Cutlass variants
ManufacturerDrake Interplanetary
Maximum Crew3-4
Standalone Price$100-$150
Mass (empty)33.000-36.000 Kg
Cargo Capacity150 Freight Units[1]
Length29 m
Height7 m
Beam25 m
Upgrade Capacity [?]12
Max Power Plant Size [?]4[2]
Main Thrusters [?]TR4
Maneuvering Thrusters [?]TR3[3]
Max Shield [?]4

The Cutlass variants are three multicrew ships by Drake Interplanetary. The Cutlasses serve multiple functions, such as: Patrol, Police, Mercenary, Bounty Hunter, Search & Rescue and Militia. However, more oftenly it is associated with space piracy. [4]

Cutlass variants

Cutlass Black

The Cutlass Black is the main militia/patrol variant. It has less armor and is more stealth-orientated.

Cutlass Red

The Cutlass Red is the Search & Rescue ship of the Cutlasses. It has a medical facility in the cargo bay.

Cutlass Blue

The Cutlass Blue is designed to be a police ship. It features a better engine, missiles and Durasteel holding cells in the cargo bay.

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.[5]

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.[6][7]

See Also

Development Timeline

November 2012

The Cutlass is added to the initial ships roster.[source?] It's priced the same as the Hornet and Freelancer with arguably aggressive concept art and the description of a pirate-favoured fighter with slightly less armament and improved cargo capacity.[source?] The package also included "bonus" tractor beam and docking collar.[source?]




  1. RSIIcon Ship Stats on RSI Website (with updates as of May 21, 2014)
  2. RSIIcon Ship Stats on RSI Website (with updates as of May 9, 2014)
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  4. RSIIcon {{{text}}} on RSI Website
  5. Star Citizen Ships Development Document (Note: Page is temporarily inaccessible on the RSI website)
  6. RSIIcon Forum Topic: "Ask our designer: Pete Mackay", page 8, comment #1247487 on RSI Website
  7. Reverse the 'Verse, episode 40 @27:55
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