It has long been the train of thought that industrial ships are one of the following.
*Bait for a fleet
*Requiring active scouts
*Unsafe to fly through Jita, trade hubs and the pipes.
For too long the answer for carrying goods has been one of the following
*Do not carry more than X amount in value
*Fly with an escort
*Hire someone else to do it.
*Fly right after down time
*Use a jump freighter
*Use a Wormhole
*Use an alt.
Well can you blame anyone?
They are the aforementioned and those are the best ways to deal with it.
But what if?..
But what if the first thought to come to mind of a would be ganker, who has had his friend scan down the industrial hauler and verified no supporting fleet was immediately following him through the previous system, verifying that he was alone, was not (Easy kill!)
(Is it really just a hauler? Is it really what it first seems?)
That dose not usually come to mind to those that wish to gank an industrial hauler.
Who’s ship’s scan sees all and know all.
But what if?..
That industrial hauler.
Was a wolf in sheep’s clothing? >;)
A ship not with an enormous cargo hold filled to the brim with valuables and no weapons to speak of…No.
A ship packed with powerful targeting computers.
Sporting a massive cap and power grid.
Extra hull reinforcements and armor plating.
A shielded hull with a false data transmitter, tricking ship scanners into seeing what the captain wants them to see and the overview showing just another normal hauler.
A full bracket of heavy drones, rail guns, missiles, bombs, lasers, auto cannons.
As soon as the suspected industrial ship locks on to the ship targeting it the facade falls away.
Relieving beneath, The Q-Ship!
A monster, a war machine purpose built to take down as many ships as possible, before going down.
A small gank gang nightmare.
Enter, The Q-Ship.
Any industrial type ship base could be used, including but not limited to, mining ships, industrial haulers, shuttles, luxury cruisers etc.