)|
|MH/FT12||201-250||6 (4)||6 (2)|
|SM/FT13||251-300||7.5 (4)||7.5 (2)|
|LN/FT14||301-400||9 (3)||9 (2)|
|JG/FT15||401-500||12 (2)||12 (1)|
In effect, a catastrophic failure has the possibility of created a chain reaction, wiping out the ship. This necessitates protecting the engines from enemy fire.
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