Sparrowhawk lost too much maneuverability; it now seriously struggles at the one thing it was genuinely good at, killing VTOLs. It's too fragile, too cumbersome, and too weak. It needs something. The 2xPPC variant is a blast but it's supposedly being nerfed?
The maneuverability was a terrible issue in 0.7.1. I am pretty satisfied about it to be honest. Point is, it has an XL 240, so it's not really supposed to be super-duper agile.
And yes, PPC Sparrowhawk will be gone in next patch. What is wrong is that, despite we have enough tonnage, we can't put assault class weapons on it. So, I'm going to change the engines, instead.
I put together some math magic that allows us to have automatically generated maneuverability values based on the engine and on the tonnage. We already have Sulla A, and sulla D, which are way more agile than other sullas because the values have been calculated using 350XL engine instead of the default 315 XL.
What this means is that in the next patches we will have variants with bigger engines (SparrowHawk with 300 XL will be a blast, I promise you
), even more armor and just the right amount of weapons