A turret is a rotating weapon platform mounted on a designated hardpoint on the exterior of a ship. A typical turret in Nova mounts two to four projectile or beam weapons and their associated fire control systems. Most turrets provide a 360 degree arc of fire, which makes them useful on larger, more cumbersome vessels such as capital warships.
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The size and expense of turrets means they are not designed into most smaller, non-combat vessels. Nimble warships such as fighters do not gain much advantage from slow-traversing turret-based weapons, so they often skip this feature as well. The only way for ships to gain additional turret mounts is by purchasing the expensive Sigma Mount Reinforcement outfit, which requires a thorough re-engineering of the basic keel structure.