The Shalashalla is a modern Heavy Cruiser, having come off the assembly line in the past ten years. The Shalashalla was a replacement for the Habala Heavy Cruiser, using updated technology. The Shalashalla started out as an upgrade program, principally to refit the Habala’s primary weapons. However, the new, larger weapon systems required a more extensive re-work – the spinal-mount lazers in particular simply could not be fitted into the Habala’s existing hull. It was thus decided instead to create a more extensive revision and incorporate other new technology. The Shalashalla shares a lot of similar components and composition to the Habala, but was different enough to warrant a new classification.
The Shalashalla is a typical heavy cruiser of average protection and mobility. It is armed with two spinal-mount lazer cannons and sixteen particle beam turrets. The primary PD array and supplementary turrets are classified at rating 180 on the Xygritt’s internal scale. Like many of the smaller vessels, however, the Shalashalla’s firepower is very limited in its rear arc, where only point-defence weapons have coverage.