Well those fall under the category of being a crappier luna.
The Science Vessel Retrofit has the same console and Boff Layout as the luna with less shields, a lower shield modifier and less hull, but with 1 degree/sec more turn-rate. It's also going to be much, much harder to get, so it's not really worth it.
The Fleet Science Vessel retrofit, on the other hand, has a LtC Tac slot, which could be very useful. It still has stats lower than the Recon Science Vessel, but they are better than the SV-R. Unfortunately, it still has the same console layout as the RSV (strange since every other fleet retrofit has ten consoles, so I would have expected the FSV-R to have 2 eng 4 sci and 4 tac given the tactical bent it has).
I think the SV-R would be better off having the stats and console layout it has but with a LtC. tac boff slot, to give it a bit more advantage over the RSV, and more reason to actually get one.
Wait - I thought all of the Fleet ships were going to have 10 consoles? Could it be a bug?
well getting to t3 will probably only take a couple of months for a decent sized fleet so you'll have your ship
i think its great cryptic are doing this tbh
Don't get me wrong - I think it's great too. Just saying, it it'd been a straight-out C-store purchase I'd have brought it in a heartbeat.
Will be interesting to see if it'll take cannons too - I seem to recall that it can take 'single' cannons, not sure about dual cannons. Eitherway, could put cannons to good use on a nimble little ship, with a healthy turn-rate, like the Nova!