Oh come on.. Really? This ship is over powered? How? The most effective combination of BO's I can see so far is a Fleet escort. Pfft.. what ever. Every new ship that gets released is OP.
Well, you see, a fleet escort has 15 base turn rate, not 20, and a defiant has 17 base. A fleet escort has 30000 hull, not 33000 (though a raptor has 33000, so maybe it has weaker raptor shields). Trading a weak sci console slot for the best console slot, an engineering console, is also a big plus.
I don't know about you, but my fleet escort runs two RCS consoles. This thing could do the same and run circles around it.
Base Turn Rate: 20 degrees per second ... defiantR has 17
Impulse Modifier: 0.22 ... dunno
Hull Strength: 33,000 ... defiantR has 30000
+10 Power to Weapons, +5 Power to Engines ...defiantR has + 15 weapon so about equal.
Summing up: This is sick. That thing is not just a little better it is mindblowing better and has no drawbacks whatsoever. EVERY Escort is going to be replaced by this.