I thought I would look at how I might use and fit the Raitaru if I was to anchor it in space.
One part of my research was to look at the recent activity of Raitaru on zKillboard.
The research was more interesting than expected.
. On average 472 Raitaru were killed each month in 2018. (A total of 5,671+)
. On average Raitaru killed 94 ships a month, with a dismal 1.5% Efficiency
That looks rather dire.
I then went to look at individual losses and kills. To keep it more relevant to me, I concentrated only on High Sec.
. Many of the Raitaru killed had no fittings. I expect owners stripped them once they had war declared against them. I read in several places that you could use a ship scanner on a structure during its vulnerability window. If that is true, why are so many empty Raitaru killed? Revenge for emptying them?
. Many of the fitted Raitaru had no weapon. On rare occasion there were missiles in their Cargo, which suggests some might have previously been fit.
. Of the fitted Raitaru lost, most had no fuel
. Fitted, armed and fuelled Raitaru losses were in the minority
. There was no evidence of defence in most of the losses
. On very rare occasion a Raitaru was defended by a small gang
. On very rare occasion, a Raitaru defended itself
. Most of the kills were done by between 2 and 4 attackers. Sometimes there could be a dozen or more.
. The most common attacking ships appeared to be Oracle, Talos, Leshak and Vindicator
. The same Corporations kept coming up as attackers
. Many of the modules fitted to Raitaru are expensive. It was clear in plenty of the kills that profit was the motivation / hope
I came away from the research with three thoughts:
. If fitted and fuelled, it is plausible I could defend a Raitaru with two accounts
. Even if I could not save it in the end, I might be able to reset a reinforcement cycle and force the attackers to return with more friends and start over again
. I would need to be careful to limit the value of what I fitted to a Raitaru