Fighters are small (hull size 1), single-seat spacecraft that are fast, highly maneuverable, and designed to attack larger ships with assault rockets or other Fighters and Corvettes with forward-facing lasers. Do to their small size, they carry enough life support for approximately 20 hours, with their need to reload their rockets and lack of jump capability, they must be based on an assault carrier or a space station. Their size makes them harder to hit, but easier to destroy.
A dedicated space fighter is ether built around a set of maneuvering struts, or spherical shell, that houses a gyroscope. With the maneuvering struts, the fighter has a primary thruster for liner movement, and a set of vernier thrusters mounted on the ends of the struts helps the craft to rotate. This system is more robust, but the struts increases the craft's profile. The gyroscope is a well-balanced system allows the fighter to turn in place, without maneuvering thrusters. This system is more delicate, but the craft has a smaller profile.
An aerospace fighter is built like an airborne jet fighter, but with heat-displacing tiles in its underside, serving as a heat shield for re-entry, and vernier thrusters mounted throughout for exo-atmospheric maneuverability. They are highly versatile, but their wings make them a higher profile target than dedicated space-borne fighters. They are also more expensive.
Some Sathar fighters have been given the following code names:
- SAV Fear
- SAV Horror
- SAV Reaver
- SAV Ripper
See also: Bomber