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F8A Lightning

UEE Navy next generation space superiority fighter
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F8A Lightning
ManufacturerAnvil Aerospace (ANVL)
RoleHeavy fighter
SizeSmall
Crew1
SeriesF8 Lightning
Cargo capacity0 SCU
Production state
Pledge
AvailabilityNot available for sale
Specifications
Length26 m
Beam24 m
Height8 m
Combat speed260 m/s
Max speed760 m/s
Mass55,339 kg
Lore
Introduction2933 CE; 17 years ago (2933)
Developed fromF7A Hornet Mk II
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The Anvil F8A Lightning is a heavy fighter used is used as a space superiority fight in the UEE Navy. It was specifically designed to counter heavy Vanduul craft, such as the Glaive and Scythe. it is a more nimble, more heavily armed fighter craft than its F7 predecessor, trading off a second turret for more fixed weaponry.

Use of the F8A Lightning is generally restricted to elite UEEN squadrons, though the F8C Lightning civilian variant is beginning to see greater adoption.

Specifications

Notes: Some of the following stats are extracted from the game file of Alpha 3.9 and some of the components may be placeholder.[1]

Avionics
Radarnav.svgRadars
1x
S1
GRNP - Groupe Nouveau Paradigme
Computernav.svgComputers
1x
S1
S Computer
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Systems
Powerplantnav.svgPower plants
1x
S2
AEGS - Aegis Dynamics
Coolernav.svgCoolers
2x
S1
AEGS - Aegis Dynamics
Shieldgeneratornav.svgShield generators
4x
S1
ASAS - Ascension Astro

Propulsion
Fuelintakenav.svgFuel intakes
2x
S1
S Fuel Intake
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Fueltanknav.svgFuel tanks
2x
S1
S Fuel Tank
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Quantumdrivenav.svgQuantum drives
1x
S1
TARS - Tarsus
Jumpdrivenav.svgJump drives
1x
S1
S Jump Module
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Quantumfueltanknav.svgQuantum fuel tanks
1x
S1
S Quantum Fuel Tank
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Thrusters
Mainthrusternav.svgMain thrusters
3x
SX
Main Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Maneuveringthrusternav.svgManeuvering thrusters
2x
SX
Retro Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
12x
SX
Gimbal Maneuvering Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer

Weaponry
Weaponnav.svgWeapons
2x
S4
BEHR - Behring Applied Technology
2x
S3
BEHR - Behring Applied Technology
2x
S3
KLWE - Klaus & Werner
Turretnav.svgTurrets
1x
S5
Remote turret
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Missilenav.svgMissiles
2x
S3
BEHR - Behring Applied Technology

Model

Variants

  • F8C Lightning: The F8C Lightning is the civilian variant of the F8A Lightning.

Special editions

  • F8C Lightning Executive Edition: The F8C Lightning Executive Edition is an exclusive edition F8C Lightning with a black and gold livery and a premium cockpit detailed with gold. It is only available to concierge members who hold the rank of Praetorian (USD$15,000 pledged). Previously, it was only available to Legatus (USD$25,000 pledged) concierge members until the introduction of the Praetorian rank and the 600i Executive Edition.[2]

History

The F8A won the UEE Navy's Next Generation Star Fighter bid, surpassing Aegis' Dogfighter 3000 in the 2nd place and RSI Black Widow in the 3rd place, becoming the latest heavy fighter utilized by the navy.[3]

Invictus Launch Week

999th Squadron special edition

During the 2950 Invictus Launch Week, a special edition of the ship was seen accompanying the UEE Navy fleet around the Stanton system. It was flown by the 999th Squadron and featured a red color and navy/squadron logos. Several Lightnings, together with F7A Hornet Mk IIs accompanied a Javelin, and two Idris-M's.[4]


Development

The F8 Lightning was designed by Chris Smith (Lead Vehicle Artist)[5] and Gavin Rothery (Freelance Concept Artist).[6]

Gallery

References

  1. ANVL Lightning F8A on SCunpacked
  2. Knowledge Base: Concierge Levels and Rewards
  3. Jump Point Issue 5
  4. Alpha 3.9.1 in-game survey during Invictus Launch Week
  5. Reverse the Verse 2.16 (Relay icon.svg transcript by Relay)
  6. Gavin Rothery: Star Citizen Hardware and Ship Design