Cutlass Black
ManufacturerDrake Interplanetary
Primary FocusMilitia
Secondary FocusPatrol
Maximum Crew3
Standalone Price$100[1]
Mass (empty)33,000 Kg
Cargo Capacity150 Freight Units[2]/37.5 Standard Cargo Units[3]
Length29 m
Height7 m
Beam25 m
Upgrade Capacity [?]12
Max Power Plant Size [?]4[4]
Factory Power PlantTyler Design D/Tech Soniclite A1220[5]
Main Thrusters [?]TR4
Maneuvering Thrusters [?]TR3[5]
Max Shield [?]4
HardpointsWeapons Systems
Class 1
Size 3
Joker Suckerpunch[6]
(Size 1, Quality 1)
Class 2
Size 3
K&W CF-117 Badger[6]
(Size 2, Quality 2)
Class 3
Size 2
None Equipped[6]
Class 5
Size 1
MaxOx NN-13[6]
(Size 1, Quality 2)
Additional EquipmentWing mounted radiators,
Nav-E7 Secure Docking Collar (Quality 1),
Suregrip Tractor Turret[4]

Official Description

Drake Interplanetary claims that the Cutlass is a low-cost, easy-to-maintain solution for local in-system militia units. The larger-than-average cargo hold, RIO seat and dedicated tractor mount are, the company literature insists, for facilitating search and rescue operations. While it’s true that Cutlasses are used throughout known space for such missions, their prime task and immediate association is with high space piracy. Cutlasses, often operating in groups, menace distant transit lanes to prey on hapless merchants. A single Cutlass can ravage a mid-sized transport and a pack operating as a clan can easily take down larger prey. STOL adaptations allow these interceptors to operate off of modified transports or pocket destroyers; the most common warships that make up pirate caravans.[7]

The Drake Cutlass comes in 3 varieties:

Designer note: the idea is that Drake Interplanetary builds ships which are ostensibly for legal purposes (local militias, etc.) but are ‘obviously’ for pirates: so it has the appearance of a military fighter, but mated to an awkwardly larger hull for collecting loot; it should have visible forward-facing tractor beams and a seat for a second crewman even though there’s no turret (as you’ll need a second man to board an enemy ship.) It also has a cheaper build quality: if Anvil is building Jeeps and Origin is building BMWs, this is a Honda.

Designer note: The Cutlass can land inside the Idris.[8][9]

See Also


Development Timeline

November 2012

The Cutlass is added to the initial ships roster.[10] It's priced slightly below[11] the Hornet and Freelancer due to developer plans that as a high-risk profession piracy would benefit from a cheaper and more "disposable" ship than more law-abiding career paths[12], with arguably aggressive concept art and the description of a pirate-favoured fighter with improved cargo capacity and a second crewman for boarding.[13] The package also included a skull-and-crossbones hull skin, a tractor beam and docking collar.

See Also


  1. RSIIcon Cutlass Black Standalone Price on RSI Website
  2. RSIIcon Ship Stats on RSI Website (with updates as of May 21, 2014)
  3. Template:Reddit
  4. 4.0 4.1 RSIIcon Ship Stats on RSI Website (with updates as of May 9, 2014)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 RSIIcon Drake Interplanetary Cutlass 2945 brochure on RSI Website (23.0MB PDF download)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 RSIIcon The Cutlass Black on RSI Website
  7. Star Citizen Ships Development Document (Note: Page is temporarily inaccessible on the RSI website)
  8. RSIIcon Forum Topic: "Ask our designer: Pete Mackay", page 8, comment #1247487 on RSI Website
  9. Reverse the 'Verse, episode 40 @27:55
  10. Star Citizen Kickstarter Update #42 "Pirate Ships for Sale & Announcing Subscriptions!"
  11. Add-ons
  12. Star Citizen Live Stream (Ch1) @ 28 Jun Part 15 @9m
  13. Update #38 "$4 Million! New System, New Ship, New Goals!"
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