HA! The UBW keep their Dragons? The Lance/Dragon was considered the most expensive ship ever. Plus, it was pretty complex. The maintenance must've been extensive and the cost to maintain must've been even more expensive.Originally posted by fallen phoenix
Does anyone know if the dragon fighter is still used by anyone, besides UBW?
The WC4 novel seems to imply they did keep it, and the game has nothing that would directly show that they didn't. And of course, there's no reason why they would return the Intrepid, since they didn't steal it.Originally posted by Bandit LOAF
Given that the UBW apparently didn't even keep the *Intrepid*
Actually, those ideas don't follow from each other. Just because a fighter is more expensive and difficult to build than others doesn't make it more expensive or difficult to maintain than previous fighters. One of the selling points of the new F-22 Raptor is that it takes a much smaller maintenance and equipment train than the F-15 Eagle currently does.Originally posted by Col.Dom
HA! The UBW keep their Dragons? The Lance/Dragon was considered the most expensive ship ever. Plus, it was pretty complex. The maintenance must've been extensive and the cost to maintain must've been even more expensive.
Not every crew chief is Pliers... and the UBW is POOR!
UBW just *hands* back all of the Dragons it captured? They sold them back to confed more likely. Or they at least studied the designs to intergrate into thier own fighters. (remember the U.S. spyplane shot down by china last year? the russians took it back to the U.S, but on the way they ripped it appart 'studying' American technology.)As I said before, I do think that the Border Worlders would give the Dragons back to Confed, but I think it would more likely be for political reasons than for economic ones.
There's more to maintenance than just fuel, y'know. Although I suspect fuel and ordnance would be the most expensive parts in maintaining fighters.Originally posted by fallen phoenix
...they wouldn't cost that much to maintain because... they didn't use fuel.
Pirates don't necessarily have to have their own ship designs - they could use surplus/stolen military ships, or heavily (and most likely, illegally) modified civilian craft.Originally posted by fallen phoenix
So what pirate fighters are around in 2685 anyway?