F-41 Broadsword

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F-41 Broadsword
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Production information

Manufacturer:

Misriah Armory[1]

Role:

Exoatmospheric multirole strike fighter

Technical specifications

Length:

66.3 feet (20.2 m)[2]

Width:

64.5 feet (19.7 m)[2]

Height:

35.7 feet (10.9 m)[2]

Engine(s):

  • Two primary
  • Two auxiliary

Slipspace drive:

Not equipped

Hull:

Energy shielding (F41E)[3]

Armament:

Crew:

1 pilot

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Human-Covenant War
Post-Covenant War conflicts

Introduced:

c. mid-2530's[2]

Affiliation:

UNSC Air Force

 

The F-41 Exoatmospheric Multirole Strike Fighter, commonly known as the Broadsword, is a VTOL atmospheric/exoatmospheric (A/X) multirole strike fighter manufactured by Misriah Armory and used by the UNSC Armed Forces.[1] Like other UNSC A/X attack craft, the Broadsword is named after a bladed weapon.

Specifications[edit]

Design details[edit]

The F-41 Broadsword is a versatile and well-armed A/X strike fighter typically used to engage equal or superior enemy craft in low- to zero-gravity conditions. As its kind has few equals within humanity's known arsenal, the Broadsword was designed to address the incredible speed and firepower displayed by a variety of Covenant fighters. It is most prominently used by the UNSC Air Force in suborbital dogfights.[2] The AVIATOR-class Mjolnir helmet is recommended for use by Broadsword crew members.[4][5]

The F-41E Broadsword was introduced in 2554, featuring an upgrade package including energy shielding derived from the YSS-1000 Sabre that covers the entire fighter and recharges when depleted, specifically conceived to withstand pulse laser turrets.[6][3][7] However, these shields are not rated for slipspace travel,[8] As well as shields, the F-41E features an advanced sensor and target designation suite that can process hundreds of targets.[3] These upgrades were considered impossible to implement fleetwide under wartime conditions, and included a range of design improvements and deferred upgrades, such as reformulated Titanium-A panels and an upgraded fusion reactor to power the shields.[3] However, the reactor failed to meet initial output projections, and as a result shielded F-41E Broadswords have a lower top speed and acceleration than earlier, unshielded variants.[3]

Armament[edit]

The Broadsword is equipped with two M1075 ASW/AC 35mm MLA cannons and two M6088 ST/MMP missile pods mounted underneath the wings. It can also be equipped with an excavation-grade HAVOK tactical nuclear weapon.[9] It bestows the fighter a great effectiveness at ensuring the destruction of enemy capital ships.[7]

Operational history[edit]

Although the Broadsword has been in production since the mid-2530s, it was not adopted for widespread usage until the later days of the Human-Covenant War.[2] In August 2552, at least two Broadswords were deployed to assist civilian evacuation operations in Casbah, Tribute[10] while entire squadrons were deployed with YSS-1000 Sabres during the Fall of Reach.[11] Several were present at the UNSC Infinity's commissioning ceremony in February 2557.[12]

After the Infinity crash landed on the shield world Requiem's inner surface, Broadswords were deployed to assault the Ur-Didact's Cryptum and the Covenant vessels besieging the ship, but not before Spartan John-117 had reactivated the ship's MAC defense turrets. Later, as Gypsy Company was sent on a mission to destroy Forerunner particle cannons, at least two Broadswords were deployed by the Infinity to assist.

Ivanoff Station had several F41E Broadsword fighters in its hangar bay, though they were not used during the Didact's attack on the station. John-117 armed one with a HAVOK nuclear warhead, intending to destroy the Didact's ship, Mantle's Approach, before he could unleash the Composer on Earth. John caught up with Mantle's Approach just before it entered slipspace, flying beneath its shields since the Broadsword's were inadequate for slipspace travel. After arriving at Earth, he used the Broadsword to destroy the ship's point-defense guns so that the Infinity could punch a hole through the ship. Flying the fighter inside the warship's hull, the walls closed around the Broadsword and crushed it, forcing the Spartan to carry the HAVOK the rest of the way to the Composer. The fighter's remains were completely destroyed when John destroyed Mantle's Approach with the nuclear weapon.[13]

In February 2558, six months after the skirmish at Earth, Infinity returned to the shield world, Requiem. Immediately after emerging from slipspace, the ship and her complement engaged the Covenant remnant fleet orbiting Requiem. At least one flight of Broadswords was launched from Infinity's hangars, shooting down many Type-31 Seraphs, clearing the path of and providing cover for the Pelican dropships landing troops on the shield world.[14] Once Fireteam Crimson was sent on a mission to assassinate Sangheili terrorist Parg Vol at the Gate, the Spartans were overwhelmed by Covenant forces. Several Broadsword fighters were then sent by Infinity to destroy the Type-44 Phantom and ease Crimson's evacuation.[15] Later, when Crimson was sent to investigate Fireteam Switchback's disappearance, three Broadswords were sent to survey the area and soften up the opposition.[16] On March 11th, 2558 several Broadswords were used in an attempt to destroy several AC-220 Vultures and AV-22 Sparrowhawks belonging to the UNSC Spirit of Fire that had attacked the UNSC Infinity when the Pilgrims Pride was pulled into the Infinity's docking bay.[17] Several Broadswords were used to counter the pirate fleet in space during the mission to Ven III.[18] One Broadsword was used to escort a Pelican carrying the UNSC's half of the Janus Key during the Battle of Aktis IV, but was subsequently shot down.[19]

Variants[edit]

  • F-41D - A variant that could be placed on a Moncton-class Orbital Weapon Platform.[20]
  • F-41E - Introduced in 2554, features reformulated Titanium-A panels, an upgraded fusion reactor, advanced target designation and tracking suite, and energy shields.[3]

Halo: Fleet Battles[edit]

UNSC Broadsword Interceptor Flight (+Sabre)[edit]

  • Flight slots: 1 (2)
  • Movement: 16" (16")
  • Damage track: 2 (3)
  • Systems loadout: None
  • Weapons: vs. wing targets
    • Range: Contact
    • Dice: 2 (3)

Trivia[edit]

Originally the Broadsword was going to be called the Turtle.[citation needed]

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Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Halo 4 Interactive Guide
  2. ^ a b c d e f Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 114
  3. ^ a b c d e f Halo: Warfleet, pp 28-29
  4. ^ Halo 4, AVIATOR-class Mjolnir description
  5. ^ YouTube: PAX Prime 2012: Day 1
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint: The Halo Bulletin: 9.24.14
  7. ^ a b Halo 4: Official Game Guide (Collector's Edition), page 60
  8. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Midnight (Cortana: "The fighter's shields aren't rated for slipspace!")
  9. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Composer
  10. ^ Halo 4, multiplayer level Landfall
  11. ^ Halo: Fleet Battles
  12. ^ The Commissioning
  13. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Midnight
  14. ^ Spartan Ops Season 1 - Departure opening cinematic
  15. ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 3, Chapter 5: Hunting Trip
  16. ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 6, Chapter 5: Switchback
  17. ^ Halo: Escalation, Issue #4
  18. ^ Halo: Escalation, Issue #12
  19. ^ Halo: Escalation, Issue #14
  20. ^ Halo: Warfleet, page 31