Unfortunately, the Varanus is ultimately just an inferior KDF version of the Nebula/advanced research vessel retrofit. The repair platform is quite subpar as well. The relatively better turn rate will help it as a gravity well spammer though.
Very true, but the Veranus / Fleet Veranus is also the ONLY truly dedicated Science ship in the faction's lineup. Everything else is a hybrid. The BOP can be made a Science monster, but there are severe pro's & con's to that. The worst con is being fragile in PVP.