Kushan "Spectre" Cloaked Fighter

Homeworld Statistics

Class: Fighter
: 85 RUs
Build Time: 45 s
Maneuverability: High
: 975 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 775 m/s
Hit Points: 150
Fuel Capacity: 10,000
Firepower: 10
Coverage: 10%
Mass: 40 tons

Salvage No.: 1
Nav Lights: 0
Special Abilities

Required Tech:
Fighter Drive
Fighter Chassis
Cloaked Fighter

Weapons: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
2 Small Projectile Cannons 8-11 5,800 m .17 s

Cloaking technology is on the cutting edge of Kushan science, and is only employed on one of their ships. The Spectre strike craft, based on the heavy fighter chassis, uses light-curving energy fields to render the ship invisible to both sensors and the naked eye. This first application of light-folding has not been without its trials and tribulations, and much of the heavy fighter's weapons and armor capability had to be removed to make room for the field generators. This makes the fighter somewhat vulnerable when it has to drop the cloaking effect to attack, and these fighters are often more useful in a scouting role or in small groups, raiding support vessels deep in enemy-controlled space.

It is rumored that constant exposure to the cloaking fields can have a destabilizing effect on pilots, and a certain eccentricity amongst Spectre squadrons seems to bear this out. Calling themselves simply "The Invisibles", most of these pilots have lost loved ones to enemy action, and see themselves as personifications of the ancient spirit of vengeance, often taking incredible risks to track down and destroy crippled enemy capital ships. Observers have noted that Specter squadrons have even destroyed ships that have already surrendered, though all cases have been dismissed as the result of combat confusion and communication jamming. Some Invisibles believe that the cloaking fields let them see into the dark spaces between the stars, and there are dark rumors of disturbing rituals held in unused launch bays. These accusations, of course, have never been proven, and the Spectre cloaked fighter remains one of the most important tactical assets of the Kushan fleet.