Swarm Fighter

by Patrick Stutzman
Swarm Fighter

Designed and constructed by the virtually unknown Gilstar Shipyards Corporation, the Swarm Fighter is designed to literally be a cheap fighter and fits the bill quite nicely.

Even though the Swarm Fighter has proven itself to be slow and have fewer defenses than other starfighters of comparable size, it has seen good sales primarily due to the excellent advertising done by Gilstar. The company has been selling the ship by emphasizing the one point where the ship did well during its testing phase, which is the fact that it does well when large groups of the fighters attack at once. Coupled with a price equal to about one-third to one-fourth that of any other starfighter its size, the Swarm Fighter appeals to those buyers that want either cheap fighters or lots of fighters in their fleet.

Disclaimer: The Swarm Fighter, borrowed from the movie "The Last Starfighter", is 1984 Universal Pictures. Use of the name and elements associated with it are not intended as a challenge to that copyright.

Craft: Gilstar Shipyards Corp. Swarm Fighter
Type: Short-range support fighter
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 21.3 meters
Consumables: 3 man-days
Cost: 70,000 credits
Crew: 2
  Full: 2
  Skeleton: 1
Passengers: 0
Cargo Capacity: 150 kg
Hyperdrive: None
Nav Computer: No
Maneuverability: 1D
Space: 5 (2D+2 - sublight speed in 1st ed. rules)
Atmosphere: 295:850 kmh
Hull: 2D
Shields: 0D
Sensors:
  Passive - 30/1D
  Scan - 60/2D
  Search - 90/3D
  Focus - 4/4D+1

Weapons:
  Laser cannon (1)
    Fire Arcs: F
    Crew: 1
    Fire Control: 1D
    Damage: 4D
    Space Range: 1-3/12/25
    Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2km/2.5km