Taiidan "Fiirkan" Scout

Homeworld Statistics

Class: Fighter
Build Cost
: 35 RUs
Build Time: 12 s
Maneuverability: Very High
: 1,000 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 1,000 m/s
Hit Points: 110
Fuel Capacity: 14,000
Firepower: 6
Coverage: 8%
Mass: 40 tons

Salvage No.: 1
Nav Lights: 0
Special Abilities

Required Tech:

Weapons: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
2 Small Mass Drivers 3-5 4,000 m 0.17 s*

*Burst fire; burst time 1.2 s, burst wait time 1.0 s.

The Taiidan scout-class fighter is code-named by Fleet Intelligence after a small hunting bird native to the temperate deserts on Kharak. The fiirkan hunts by riding the wave-front of the huge seasonal sandstorms, plucking its food as the violent winds drive various small animals from hiding. The bird dives and twists at the edge of the storm, but is never swallowed up by it, and that is exactly how scout pilots prefer to fly this nimble light fighter. With excellent speed, range and maneuverability, but negligible firepower and armor, the Fiirkan class scout must behave as its namesake does; always on the edge of combat, looking for an opportunity, but never being drawn into the storm and certain death. The minimal striking ability afforded by the twin nose-mounted mass-drivers means that in order to pose a serious threat, even to Corvette class vessels, Fiirkans must fight in tight packs in order to concentrate damage. In these large hunting flocks, scouts can be quite dangerous, and a skilled squadron is very difficult to hit with turreted weapons. When used in the purely scouting role, they are usually deployed in pairs, and depend on their high speed to avoid any trouble they might encounter. They can shadow enemy vessels until help arrives.

Fiirkan pilots are proud when other ship's crew refer to them as 'little birds' and their flight emblems, usually revolving around the sharp bloody claw or beak motif, show that they are well aware of how to draw blood from much larger opponents and survive.