Selective cloaks were simply shipboard cloaking shields that were neutralized on specific frequencies. The "transparent" frequencies were determined by resistance chips inserted into the generator while powered down; however, it was about an hour's work to replace a chip, hardly something that could be done in the middle of a battle.

Selective cloaks were used to conceal a ship while allowing it to obtain targeting and navigational telemetry from an external source. This source could be a specially equipped fighter, a support-class ship, another capital ship of some kind, or even a stationary source such as an orbital station.

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