I really do agree it should have a battle cloak. It should be in the form of a 3 piece TACTICAL console set where each console gives a bonus to Chroniton Torpedo. Equipping 2 pieces gives a buff to stealth and the 3 piece set gives a battle cloak and a -10 to all power levels.
I think that would be an amazing deal for those defiant pilots that really want to utiliize battle cloaks.
Only if BoPs no longer have to pay such high costs for shields and hull, should the Defiant be given a BC. If all Romulan ships and the Defiant can all have BCs for very little given, then so should a BoP.
funniest thing happens with Battlecloak, in a C&H hte other day, I 'bumped hulls' with a Fed in one of those Tal'Shiar adapted destroyers...while HE was undercloak. Now, with good Aux settings, I saw him-and took great advantage of the fact that he was essentially shieldless and unable to return fire.
I almost wanted to say, "Guess what? you just got killed by an Engineer!!!"
Lesson: Battlecloaking doesn't make you cool.
I'll second Antoniosalieri's statement: if you want a Fed that Battlecloaks, roll a Romulan-fed (Fedmulan?) and get yourself the T5 T'Varo-it's basically a Defiant with a Battlecloak everywhere but the artwork and a small sacrifice to power...
oh, right, that word again, "Sacrifice". KDF ships sacrifice for their cloaking, BoPs for Battlecloaking, Romulan ships sacrifice for cloak...so, feds, you want BC-what're you offering to give up in exchange for that?
Oh, right...you want best hull, shields, power, weapons, consoles AND Battlecloak, with NO sacrifices.
silly fed, it doesn't WORK that way.
"when you're out of Birds of Prey, you're out of ships."
On my main Fed character, I have a Fleet Tactical Escort Retrofit and Tactical Escort Retrofit.
I care less about Battle Cloak and more about rolling that console into an inherent ability for the Tactical Escort Retrofit so I can free up a console slot. But, if they did that, then I'd be annoyed that I paid $25 for a T5 ship with nothing special about it except for cloak (which a lot of the KDF ships in the Z-store already have plus a special console). So, I would expect them to make up for it by replacing the console with something else, which would mean I would probably still need to use a console slot for the replacement console.
I prefer standard Cloak over Battle Cloak, because if I'm fired on, it immediately hits shields rather than hull. I do enjoy Enhanced Battle Cloak on my Fleet B'rel Retrofit, however.