Author Topic: (Research) Active Probes on DropShips  (Read 1313 times)

Saklad5

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(Research) Active Probes on DropShips
« on: 02 June 2023, 10:54:28 »
Page 106 of the fourth printing of Strategic Operations: Advanced Aerospace Rules says that units with an Active Probe apply a -2 modifier to Detection Checks. Page 204 of the sixth printing of TechManual says that DropShips may mount Active Probes (though since it doesn't include advanced rules, it goes on to specify that they only affect units on ground maps).

Large Craft normally cannot benefit from electronic warfare equipment intended for lighter units: indeed, the ECCM rules for Active Probes on page 99 of SO:AAR cannot be used by DropShips. This leads me to suspect this is an oversight rather than a deliberate inclusion, not least because that is a remarkably powerful effect for a mere 500 kilograms on a DropShip.

If it is, in fact, intended, I have a follow-up question: do the Detection Check modifiers for mounting an Active Probe and a Naval Comm-Scanner Suite stack? This applies to Small Craft as well.
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Re: Active Probes on DropShips
« Reply #1 on: 04 July 2023, 18:53:34 »
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Re: Active Probes on DropShips
« Reply #2 on: 06 August 2023, 07:25:09 »
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Re: (Research) Active Probes on DropShips
« Reply #3 on: 03 September 2023, 12:22:07 »
As an example of why this is suspect, the Small Naval Comm-Scanner Suite (also on page 106) provides a smaller effect on Detection Rolls despite being as much as two hundred times heavier.

I'd have assumed that vehicular-scale Active Probes, like vehicular-scale ECM Suites, are dwarfed by the inherent capabilities of Large Craft, and therefore provide no additional benefit.