The newest class of Alliance frigate, the Leipzig-class is destined to replace the Hastings-class as the Systems Alliance navy’s frontline combat frigate. Where the Hastings-class was armed with spinal mass accelerators and broadsides alike, the Leipzig is armed with Thanix cannons - the first Alliance vessel to be designed with Thanix weaponry rather than retrofitted. In spite of the suggested cost of these armaments, the Leipzig is actually smaller and cheaper than the Hastings, and has been hailed as a model of combat and design efficiency. The Leipzig is 250m with a crew of fifty-six. The Alliance plans to replace the Hastings with the Leipzig as early as 2205. The SSV Leipzig, the first vessel of the line, performed admirably in the Reaper War and further ships are under construction.