The Audacious class patrol frigate was the true successor to the Sword class and it incorporated many of the lessons learned in the operation of that earlier vessel. Three decades of technological progress also helped, allowing for more powerful and efficient power plants and engines. It could achieve a total 1000kps delta-V, allowing a round trip to Saturn in the course of a six month deployment. Better accommodations and more reliable systems allowed for a full year deployment, putting Uranus in range as well, but that system's population didn't top a hundred people until the mid twenty second century. However patrols periodically made the Pluto/Charon run from the inner system; with fueling facilities established on the moon Nix, a round trip was still possible within a year.
Armament was only marginally advanced from the Swords. In general, any sort of weaponry would discourage or force the surrender of pirates and other criminals. A hit from one of the fourteen missiles or either of the lasers or auto cannon would easily disable the radiators of a non-compliant vessel, preventing it from using its power plant for all but the most minuscule thrust. After that, it was merely a matter of matching velocities and boarding the troublesome vessel.
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