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Gal'leath Class Battleship

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[[Image: Astronave_Tau_Clase_Explorador.jpg |thumb|right|Gal'leath Class.]]
[[Category:Fleet (Tau)]][[Category:Naval Vessels]]
 
The '''Gal'leath''' class battleship (known as the '''Explorer''' among the Imperials) was the first major interstellar vessel developed by the [[Tau]]. Compared to the average speed of an [[Imperial]] ship in the warp, the Explorer could barely approach a fifth of this speed. It is also significantly less well armed, and armoured, compared to most battleships. It does have a massive cargo capacity however and is much cheaper to produce than other ships of similar tonnage. Indeed, it was only the advent of war with the [[Ork]]s that finally made the Tau design an alternate vessel for interstellar combat, a role to which the Explorer is ill suited to undertake alone.<sup>1,2</sup>
The '''Gal'leath''' class [[battleship]] (known as the '''Explorer''' among the Imperials) was the first major interstellar vessel developed by the [[Tau]]. Compared to the average speed of an [[Imperial]] ship in the [[warp]], the Explorer could barely approach a fifth of this speed. It is also significantly less well armed and armoured, compared to most battleships. It does have a massive cargo capacity, however, and is much cheaper to produce than other ships of similar tonnage. Indeed, it was only the advent of war with the [[Ork]]s that finally made the Tau design an alternate vessel for interstellar combat, a role which the Explorer is ill suited to undertake alone.{{Fn|1}}{{Fn|2}}
== Configurations ==
The Explorer has undergone many different refits and reconfigurations since its inception. The two most common that are still active within the [[Kor'vattra]] are the Mk XXIII Vash'ya and the Mk XXIV Bor'kan configurations.<sup>{{Fn|1,}}{{Fn|2</sup>}}
=== Vash'ya Configuration ===
The more popular design incorporates a multi-arc prow [[Railgun ]] battery, and the capacity to field eight squadrons of attack craft as well as escorts that do not have [[Gravitic Drives Drive]]s via its three [[Gravitic HooksHook]]s.
=== Bor'kan Configuration ===
This arrangement utilises two of the flight bays to house [[drone ]] controllers, allowing the ship to use Tau [[torpedoes]].
==Notable Gal'leath Class Battleships==
*[[Kessan|Dal'yth Gal'leath Kessan]]<sup>{{Fn|2</sup>}}
== Sources ==
*<sup>{{Endn|1</sup> }}: [[Armada Appendices]], page pg. 100*<sup>{{Endn|2</sup> }}: [http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?catId=cat1290319&categoryId=1100007&section=&aId=4300022 Battlefleet Gothic Resources: Tau Fleets] p100, pgs. 100-101 (accessed 2010.11.26)
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