F-103 Excalibur

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F-103 Excalibur
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Type Heavy Fighter
Manufacturer Douglas Aerospace
Primary User Terran Confederation
Additional Users Black Lance
Introduction 2669
General Characteristics
Length 32 meters
Mass 18 tonnes
Crew 1
Performance
Velocity
Maximum 500 kps
Afterburner
Maximum Afterburner 1300 kps
Max Acceleration 1100 k/s2
Armament
Guns

Default Missile Loadout

Components
Decoys 16-30
"-30" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 16.
Cloaking Device XSJ-A Shroud Ladar/Radar Jamming Device (2669) / Optional during interwar period
Jump Drive Yes
Defense
Shields
Fore 250 cm equivalent
Aft 250 cm equivalent
Right 250 cm equivalent
Left 250 cm equivalent
Armor
Front 100 cm
Rear 100 cm
Right 100 cm
Left [10 cm



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The F-103 Excalibur Heavy Fighter is a starfighter in the service of the Terran Confederation.

The Excalibur is a heavy fighter that was first developed in the 2660s. At the time of its introduction in 2669, it was one of the most advanced starfighters in Terran service. It was designed as a space superiority fighter and was fitted with a large and powerful armament designed exclusively for this role. It could also be adjusted to serve a variety of roles, and its weapons loadout could be configured to carry heavy weapons of various sorts. It also could be fitted with a cloaking device for the purpose of high-priority stealth missions.

History

The Excalibur was developed in the 2660s during the Terran-Kilrathi War. By 2669, several combat-capable prototypes were being field-tested. In 2669, the TCS Victory was selected to host field tests for the Excalibur in the relatively peaceful Tamayo System. A prototype piloted by Major Jace "Flash" Dillon was sent to the Victory to carry out these tests. It was during a Kilrathi incursion in Tamayo that the Excalibur saw its first combat action.

After the destruction of the TCS Behemoth in its failed attempt to destroy the Kilrathi homeworld of Kilrah, the Confederation elected to deploy the Temblor Bomb to destroy the planet. A handful of Excaliburs were sent to the Victory to carry out the mission. Colonel Blair's Excalibur had been configured to carry the Temblor Bomb, and the entire squadron of starfighters had been fitted with the first Terran incarnation of the cloaking device. Colonel Blair and his squadron penetrated the Kilrah System and soon assaulted the planet. Colonel Blair's entire wing was shot down, but the Colonel himself managed to break through the planet's defenses and deploy the T-Bomb, destroying Kilrah and finally ending the Terran-Kilrathi War.

The Excalibur continued to see limited service after the end of the Kilrathi War. In 2673, the Black Lance acquired several of these fighters for use in raids against the Union of Border Worlds as a means of provoking war between it and the Confederation.

By 2681, the Excalibur remained active, but had since been superseded by newer starfighters developed during peacetime. Many of these served in battle against the Nephilim.

F-103 Excalibur Target Identification, circa 2669.
F-103 Excalibur Target Identification, circa 2673.

Specifications

Stat\Variant F-103 Excalibur (2669) F-103 Excalibur (2673)
Class: Heavy Fighter Heavy Fighter
Length: 32 meters 32 meters
Mass: 18 metric tonnes 18 metric tonnes
Max Velocity: 500 kps 500 kps
Acceleration: 1100 k/s2 1100 k/s2
Max Y/P/R: 70/75/70 deg/s 70/75/70 deg/s
Shields: 250 cm 250 cm
Armor: 110 cm 110 cm
Guns: Tachyon Cannon (4),
Reaper Cannon (2)
Tachyon Cannon (4),
Ion Gun (2)
Missile Hardpoints: 4x3 Medium (3IR/3IR/3IR/3IR) 4x3 Medium (2HS/2IR/2IR/2HS)
Missile Decoys: 30 16
Jump Capable: Yes Yes
Crew: 1 (Pilot) 1 (Pilot)
Cloaking Device: Shroud Cloaking Device Full Spectrum Cloak Optional
Service Entry: 2669 Postwar

Sources

Victory Streak

Wing Commander 3

WC4 manual

Wing Commander 4

WCP Gold Manual

WCSO missions

Gallery