burst time 1.2 s, burst wait time 1.0 s.
Because of its high maneuverability, the Scout is excellent
for creating diversions and light harassment while avoiding
The Kushan Arrow Scout was the first armed strike craft to be
designed and built by Kushan Tactical Analysts on Kharak for
the Mothership's journey to Hiigara. There was initially some debate, especially among the more pacifistic kiiths,
on whether such a military craft would even be necessary on
what was intended as a peaceful colony mission. However, the
cautionary arguments of the warrior kiiths were able to sway
the majority, and production went ahead. Even so, the Arrow
would be the only armed craft accompanying the Mothership
during its first hyperspace trial, and would
therefore be the Mothership's only viable instrument of
defense in the event of the unthinkable.
was extensively tested before the launch of the Mothership
in the Kharakian orbital proving grounds and just after
launch in mock combat trials.
Unfortunately, the real combat test came all too soon after
the Mothership's first hyperspace jump, against
Raider fighters and corvettes. In this unexpected crisis,
the Arrow performed above all
expectations, with its superior speed and maneuverability
overmatching the clumsy and weakly-armed pirate ships. Although it would be
quickly supplemented by the heavier Blade
Mk.5 Interceptors, the Arrow would continue in both the
space superiority and the tactical reconnaissance role, where
its speed allowed it to
scout enemy positions and report back to the Mothership with
valuable data without incurring significant losses.
When used in the scouting role, Arrows were usually deployed
in pairs, with one ship serving as wingman, backing up the
primary craft should they run into trouble. On occasion,
scouting teams acted as decoys, buzzing through enemy
emplacements and tempting over-zealous commanders to give
chase, leaving the primary target open to attacks from
the main Kushan force.
from a historical point of view, the Arrow was more than
just an early, cheap scout. Several notable Kushan aces,
including the legendary Suo Nabaal, actually preferred the
Arrow to the heavier Blade, mainly because of its superior
speed and maneuverability. It was frequently a subject of
jokes from flight-line personnel that veteran Arrow pilots
routinely insisted that their craft be referred to as 'Light
Interceptors' rather than 'Scouts.'
Arrow scout continued to serve with distinction until the
end of the Homeworld War, at which time it was formally
retired in favor of the high-efficiency-engine version of
the Blade interceptor.
versions of the "Light Interceptor" had an armored
fairing on the starboard side of the engine (seen in the
bottom image at right), discarded in the production version.