GTF Hercules

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The GTF Hercules


The Hercules was first introduced during the Great War and flew several successful missions against the Shivans, being a mainstay of the Terran fleet. Later during the NTF Rebellion the Neo-Terra Front used the Hercules as their mainstay fighter, as well as the GTF Loki.

The sequel of this class was the GTF Hercules Mark II with increased agility and secondary loadout at the expense of having only four primary guns.

Description:

FS1 Tech Room Description

The GTF Hercules is the slowest and most unmanageable fighter in the fleet. This is offset, however, by its overpowering weaponry and shielding. It carries 6 primary weapons, as well as two full secondary banks. This heavy assault fighter is best suited for small target attacks and bomber escort.

FS2 Tech Room Description

The old workhorse of the Terran fleet, the Hercules is a beloved but aging design. It was the mainstay of the Terran forces during the Great War, but it is slowly being phased out of the modern fleet. As they are replaced by Herc IIs, Myrmidons, and other recent designs, Hercules fighters are increasingly relegated to training and guard duties far from the front lines. Pilots who've flown Hercs for years love the ship's heavy armor and firepower and have learned to compensate for its low speed and poor maneuverability. The old Hercs are still widely used by NTF forces.

Developer Notes

Low max velocity offset by its tremendous offensive capabilities. High weapon capacity.

Name origin

Hercules is the Latin name for Herakles, son of Zeus. Hercules is a symbol of masculinity and action. He was an esteemed and powerful warrior, and it is said that "he made the world safe for mankind."

Performance:

Statistics

Type Heavy Assault
Manufacturer Han-Roland Corp.
Maneuverability Average/Poor (FS1/FS2)
Yaw, Pitch, Roll 50.0 - 64.0 s
Max Velocity 120.0 ms-1
Max Afterburner Velocity Medium/Heavy ms-1
Armor 250
Hitpoints 600
Shields 20
Length {{{10}}} m


Armaments

Freespace 1 Freespace 2
Bank Guns Standard Loadout Standard Loadout
1st 4 Avenger Subach HL-7
2nd 2 Disruptor Prometheus R
Compatible Primaries Compatible Primaries
ML-16 Laser, Disruptor, Avenger, Flail, Prometheus, Banshee, Leech Cannon, S-Breaker Subach HL-7, Akheton SDG, Prometheus R, Prometheus S, Morning Star, UD-8 Kayser, Circe, Lamprey, Maxim
Freespace 1 Freespace 2
Bank Capacity Standard Loadout Standard Loadout
1st 60 Interceptor Harpoon
2nd 60 Fury Hornet
Compatible Secondaries Compatible Secondaries
MX-50, D-Missile, Fury, Hornet, Interceptor, Phoenix V, EM Pulse, Cluster Bomb MX-64, Emp. Adv, Tempest, Hornet, Tornado, Harpoon, Trebuchet, Infyrno

Veteran Comments

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I would say this is an okay fighter during the first Great War, but during FS2, it has become out-dated. It has six gun-points, so it has reasonable firepower, but that firepower is offset by it's slow speed and 'blockiness'. During FS1, it was a decent fighter, but it has been replaced by the GTF Hercules Mark II and the GTF Myrmidon in FS2. I like this a little better than the newer GTF Hercules Mark II, because of its firepower, but there is almost always a better ship too use in FS2.


I like this fighter. It may be old in FS2, but its better than some of the newer craft, such as the Myrmidon. It doesn't have the maneuverability, speed, armor, or capacity of its newer version, but it has more gun points better placed, and a still large missile capacity. In addition, it shares the same general compatibility with all virtually all weapons available.


I have always felt that the old Herc is far superior to the Herc 2 in terms of firepower and in general in fulfilling its role as assault fighter. If anything, the Ares is the true successor to this fighter. In FS1 you could take on literally anything in one of these, and the Herc 2 pales in comparison with the original.


The Herc II has 25 extra hull points, 10 extra shielding points, 50% more secondary capacity and has a normal speed 5 m/s faster than the Herc I, at the expense of two primary gunmounts. Personally I think the gunmounts are worth it, but it all comes down to playstyle, really.


If in a mission you have a choice between this vessel and the Myrmidon, I'd choose this one, mostly for compatibility to the best missile in the game (IMHO), the Harpoon (of which the Myrmidon is not compatible with).


In the later missions when the Ares and Erynies came out, those drew my attetion away from BOTH Mk I and II