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F-41 Broadswords engaging Type-27 Banshees in front of the UNSC Infinity.

A space fighter,[1] strike fighter,[2][3] or simply fighter,[2][3][4] known by the Covenant as Strikecraft[5][6] and to the UNSC as an interceptor,[7][3] are small, versatile, and maneuverable spacecraft, primarily used for exoatmospheric interception, interdiction, or space-supremacy operations.

Summary[edit]

These ships are unable to enter slipspace by themselves, and need to be launched from planetary bases, orbiting space stations, or capital ships to conduct strike-operations against enemy warships, intercept fighters, and provide escort for warships and dropships.[8][9] Their size varies from a few meters to well over 50 meters. Most known space fighters are spaceplanes, capable of operating in both atmospheric/exoatmospheric (A/X) and suborbital/orbital (S/O) environments. The Forerunner Warrior-Servants often used space fighters in combat. Some space fighters, called weapon-ships, could be remotely-controlled at a ratio of up to a million ships per warrior.[10]

Warships primarily designed to transport and maintain fighter-squadrons are commonly known as carriers.[11] In the UNSC Navy, starfighters were deployed from all warships larger than a corvette, as corvettes were too small to carry anything larger than a shuttle.[12] Marathon-class heavy cruisers are capable of reconfiguring themselves as light carriers by sacrificing weapons installations and cargo bays for increased fighter capacity.[13] UNSC doctrine typically dictates the launching of a fighter assault against an enemy fleet employing wolf-pack tactics before it can swarm a capital ship.[14]

During the Battle of Biko, Nizat 'Kvarosee deployed his fighters in a tight "shell" around their motherships, ensuring that any attempt to board his vessels would be met with failure, considered an unusual deployment tactic by the UNSC.[14] This differed from usual Covenant deployment tactics, which would see fighters deploy straight to attack the enemy, leaving their capital ships relatively undefended.[15]

Types[edit]

Covenant[edit]

  • Seraph - Seraph is the name of several different space fighters.[18] Two design patterns of that fall under it are the Morsam-pattern (known as the Type-31 Seraph) and the Kai-pattern.

Human[edit]

  • YSS-1000 Sabre - The Sabre is a swift, versatile, and utterly lethal interceptor. Only several hundred were manufactured before the war ended.[7] It could launch from the surface of a planet via a single-stage-to-orbit system.[16]
  • OF92 Booster Frame - The OF92 Booster Frame is a type of open frame space fighter designed for Spartan operatives.[1]

Forerunner[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

Halo: Reach[edit]

During the level Long Night of Solace, the player has the opportunity to fly the YSS-1000 Sabre over Reach. Through the Pilotable Seraph glitch, players are able to fly the Morsam-pattern Seraph as well.

Halo 4[edit]

In the final level Midnight, the player is given the opportunity to fly the F-41 Broadsword through the Forerunner ship Mantle's Approach.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Halo: Warfleet, Frigates, p. 38
  2. ^ a b Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, p. 114
  3. ^ a b c d Halo: Warfleet, Fighters, p. 28-29
  4. ^ a b Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs, Forerunner ship
  5. ^ Halo: Warfleet, Glossary, p. 92
  6. ^ Halo: Warfleet, Strikecraft, p. 58-59
  7. ^ a b Halo: Warfleet, Carriers, p. 40
  8. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, p. 266
  9. ^ Halo: First Strike, p. 6
  10. ^ Halo: Cryptum, p. 174
  11. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, p. 259
  12. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, p. 64
  13. ^ Halo: Fleet Battles, Core Rulebook - p.125
  14. ^ a b Halo: Silent Storm, Chapter 17
  15. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, Chapter 21
  16. ^ a b Halo: Reach, campaign level, Long Night of Solace
  17. ^ Halo: Reach, game stats
  18. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, p. 169
  19. ^ a b Halo 3 - Appearance - Armor - Armor Classification: Elite - Head - Flight description
  20. ^ Halo: Oblivion, Chapter 21
  21. ^ Halo Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe, p. 261
  22. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, Chapter 19
  23. ^ Halo: Oblivion, Chapter 12