[[Image: Astronave_Tau_Clase_Explorador.jpg |thumb|right|Gal'leath Class.]]
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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>
== 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.
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=== 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 via its three Gravitic Hooks.
=== 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]]
== Sources ==
<sup>1 </sup> [[Armada Appendices]], page 100* <sup>2 </sup> [http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?catId=cat1290319&categoryId=1100007§ion=&aId=4300022 Battlefleet Gothic Resources: Tau Fleets] p100-101 (accessed 2010.11.26)
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