Black Panther II
Black Panther II Class Destroyer
Main Guns 92
Secondary Guns 184
Tertiary Guns 644
Missile Tubes 60
Energy Shielding: Primary Shielding
Sublight Propulsion Plasma thrusters, Plasma Main Drive Units
Faster than light drive (FTL drive) Dimensional phase drive
Municipal Shuttle Hanger
Crew Complement: 800 dedicated to ships operations
Ships Power: Fusion Power
After the long run success of the Panther Class Destroyer Proteus Designs was contracted to produce a successor to class in anticipation of a second war with the Sabors. Proteus designs opted to use thier existing extensive repair network for the Panther that could be invaluable in a future conflict as an inspiration for the Panther II.
Since the latest modules of the Black Panther class destroyer with the latest upgrades in armor, propulsion, power distribution, and weapons including the phalanx weapons system were already produced in large numbers. Proteus opted to use the modular design to extend the length of the Black Panther with two more modules inserted behind the superstructure of the ship to produce the Black Panther II. Besides providing more length these modules gave the ship a more robust power core and more weapons systems. This added length while adding to the ships displacement enough to bring it in closer to a light cruiser than a destroyer, made the ship surprisingly more stable than anticipated, especially in evasive maneuvers. At the prompting of Proteus Designs persuasive argument that thier repair facilities could pull double duty and service both classes. In the first Sabor War Proteus Designs quick turn around of severely damaged Black Panthers was a great asset. While the Black Panther class might be out classed in a Second Sabor War. It was proven and could be a valuable screen especially with its quick repair time. Production of the Black Panther was extended along with new units of the Black Panther II. Newer Black Panthers would be used in the front lines with the Black Panther II while the older Black Panthers would be relegated to internal empire peacekeeping and moved to the front line as needed.
With the success of the of the Black Panther II in the Second Sabor War the class will be in service to the empire for many more years to come.