This Eve Online ship guide will cover The Caldari Buzzard Covert Ops Frigate along with fitting attributes and load-out suggestions. The Buzzard is the Caldari’s only Covert Ops Frigate, however the Manticore also receives bonuses from the Covert Ops skill. Based off the Heron Class Frigate hull, the Caldari Buzzard is capable of fitting Covert Cynosural Field Generators for jumping in capital ships in Eve Online. The Buzzard favors Caldari Eve Online players looking to use kinetic missiles for defense, and probes for scanning down enemy vessels or cosmic signatures.
The Caldari Buzzard is described in Eve Online as: “The Buzzard was developed according to the exacting specifications of Admiral Okaseilen Fukashi, head of the Caldari Navy Recon Division, and was the first production level ship specifically built to take full advantage of the cloaking breakthroughs achieved by Project Mirage at Crielere.” For each level in the Caldari Frigate skill, the Buzzard receives a 5% bonus to Kinetic Missile damage and 5% bonus to the rate of fire of Missile Launchers. Each level trained in the Covert Ops skill gives a -97.5 to -100% reduced CPU need for cloaking device, 10% increase to scan strength of probes, -10% bonus to survey probe flight time per level. The skills required to fly this vessel are; Caldari Frigate level 5, Spaceship Command level 3, Covert Ops level 1, Electronics Upgrades level 5, Electronics level 2 and Engineering level 2. Eve Online recommends the following skill certificates to maximize potential Buzzard fittings; Frigate Launcher Control, Cartographer, Core Competency and Cloak Operator.
The Buzzard averages slightly less than 14 million Isk in the current Eve Online markets. The Ships attributes are as follows:
Fitting Slots: 2 Low, 5 Medium, 3 High (1 Turret, 2 Launcher hardpoints) 2 rig slots (small)
Fitting Stats: 300 CPU, 15 Powergrid, 400 Calibration
Max Velocity: 306 m/sec
Hit Points: 316 Structure, 316 Armor, 528 Shield (625 second recharge)
Capacitor: 218 Capacity, 187.5 second recharge time
Cargo: 190 m3
Drones: 0 m3 capacity, 0 Mbit bandwidth
Max Locked Targets: 5
Targeting Range: 50 km
Eve online Fitting: Buzzard: Perfect Ship Scanner
This Caldari Buzzard fitting submitted by ALERT for Eve Online gives an excellent, as the title suggests, ship scanning scout. The load-out picked by the creator runs upwards of 70 million, but can be brought down by replacing the sisters probe launcher with a regular one, at the cost of reduced effectiveness. This vessel is capable of passively (passive scanning does not alert your target to your investigative actions) scanning ships up to the maximum targeting range of 62,500 thanks to a Sensor Booster II.
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