SB Shaitan

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The SB Shaitan


Description:

FS1 Tech Room Description

The Shaitan bomber is only slightly superior to our own bombers - its shielding is better, but its capacity seems to be far worse. Perhaps the Shivans were so assured that they would only need one payload to destroy a target.

We consider the Shaitan to be a Class C threat.

Developer Notes

None

Name origin

In Islam, the character of Shaitan is analogous with that of the Christian Satan. Shaitan means "adversary," "enemy," and "opponent."

Performance:

Statistics

Type Bomber (Very Light)
Manufacturer Unknown
Maneuverability N/A
Max Velocity 60.0 - 72.0 mps
Max Afterburner Velocity N/A
Armor N/A
Hitpoints 400
Shields 1 000
Length 28 m

Armaments

Freespace 1
Bank Guns Standard Loadout
1st 2 Shivan Light Laser
2nd 1 Shivan Heavy Laser
Freespace 1
Bank Capacity Standard Loadout
1st 40 MX-50

Veteran Comments

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Color me confused, but the Shaitan is faster and more maneuverable than the Herc but carries considerably less firepower. Yet the Herc is a "heavy fighter" and the Shaitan is a "light bomber". To make classification matters worse, the Shaitan actually doesn't carry any bombs in its default configuration, just a mediocre missile load.

The Shaitan may have a higher top speed than the Herc, but it has no afterburner and three gun mounts. I think a better designation than "SB" would be "SPOS" because this thing is indeed a POS.

In the first few Shivan missions, Shaitans may carry Unknown Bombs, or Tsunamis. If you are fighting them while unshielded, shooting down their warheads is a bad idea. The best way to deal with them during the first missions are to pull up behind them and let loose with a bank of Fury dumbfires.

The FS1 description says it all. During the missions where it is equipped with an Unknown or Tsunami, it only launches one and just shots its laser without launching more. The Shaitan only has enough payload to carry one Harbinger, two Tsunami, or ten MX-50. For this reason, when escorting ships that are fairly durable, it might actually be a viable option to ignore Shaitans or just destroy their bombs. Their tiny payload means they're not much of a threat to something large, like an installation or destroyer.

The Shaitan is a suprisinly deadly craft to anything below destroyer sized, and like the Anubis it is very annoying, although not exactly deadly, in large numbers.