SF Dragon

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The SF Dragon


The SF Dragon was the smallest and most rarely used Shivan fighter. The Dragon was armed with five primary cannons and a low-capacity secondary bank. Despite its small secondary bank, it is very fast and maneuverable, as well as small, making it a very powerful adversary of even an interceptor fighter.

The Shivans made limited use of the Dragon, deploying them in small numbers.

The first Shivan fighter to have ever been captured by the Terrans and the Vasudans was a Dragon class designated Arjuna 1. Through the capture of this Shivan fighter, the joint Terran-Vasudan forces learned much about Shivan technology, especially fighter systems. Arjuna 1 was later used in a high-risk reconnaissance mission, shortly before the Destruction of Vasuda Prime.

Description:

FS1 Tech Room Description

The Shivan Dragon is easily the most impressive fightercraft we have yet seen. Its maneuverability is unmatched, and it has quite a few other advantages, including a good top speed, powerful afterburners, and strong shields. It is the only Shivan fighter we have been able to study up close, and we have learned a great deal about Shivan engineering from it. It seems that the Shivan shield systems are extremely strong, but their hulls are far weaker than our own. They also rely on primary weapons far more then secondaries, as evidenced by the Dragon's small capacity.

The GTA considers the Dragon as a Class A threat.

FS2 Tech Room Description

The Shivan fighter class SF Dragon is a fast, extremely agile craft. Its twin lasers pack a deadly punch. The Dragon's weakness seems to be a thin hull. The trouble is that their speed and maneuverability make them extremely difficult to hit.

Developer Notes

None


Name origin

The Dragon's name derives from the mythical reptilian creature depicted in tales throughout the world.

Performance:

Statistics

Type Space Superiority (?)
Manufacturer Unknown
Maneuverability N/A
Max Velocity 75.0 - 90.0 mps
Max Afterburner Velocity 150.0 mps
Armor N/A
Hitpoints 100
Shields 700
Length 16 m

Armaments

Freespace 1 Freespace 2
Bank Guns Standard Loadout Standard Loadout
1st 2 Shivan Heavy Laser Shivan Heavy Laser
2nd 3 Shivan Heavy Laser Shivan Heavy Laser
Freespace 1 Freespace 2
Bank Capacity Standard Loadout Standard Loadout
1st 20 Interceptor Harpoon


Veteran Comments

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The Dragon is widely considered the best Shivan fighter ever (though my personal opinion leans towards the Mara in that regard). It is small, well-armed with lasers though deficent in secondary weaponry, quick, and insanely maneuverable. On higher difficulty levels the Dragon borders on unkillable, and even on lower ones it can be a surprisingly nasty opponent. If at all possible, destroy Dragons at range with missiles rather then getting into a dogfight.


Really hard to hit with guns and really hard to lock on. It will outmaneuver and outrun any other fighter you can fly. Best fighters to tackle a Dragon in are a Ulysses or Serapis. A Thoth is also capable too.


It is to be noted that the version of the Dragon you fly in FS1's Playing Judas is much, much weaker then the genuine article.


Hell in space. A wing of them show up in the last mission of the main FS2 campaign. If you're flying an Ares, you're screwed.


A nasty piece of work, to be sure, that'll rip you to ribbons if you're not careful. Best policy? Harpoon 'em at range and try and keep your distance(!) as much as possible. Once in close contact, do not succumb to target fixation; the Dragon can keep you distracted from other dangers. The only real way to take one down at close range is to make exactly the right counter-turn at exactly the right time, then open fire. Try and get all your wingmates on one at a time; isolate and obliterate.


Extremely maneuverable. Target profile is extremely small and speed is rather high as well. Gunpoints for the second primary bank are oddly placed, but still manages to hit the target with little adjustment. The only real flaws are that Shivan primaries suck and that the sole secondary bank is miniscule.


There is no other fighter that I dread encountering more than the Dragon. It's fast, agile, and packs a rather nasty punch for a fighter that moves as quickly as it does. Unfortunately, the one you get to pilot in FS1 is not anything like the ones you have to fight, which is a pity, considering how much effort you put into capturing it.