While ill suited to taking on capital vessels of similar size or larger, the Bloodhawk was well equipped for engaging starfighter and freighter class vessels. Between its heavy turbolasers and multiple laser cannons, it could go toe to toe with as much as six moderately armed stafighters at a time. Weapons aside, its greatest asset was its speed. Like all Carrack-class ships, the Bloodhawk had a top speed that matched that of X-wing starfighters. This made the ship ideal for intercepting pirate and smuggling vessels.
Havod alloy from Nkllon was used to plate the hull, giving the ship a deep crimson appearance which is where its name was derived from. The alloy was not often seen due to its rarity; however, it was just as if not more durable than standard durasteel, offering adequate protection, although its hull would not handle well under the concentrated fire of heavy turbolaser batteries or higher. Due to its small size the cruiser did not possess an internal hangar bay. To compensate for this, an exterior rack was added, allowing the ship to hold a total a five specially modified Manta-class Assault Starfighters.
- 10 Heavy Turbolasers
- 20 Laser Cannons
- 5 Tractor Beam Projectors
- 5 Manta-class Assault Starfighters
- 150 NOE Stormtroopers