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These lateral Strafe Thrusters allow a ship to travel faster sideways, an advanced technique known as strafing.
  — In-Game Description 

Stats

Strafe Thrusters I
StrafeThrusters1
II
StrafeThrusters2
III
StrafeThrusters3
IV
StrafeThrusters4
V
StrafeThrusters5
SPECIFICATIONS Notepad
Ship Mass 2% 4% 6% 8% 10%
Strafe +20 m/s +40 m/s +60 m/s +80 m/s +100 m/s
Turning -5% -10% -15% -20% -25%
Hull XP 188 XP 581 XP 1,244 XP 2,190 XP 3,251 XP
RESEARCH TechLabResearch
Prerequisites Previous level of Strafe Thrusters
Tech Lab Required III IV VI VIII IX
Time Time 11m 00s 1h 14m 5h 33m 16h 21m 1d 11h 50m
Helium-3 Helium3 16,000 239,305 1,123,560 3,181,635 6,598,400
Antimatter Antimatter 0 12,595 124,840 561,465 1,649,600
Module XP 94 XP 291 XP 622 XP 1,095 XP 1,626 XP
EQUIP ModuleRefit
Time Time 2m 30s 6m 00s 17m 30s 43m 00s 1h 28m
Helium-3 Helium3 3,270 47,994 224,928 636,591 1,319,992
Antimatter Antimatter 0 2,526 24,992 112,340 329,998


General

Strafe Thrusters are basic thrusters designed to increase strafe speed.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages

Strafe Thrusters are excellent on frigates due to their relatively narrow firing arc, enabling them to fire at enemies while simultaneously flying away, without the need to completely turn away in order to gain distance.

They are also used on sniper decoys such as cruisers and frigates, which greatly enhances their ability to dodge incoming projectiles.

Ships with Strafe Thrusters can outmaneuver enemies in close combat, staying inside their blind spots while still being able to fire at them.

Disadvantages

Strafe Thrusters reduce turning speed similar to Rear Thrusters, although the penalty is less severe.

They perform worse than Rear Thrusters in most kiting/catching situations because your maximum speed (i.e. your forward speed) is not boosted, preventing you from gaining/closing distance.

Trivia

  • By equipping a frigate with Strafe Thrusters V, it becomes more efficient to strafe than to move straight forward. This is further exaggerated for the Osprey Frigate.

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