The battlecruiser is a type of terran capital ship employed by the Imperialist and the Alliance. Battlecruisers stem as far back as the early days of the Terran Confederacy. While there are many classes of battlecruisers, all are armed with lasers and protected by neosteel armor. These laser weapons consist of multiple twin-cannon laser batteries for aerial defense and surface bombardment, located across the battlecruiser's hull. Its air-to-air guns—not as powerful as its air-to-ground ones—are equipped with advanced optics and sensors to deal with fast moving targets. The vessel’s air-to-ground guns make use of electromagnetic coils to increase the potency of their shots.