The Kurga are human, but they come from beyond the Known Worlds of the Noble Houses, and are thus seen as barbarians. However, even though their society shares much with the steppe barbarians (such as the Mongols) of our history, they are anything but primitive.
At first glance, their fleet seems comparable to those of the Noble Houses, with raiders, frigates, cruisers, and the rest. However, in play, you will find them very different. The Kurga have a greater reliance on fighters, with two carriers in their list and a dreadnought capable of launching them as well. While they have no dedicated heavy fighters, the Kurga have the Bogatyr which is a multirole design that can double up for heavy work. However, their most feared fighter has to be the Khangard, a ‘martyr’ fighter designed to speed towards the enemy and detonate on impact!
As befits their barbarian image, the Kurga are also extremely capable during boarding actions and this, combined with their unique heat blasters that can devastate enemy crew, makes them a far more sophisticated fleet than the ‘one trick pony’ many nobles consider them to be.
Ignore them at your peril!