UEF Lao Tze

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Description:

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The UEF Lao Tze


Blue Planet: War in Heaven Tech Description

Ever since its first deployment, the Lao Tze fighter has become synonymous with the White Guard, a paramilitary order akin to the Fedayeen whose elite knights use this craft as their vehicle of choice in missions assigned directly by the Elders. The Lao Tze is a heavy fighter of controversial design, sacrificing pilot safety for extreme manoeuvrability. Very few pilots can pilot this craft in combat conditions without blacking out due to the G-forces at play. The Lao Tze is equipped with the unique Cavalier cannon, capable of penetrating even the toughest of armor, and is usually reserved for the rare occasions where Lao Tze's are tasked to defend their targets against heavy enemy assaults.

Developer Notes

  • Original ship modeled by Steve "Coolhand" Tyler
  • Current ship modeled by Vengence

Name Origin

Lao Tze (also Laozi, Lao Tse, Laocius and other variations) was a philosopher of ancient China and a central figure of Taoism. He is traditionally regarded as the author of the Tao Te Ching, a classical Taoist text. The "Three Treasures of the Tao" (compassion, moderation and humility) have been considered some of his most poignant teachings.

Performance:

Statistics

Name UEF Lao Tze
Type Escort/Space Superiority
Manufacturer Ad-Hoc Emergent Tasked Manufacturer
Maneuverability High
Yaw, Pitch, Roll 3.5, 3.8, 3.8 s
Max Velocity 90 - 120 ms-1
Max Afterburner Velocity 200 ms-1
Max Afterburner Duration 6.0 s
Armor Light
Hitpoints 325 pts
Shields 500 pts
Length 22 m
Weaponry
Primary weapons
1st bank 4 guns
2nd bank 2 guns
Secondary weapons
1st bank capacity 40
2nd bank capacity 40
3rd bank capacity 40
Countermeasures
Countermeasure capacity 40 countermeasures


Armaments

Default Statistics
Bank Guns Standard Loadout
1st 4 Rapier
2nd 2 Cavalier
Compatible Primaries
1st Vulcan, Scalpel, Maul, Rapier, Gattler, Sidhe
2nd Cavalier
Default Statistics
Bank Capacity Standard Loadout
1st 40 Javelin
2nd 40 Dirk
3rd 40 Hellfire
Compatible Secondaries
1st
2nd
Dirk, Dart, Hellfire, Javelin, Grimler, Paveway, Slammer
3rd Dirk, Dart, Hellfire, Javelin, Grimler, Paveway, Slammer, Shrike

Gallery


Veteran Comments

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Although it does mount a quad bank of Rapiers and one Cavalier, the Rapiers are easily more punishing than the Cavalier, essentially rendering it useless. The fighter has good maneuverability, its downfall is that that agility is partially negated by its enormous profile, dwarfing the Myrmidon and approaching the size of a Uriel. It has well placed guns, but carries fewer missiles than the Uhlan and Kentauroi. General Battuta confirmed that the Cavalier cannon on this fighter is going to be revamped in WiH2, as well as the fighter itself, potentially.


I disagree with the above comment. Although the Lao Tze's armor is rather weak when compared to other UEF fighters, its excellent maneuverability can easily mix with its insanely powerful Cavalier cannon to bring fighters and bombers to their knees. With a good pilot and decent weaponry, a Lao Tze can kill every single fighter and bomber in the game.


One might think of the Cavalier as an equivalent to the four Rapier guns this fighter can also mount. Thus, you can use the Cavalier in place of the quar-Rapiers and place something else in the quad-bank instead. In particular, the Gattler and Scalpel allows this fighter to be a major threat to warships while still maintaining excellent anti-fighter firepower.


The stats above reflect the current version of the Lao Tze. The first release version had only one gun in the Cavalier bank, a much larger secondary capacity, a slower standard speed and a higher afterburner speed.


Download link:

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