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Advanced Rear Thrusters that allow a ship to travel faster by increasing exhaust velocity.
  — In-Game Description 
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Rear Thrusters.

Rear Thrusters I II III IV V
Mass 2% 4% 6% 8% 10%
Ship Speed +20 m/s +40 m/s +60 m/s +80 m/s +100 m/s
Rotation Speed -7% -13% -20% -26% -33%
Research
Tech Lab Required II IV VI VIII X
Time 4d 9h 13d 3h
Helium-3 13,065 195,976 2,936,700 14,110,200 60,053,760
Antimatter 0 0 0 1,567,800 15,013,440
Build
Time 1m 4s 4m 16s 17m 4s
Helium-3 2,088 8,353 23,865
Antimatter 0 0 0

Rear thrusters are common thrusters used on board ships used in combat against bases and other fleets. Rear thrusters increases the ship's maximum speed by a static constant amount while occupying a portion of the ship's mass proportional of its current mass.

Most common use of rear thrusters are on frigates, players usually equip Rear thrusters III or Rear thrusters IV on Talon frigates and Nighthawk frigates, albeit almost all Nighthawk frigates are equipped with Rear thrusters IV. The increase to speed allows the ships to blitz enemy ships, chase fleeing ships or run during a battle for reasons such as irritating that is to the pursuer or avoiding unnecessary losses in a battle that cannot be won. Generally, frigates equipped with long range weapons must have Rear thrusters to ensure they are able to kite slower ships. Frigates with Mass drivers and Rear thrusters III are capable of kiting high level VEGA Corporation fleets and destroying them in under five minutes with little damage.

Rear thrusters are also used on cruisers, particularly on Exodus cruisers and Revelations cruisers. The boost in linear speed allows the cruiser to charge into the core of a player's base and destroy it.  

Keep in mind that whatever ships that are equipped with rear thrusters suffer a penalty their rotation rate. Battleships equipped with rear thrusters can be easily outmanoeuvred by frigates and destroyed. Nighthawks or Talons frigates in particular can be outmanoeuvred by an enemy frigate. Their low rotation speed and 135 angle degree of fire can render a single lone frigate with Rear thrusters IV helpless whilst another frigate constantly strafe-rotates around it, firing at point blank range. 

With the Rear thrusters being by far most common thruster at mid levels and deemed indispensable by many experienced players, consider its weakness and improvise during battle to take advantage of it in fleet vs fleet battles.

It should be noted that Fusion thrusters are currently the most common thrusters to use in combat because of both its speed and rotation speed increase.

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