Federal Assault Ship
Federal Assault Ship 2
ManufacturerCore Dynamics
Years Produced3300-Present
Cost19,814,210 CR
Insurance990,710 CR
Faction RankChief Petty Officer
Default Specifications
Landing Pad SizeMedium
Dimensions73.8m x 49.5m x 22.8m
Pilot Seats2
Fighter HangarNo
Hull Mass480 t
Mass Lock Factor14
Armour Hardness60
Shields133 MJ
Top Speed215 m/s
Boost Speed358 m/s
Unladen Jump Range8.33 ly
Cargo Capacity32 t
Fuel Capacity16 t
Hardpoints4x Utility Mounts
2x Medium Hardpoints
2x Large Hardpoints
Internals1x Size 1 Compartment
2x Size 2 Compartments
1x Size 3 Compartment
1x Size 4 Compartment
2x Size 5 Compartments
2x Size 4 Military Compartment
Maximum Non-Engineered Specs
Top Speed244 m/s
Boost Speed406 m/s
Unladen Jump Range23.05 ly
Cargo Capacity98 t

Based on the Federal Dropship, the Federal Assault Ship sacrifices the flexibility of its sibling in favour of a more combat-oriented profile. Faster and more manoeuvrable than the Dropship, and boasting two medium and two large hardpoints, this is a vessel that has been designed to strike fast and hard. The trade-off for this power and agility is a reduction in internal compartments, making the Assault Ship less versatile than the Dropship.

— In-game description

The Federal Assault Ship, also referenced as Federal Dropship MkII and abbreviated as FAS, was introduced in the CQC update and is a combat-oriented variant of the Federal Dropship by having improved speed and manoeuvrability over the latter without compromising firepower or defense.


The Federal Assault Ship's agility comes at the cost of fewer Internal Compartments, which makes it more of a fighter than a multipurpose ship.[1][2] Also similar to the Federal Dropship and the Federal Gunship is the fact that the Assault Ship has weak shield but strong hull strength, which leads to them being commonly referred to as "hull tanks". Pilots must earn the rank of Chief Petty Officer with the Federal Navy in order to purchase the Federal Assault Ship.

As a combat ship, the Federal Assault Ship's main competitor is the Alliance Chieftain when considering for a purchase. Both ships have identical core internal compartments, identical agility ratings (the Federal Assault Ship has higher boost speed but lower base top speed), similar defensive capabilities (the Assault Ship offers significantly better module protection than the Chieftain, but has a weaker shield) and very similar base price tags. However, the Chieftain has slightly better firepower and its hardpoints are slightly better placed, has slightly better optional internal compartments, but is mass locked by the Federal Assault Ship. While the Chieftain has no rank requirement for purchase unlike the Federal Assault Ship, it does require the Horizons expansion.

The weapon hardpoints are located as follows: one top mounted large hardpoint located behind the cockpit, one bottom mounted large hardpoint located on the nose of the ship, and two medium hardpoints located in the bottom of the base of each lower wing. The locations of the bottom mounted hardpoints are in identical to those on both the Federal Dropship and the Federal Gunship.

Purchase Locations

System Station Date Seen Discount
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
KP Tauri Spedding Orbital Oct. 1, 2019 15% discount
Maikoro Hawking Port Oct. 1, 2019 15% discount
Dinda Mount Sunday Oct. 1, 2019 15% discount
Fiden Panshin Ring Oct. 1, 2019 15% discount
G 41-14 Ramon Hub Oct. 1, 2019
82 Eridani Bresnik Port Oct. 1, 2019
Dulos Wilson Ring Oct. 1, 2019
HR 2283 Musgrave Dock Oct. 1, 2019
Dahan Dahan Gateway Oct. 1, 2019
LHS 302 Kavandi Dock Oct. 1, 2019


Main article: Outfitting

All ships are customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Federal Assault Ship.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Large Hardpoint Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 6 6
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 6 6
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 5 5
Environment Control Life Support E 5 5
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 6 6
Sensor Suite Sensors E 4 4
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x16] C 4 4
Internal Compartments Shield Generator E 5 5
Cargo Rack [x16] E 4 5
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Empty (M) -- -- 4
Empty (M) -- -- 4
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 3
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Supercruise Assist E 1 1
Planetary Approach Suite (H) I 1 1




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