The Ares-class Assault Frigate is a 850 metre long starship used by the New Cyrannian Republic. Unlike most large Republic ships, the Ares-class is designed purely for combat and is armed to the brim with heavy turbolaser cannons, ion cannons, vortex torpedo launchers and an experimental superlaser mounted on its prow. The Ares-class can trace its origins back to Old Republic frigates used against the Cognatus in the early stages of the Intergalactic War, though they are significantly more advanced.
The Ares-class Assault Frigate began development soon after the creation of the New Cyrannian Republic by the same designer behind the mighty CRS Republica, flagship of the Republic fleet. Launched into service alongside the Republica, the Ares-class frigate saw action in many of the Republic's early conflicts with civilisations such as the Rihanae Pact and the Bisistar Domain, utilising its heavy firepower expertly against enemy vessels. During the Great Battle of Venetia, Ares-class frigates launched by the Republica were instrumental in destroying many of the Bisistar World Eaters while during the Cataclysm in the Neutral Zone they were likewise utilised as escort vessels against the demonic forces of the Corruptus.
With a laterally split hull and a narrow profile, the Ares-class frigate is a notable step away from the typical design aesthetics often utilised by the Republic, harkening back to less advanced ships used against threats such as the Mortalitas in the years prior to the formation of the United Republic of Cyrannus. Nevertheless, though based on older designs, the Ares-class is a fearsome warmachine feared by the Republic's enemies. With a devastating experimental superlaser located on the bow of the ship the Ares-class is designed purely for war and is poorly equipped to deal with diplomatic incidents or exploration missions. Though quite large at eight hundred and fifty metres in length, the CRS Republica is equipped with a vast underbelly hangar bay capable of launching twelve sub-units, all of which belong to the Ares-class. These ships are used to provide cover fire for the far larger Republic flagship.
- Based on the Strident-class heavy frigate from Halo.