PL3A Skecis MK II in civilian colors, Tri-System circa 2790 (larger).
The Skecis MK II is an unusual followup to the PL03 Skecis design. It improves in areas where the Skecis was limited, such as missile loadout and shields, but cuts down on things the original did effectively, such as number of guns and amount of armor. As a result, the Skecis MK II actually retails for 5,000 credits less than its predecessor. Because of this, it is the more common ship among groups in the Tri-System.
The Skecis MK II is especially popular among high-profile female pilots. One of the Tri-System's most famous, Vicksen Aureola, flies a Skecis MK II, as did Stella Widowmaker, a member of the Tri-System League of Hunters. They are also extensively used in mercenary work. Both Senator Ames of Janus IV and Xavier Shondi keep six Skecis MK II in their employ for enforcement missions. The fighters have also seen use by the organized pirate clans: three Skecis MK IIs once joined a Jincilla attack on a CIS convoy carrying home men wounded fighting on Terrel. Good Ol' Boys Haulage, a front for a pirate organization, maintained a Skecis MK II as part of its arsenal.
The Skecis MK II entered service before 2785. Notable Skecis MK IIs include X465_435E (2786) and D239_756K (2785). X465_435E is especially unusual because it has been granted a formal license to kill.