Winter!: Prepare for holiday gaming!
Now that I have all the technologies I was looking for, I can finally build the ultimate versions of each of my ships. These are final designs. I might design a few more classes for reasons of variety, but not for technological reasons.
This is my final recon ship.
Although I refuse to skimp on shields and armor, the rest of the available space is filled with Ultimate Detector Systems and ECCM V's. With this much detection power, they should be able to spot ships with a Reactive Cloaking Device (best one in the game) from halfway across the map. With only the leftover space devoted to point defense weapons, I won't be making any fleets of just recon ships alone - these are going in the required picked slots on my attack and transport armadas.