Heavily modified from older Terran fighter designs, the Spitfyre appears to perform the same role as its predecessors.
Typical for all Aldrin ship designs, which had to operate in space with no jumpgates or trans-orbital accelerators, the designers had to put all their resources and efforts into getting as much power from its engines as humanly possible, to reduce the travel time between planets and stations. When the gate to Aldrin was made operational and this ship appeared to a wide audience, every government was shocked by how easily this ship surpassed their own M3 designs.
While impressive in its combat statistics, the designers apparently put very little effort into the hull design. This is best described as a basic box cockpit attached to two ugly box engine blocks. However, as it kicks every other M3 to the curb, who cares what it looks like?
Because the Spitfyre can be equipped with the energy-efficient EEMPC, it can fire the front weapons array almost nonstop. Its incredible speed allows it to cover distance quickly to reduce incoming fire, spew a crippling barrage and pull away before the enemy can concentrate any efficient response. However, as Aldrin had no access to other races' weapons, it cannot be equipped with any non-native gun.
It is so fast, that it can even chase down and often completely outrun M5s. Its only actual weakness, if there is one, is that the EEMPCs it mounts are slightly inferior to the regular EMPC, which are still some of the best fighter weapons available. The energy recharge rates are so high that it can easily keep up a a continuous barrage of fire and can even eliminate M6s easily if it simply sits in their blind spots while firing at them.
The Spitfyre is available at either of the two Aldrin Ship Production Bases in Aldrin orbit.
The versatile Spitfyre does well as a carrier-based fighter and can be configured either as an interceptor (with EEMPCs) or a light bomber (with PMAMLs). In the latter role, it is advisable not to fully upgrade its speed, because it would then be faster than the M/AML bullets it shoots.
|Ships by Class|
|Capital||M1 • M2 / M2+ • M7 / M7M / M7C|
|Escort||M6 / M6+ • M8|
|Fighter||M3 / M3+ • M4 / M4+ • M5|
|Transport||TL • TS / TS+ • TP • TM|
|Argon||Nova (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Boron||Barracuda (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced) (Prototype)|
|Paranid||Perseus (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced)|
|Pirate||Blastclaw (Prototype) • Nova (Raider) • Falcon (Vanguard)|
|Split||Mamba (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced)|
|Teladi||Falcon (Hauler) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Terran||#deca.cefa • Scimitar • Spitfyre • Xperimental Shuttle|
|Yaki||Susanowa (Hauler) (Raider) (Prototype)|