The Striker is a model of small starfighter mass-produced by Andromia of the Palioxis Starfield. The Striker is known for its moderate firepower and high maneuverability, making it one of the best ships of its type. Mainly employed by the Varaxian Astronavy as a light fighter, the Striker is one of the most produced spacecraft by the Human nations.
Due to their restricted faster-than-light capabilities, the Strikers are normally carried onboard bulkier carrier ships due to their diminutive size. Since Strikers are one of the cheapest available starships on the market, numerous larger pirate ships frequently store several in their ship docks.
The Striker is characterized by a lengthy main body and a pair of narrow wings. Its central cockpit is cramped, featuring avionics, displays, guidance systems, tracking electronics, and space for a pilot all crammed into a small space. Despite being designed for a single occupant, the center cockpit could accommodate several additional passengers, albeit the space would be exceedingly cramped. The Strikers' armament consists of three beam laser emitters that are remarkably efficient against shielding while also being slightly damaging to hull. The Striker is propelled by a singular powerful energy cell that provides ten megawatts of energy to the ship. This amount of electricity has the potential to keep a Striker functioning for a week.
The Striker utilizes a pair of advanced xentax-7 engines for sublight propulsion. These engines consume hydrogen-3 for their main fuel and can operate for six days before running out of fuel. The maximum velocity which the Striker can achieve with these engines is 50,000 km/s, though this would take six days to attain. The Striker features vertical takeoff and landing capabilities owing to repulsor field generators in its wing struts, reducing its already small mass to negligible weight. The Striker has no Quantum Shift Drive of its own, using a sophisticated Warp Drive for its main form of lightspeed propulsion. Exotic matter serves as the fuel for the Warp Drive, which can function for a day without requiring to be recharged. The Striker could attain an absolute speed of 0.8 AU/s using its Warp Drive at maximum power.
The Striker possesses no shielding of its own and relies on its high maneuverability for protection against hostiles. This, along with a far superior engine design, provides outstanding maneuverability. This also makes them cheap and quick to replace. The lack of shields make the craft vulnerable to micro meteor impacts and hull breaches, but these reduced facilities allow the Striker to be cheaply mass produced while also improving its maneuverability. Despite the lack of shielding, the Strikers's armored hull and diaminite cockpit offer protection against hand-held weaponry.