Good day everyone. I, as somewhat of a tinkerer of concepts, have thought of some ways just to consider. They may not be used, but that really does not matter. Since Blue Planet is however the creators want it to be.
Let's start with probably the (actually certainly) most abused ship of the class: the UED Toutatis. Admiral Calder, being faced with GTA warships designed to fight Shivans, often sends the ship his flag is on directly into a line of battle, directly contradicting the defensive minded design of the baseline Solaris. At some point (as many sources indicate after Delenda Est) he is going to have to change the design mission requirements in what would become his variation of the class. Sacrificing hanger space, facilities and operations as well as reorganizing the layout of the relevant interior, he has at his disposal two Toutatis-scale Mass Drivers (basically the range of a Narayana-scale gun with twice the damage). Here is what I think should take place in conjunction with or instead of what has taken place in the code.
The Toutatis still has the baseline Hitpoints and armor value in the code. Unless I am mistaken, I would think that given the weapons being thrown around in the current war (particularly from some shock-jump from a Titan-class destroyer), Calder would want to have extra insurance if something does hit as hard as what the Terran element of the GTVA throws. Perhaps enough armor to survive two volleys from a Titan's main beam guns having 60 seconds of time to get away instead of 30. This, again I could be mistaken, would be relatively easy to do given the base value.
Now based upon my calculations of the Mass Driver#Toutatis and other weapons, I could probably get away of fitting four Mass Driver#Narayana's and have increased volume of fire for the same space dedicated. Maybe even more if the best case scenario. One of my troubles with some weapons, if the're too similar, why should I have one over the other. I would, from a standpoint of uniqueness, make the bigger gun the Toutatis mounts a pair of either have increased base damage or increased range.
And that leads us to something potentially cool at the cost of reworking a very complicated model. The slabs of hull that you as the player can fly under could be much cooler in practice by making them as non-targetable subsystems that act as spaced-armor. This could make the Solaris-class as a whole more interesting and ad another visible reason why some in the Council of Elders were so passionately opposed to sending funds to the construction projects for these ships. They become more survivable (at general angles, it would not be able to provide complete coverage) and give the player an interesting spectacle to watch and think "Man, this must not be cheap to replace!"
Thank you for reading my post. I look forward to you're replies if any.