Scimitar (Blue Planet)

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The following information has not been confirmed by Volition
and is therefore not canon for the FreeSpace universe.


For the original ship, see GTF Leto

Description:

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The Scimitar


Blue Planet: War in Heaven Tech Description

The Scimitar has remained one of the most popular and effective civilian fighters for over 60 years. Whilst expensive to use and operate, it boasts performance approaching that of a Hercules or Ulysses class military fighter. Scimitars tend to be mostly used by the more 'legit' mercenary or militia groups, and are often seen providing hired escort for high-value transports or freighters. These groups largely vanished during the Isolation, but the Scimitar remains in production in the Kuiper Belt workshops of the Gaian Effort, and this paramilitary group uses it as a strike fighter.

Developer Notes

N/A

Name Origin

Scimitar is a generic term used to refer to several kinds of curved swords originating from the Middle East. The term scimitar has disputed origins, ranging from the Middle French cimeterre to the Persian shim- or shamshir, which in turn is derived from the Middle Persian shafshēr.

Performance:

Statistics

Name Scimitar
Type Patrol / Civilian
Manufacturer Han-Ronald Corporation
Maneuverability Average
Max Velocity 65 - 75 ms-1
Max Afterburner Velocity 140 ms-1
Max Afterburner Duration 16.667 s
Armor Average
Hitpoints 280 pts
Shields 280 pts
Length 20 m
Weaponry
Primary weapons
1st bank 2 guns
2nd bank 2 guns
Secondary weapons
1st bank capacity 40
2nd bank capacity 40
Countermeasures
Countermeasure capacity 15 countermeasures


Armaments

Default Statistics
Bank Guns Standard Loadout
1st 2 Vulcan
2nd 2 Vulcan
Compatible Primaries
1st Maul, Vulcan, Scalpel
2nd Maul, Vulcan, Scalpel
Default Statistics
Bank Capacity Standard Loadout
1st 40 Hellfire
2nd 40 Javelin
Compatible Secondaries
1st Dirk, Dart, Hellfire, Warhammer
2nd Dirk, Dart, Hellfire, Javelin, Slammer, Paveway, Grimler, Shrike, Jackhammer, Warhammer

Veteran Comments

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The Scimitar's stats may look like rubbish compared to even the entry-level UEF Uhlan, but don't get cocky. These fighters can carry the standard UEF primaries, including the anti-subsystem Scalpel, as well as torpedoes; the lower bank, in particular, can mount nearly every single UEF missile available to the player. Furthermore, the Scimitar has an incredibly long afterburn duration—16.6 seconds—and it takes only ten seconds for the ship to fully recharge afterburner fuel from nought. In large numbers and in the right hands, the Scimitar can and will give even the most formidable battlegroups something to worry about. The Gaian Effort loves to attack targets simply by overwhelming them with a ludicrous number of these ships, and although this tactic works less effectively against military targets, it will at least inflict nosebleed even to a Hatshepsut destroyer or vessels escorted by the Knights of the White Brotherhood.


Fight it was you would a GTF Ulysses this fighter lacks armor and any type of endurance, but they can still hurt. They will usually try to swarm you, and never when you're carrying something useful like a Slammer. Also note that their pilots don't fly well when in shock.