Not much has changed since 3.10.2 with the Gladius. It’s a popular ship this month due to the helmet challenge for October.
Overall, a decent “bread and butter” fitting for the Gladius.
I choose ballistic repeaters because this ship will get in close and do massive amounts of damage. Overclocking them only increases the build’s DPS by increasing rate of fire. You’ll go through ammo faster but also chew through enemy ships faster. Overclocking will also allow you to break stronger shield tanks on top of ballistic penetration.
I go with the 16xS1 Arrow I missiles due to the changes with 3.11.0 to missiles and countermeasures. Over 3.10.2’s loadout, Cross Section now has countermeasures which work against it. The Arrow I locks in half a second where the Spark I locks in just under a second and a half. Considering the short range you’ll be firing these missiles, the target has little chance of successfully using countermeasures against the missiles you fire. You should be able to get 4 locks with 4 salvos in under 15 seconds if you get your timings right.
I chose the 2x FR-66 over a mix between the FR-66 and the Palisade as the Palisade drops the shield recharge to 477/second while only increasing the Shield hit points to 14,040 which didn’t seem worth it to me since the Gladius is a ship which gets in close and will likely always be taking hits but at short intervals.
I always use an Atlas in my small ship builds as it is a nice balance between speed and fuel economy. Should I launch this craft from a carrier in the future I’ll opt for a military-class quantum drive for more speed.
I go with the JS series for any combat craft due to lower EM/IR emissions and much lower power draw request time (less than half that of the Breton in this case).
The coolers are honestly a toss up for me. I do prefer the military grade A cooler due to less EM/IR. The industrial Ultra Flow offers better power on request time but you usually don’t power off your coolers once they have been powered on. The Ultra Flow could be used in cases for redundancy or extreme overclocking in the future.. the Glacier handles a complete overclock right now on the Gladius without a problem in 3.10.2, though.