(Strikecraft) DF430 Deep Space Fighter
A versatile long-range Deep Space Fighter based on the Aquarian Federal Navy's older F-4300 Dragonfly. The DF430 is the mainstay of the Aquarian Imperial Navy's agile strike capability, and its multi-role capabilities have allowed it to assume almost every role required by the fighter class. Despite this, various dedicated adaptions exist, including a dedicated long-range bomber variant.
Role: Multi-Role / Deep Space Fighter
Mass: 410 T
Length: 29 M
Max Speed (Impulse Cruise): < 10 KM/s
Max Speed (Hyper Cruise): < 7900 KM/s
Max Range (JDA): N/A
Date: 4402 A.D / 1 I.D.S
Origin: Origin: Aquarius Imperial Naval Shipyards, Lorentis System
Crew Complement: up to 6
Primary Armour Plating: Nanopolymer-based low-ferrous metallic composite construction
Primary Armour Thickness: =< 0.4M (Main), =< 0.25M (Secondary) =< 0.2M (Tertiary & Pressure)
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A Long Range Deep Space Fighter developed by the Imperial Navy based on the proven F-4300 Dragonfly strikecraft used by the Aquarian Federal Navy in the New Federal Era. The DF430 shares almost all functionality and design traits with its predecessor, but features new upgrades for Imperial Service such as improved, higher efficiency cruise drives and upgraded armour composition. The Fighter is deployed everywhere the AIN operates, and proved so successful filling a multitude of roles from interceptor to bomber, to space-superiority, that it essentially replaced all other spaceframes of the Strikecraft specification in Imperial service.
DF430 are thus present as the primary strikecraft contingent on every Imperial Vessel with carrier capabilities, with the versatile space-frame allowing fast adaption to almost any role required of it. Despite this extensive multi-role capability, dedicated variants of the craft do exist, such as the DF430B; a dedicated bomber variant with upgraded powerplant and heavier mass-lifting capabilities for anti-capital ship ordnance. The 'B' variant is unique in that it is the only strikecraft in service that can carry an external SPARTAN-LE Missile - a strikecraft optimised, lighter version of the Imperial Navy's extremely powerful SPARTAN Missile Platform. This allows the DF430B to conduct anti-capital ship operations and even anti-surface strikes with devastating firepower previously reserved for larger warships, greatly expanding the Aquarian Imperial Navy's agile heavy strike capability.
|| Picture 2: DF430 DSF Cockpit view over Lorentis, circa 4470AD~, A Thunderhead-class Heavy Cruiser can be seen in the distance, to the right, over the planet.