|Federation F-23 Viper (Rebel Upgrade)|
|Requirements||Early Rebellion string|
|Energy capacity||400 units or 4 jumps|
|Total mass||10 tons|
|Free space||10 tons|
|Cargo space||10 tons|
|Gun hard-points||Maximum of 3|
|Standard armament||(3) Light Blasters|
With the rapid development of space flight, it was inevitable that sports (particularly racing) would come to fruition sooner rather than later. Power Sled racing stood up to the challenge. A few intrepid hot-rodders noticed that one particular sled, the Viper, took very well to a bit of extra weight in the form of armor and armament. With a little engine tweaking, these modified Vipers, designated F-23, were selected by the Federation as the mainstay of their fighter wings. This Viper was appropriated from Federation stocks on an unnamed supply world...
The Rebel Viper, like most ships in the game, comes in several variants:
- Fighter Class: The standard type shown here.
- Hvy Fighter Class: More agile than the Fighter Class; better defended; armed with 2 Light Cannons, a Medium Blaster, and 2 Raven Rocket Pods.
- Interceptor Class: More agile than the Hvy Fighter Class; better defenses; armed with 3 Light Cannons, 2 Raven Rocket Pods, and 2 Radar Missile Launchers.
- Light Gunboat Class: Less powerful engines than the Fighter Class; better defended than any other type; armed with 2 Medium Blasters, a Thunderhead Lance, and 2 Radar Missile Launchers.
The rebel viper is the most flexible version of any viper, since its variants mount more weapons and upgrades than any fighter save the Thunderhead. The Light Gunboat variant is the most powerful viper in the game, and if you have the game modified so that you can purchase the fighter bay for it, you should stock up on at least one of these fighter bays; the only fighter bay that's more worth your expansion space is a Manta bay.