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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 13
07-18-2011, 09:36 PM
To be honest, I don't think it's paying for the cloak with the engineering console, it's paying for it's turn rate. The Raptor is the same in most regards, but has an extra engineering console. It's also noticeably more sluggish in manouvering. Since this is where the differences are between the two, I'd assume that this is what's being paid for, not the cloak. I think it's generally accepted that the Defiant outclasses the Raptor, since the manouverability aids it in its job far more than the Raptors engineering console aids it. Also, it's worth bearing in mind that even with a rare Mk XI RCS console, the Defiant is still more nimble.