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S-14 Baselard

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S-14 Space Striker
An illustration of the Baselard.
Production information

Manufacturer:

Misriah Armory[1]

Technical specifications

Length:

19.6 meters (64.3 ft)[1]

Width:

14 meters (47 ft)[1]

Height:

4.99 meters (16.37 ft)[1]

Mass:

49.6 tons (45 tonnes)[1]

Engine(s):

Fusion ramjet thrust nozzle[1][2]

Armament:

Crew:

Complement:

None[3]

Usage

Role(s):

Assault[3]

Affiliation:

UNSC[3]

 

The S-14 Space Striker, commonly known as the Baselard, is an assault fighter utilized by the United Nations Space Command.[1][3]

Overview[edit]

Design details[edit]

S-14 Baselards are small fighter craft, being crewed by two individuals, though they may also be remotely piloted.[2][3] They are relatively wedge-shaped and have a tail and two-meter wide thrust nozzle pointing aft[2], the site of a larger fusion ramjet engine.[1] When not in use, Baselards rest on retractable struts and may be carried by a Point Blank-class prowler.[2][3] A Baselard is armed with two M42 Archer missiles and a pair of M2056 30mm rotary cannons which are effective at great distances.[1][2] On at least one occasion, the Archer missiles were replaced by pods full of chain-linked debris in order to camouflage extra-vehicular activity.[3]

Baselards, alongside the F-99 Wombat UCAV, are compatible with the wide array of targeting and surveillance features employed by the AKIS helmet developed for Spartan usage.[4] The Mariner helmet is additionally optimized for Baselard fighter pilot systems, as well as those of the Sabre and Nandao.[5]

Operational history[edit]

The Baselard was one of the most prolific UNSC fighters in the 25th century, and was introduced decades prior to the onset of the Insurrection in the 2490s. At this time, the Baselard was nearly unmatched against all colonial aerospace superiority measures - but ultimately found itself put to its test against Covenant strikecraft in the Human-Covenant War.[1][6]

At least twenty S-14 Baselards were deployed from the UNSC Vanishing Point on March 26, 2526, during an action against the Covenant at the recently-glassed colony of Etalan.[3] Four of the fighters were crewed by the Spartan-IIs of Gold and Green Teams.[2][3] By 2531, Baselards were a part of the complement of the UNSC Spirit of Fire, and several craft were aboard the ship when it arrived at Installation 00 in 2559, and were put to work against the Banished during the Second Ark Conflict. By this time, the Baselard was considered outdated.[7]

The Baselard is still employed by the UNSC Air Force and UNSC Navy in many contexts.[1]

Trivia[edit]

A baselard is a type of dagger or short sword primarily used in Europe during the Late Middle Ages.

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 159
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 20
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 19
  4. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Pen Umbra (Retrieved on Oct 20, 2021) [archive]
  5. ^ Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Mariner helmet description
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Encyclopedia Extravaganza (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2022) [archive]
  7. ^ Halo: Divine Wind, chapter 2