Raider (RDM)

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This article is about the Re-imagined Series Raider fighter craft. For other versions, see Cylon Raider.

The Raider is the primary aerospace attack craft used by the Cylons against the peoples of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol.

Modern Raider

Modern Raider
Modern Raider
Race: Cylon
Type: Military
FTL: Yes
Propulsion:
Crew: None (biomechanical being)
Capacity:
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Role: Space superiority fighter
Weapons: 2 kinetic energy weapons,
Capable of carrying conventional/nuclear missiles.
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Dimensions
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Height: 4.97 feet (1.52 meters)
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Wingspan: 18.3 feet (5.59 meters)
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Modern Raider in the separate continuity
Modern Raider in the primary continuity

The modern Raider, called sparrow in Colonial military jargon (Maelstrom), radically redesigned but still resembling its past incarnation as a giant flying wing, is first encountered 40 years after the Cylon War, when the Cylons launch their devastating surprise attack on the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. During this attack, Raiders transmit commands to Colonial vessels utilizing the Command Navigation Program (CNP). Compromised prior to the attack, the CNP was programmed with backdoors that permitted the Cylons to cut the power of any ship carrying the program (Miniseries).

This incarnation of the Raider is initially thought to be wholly mechanical in design, with a high-level AI controlling it. However, from inspection of a damaged Raider forced down in a firefight and recovered by Lieutenant Kara Thrace (Act of Contrition), the craft is found to be bio-mechanical in nature (You Can't Go Home Again), incorporating a number of large organs in its design, including a central brain. In effect, a modern Raider is a creature in itself.

Though Raiders are self-aware, their intelligence level is less than that of a humanoid Cylon and more like a trained animal (Six Degrees of Separation). Nonetheless, they are capable of independent thought and action, and can refuse to follow orders if they choose (Six of One). Much like the humanoids, the bio-mechanical Raider's consciousness resurrects in a new "body" if it is destroyed. While this allows the Raider to "learn" from its previous mistakes and become a more proficient killing machine, it can cause Raiders to develop what can be described as a desire for revenge after repeated deaths (Scar). Galactica's Viper pilots are regularly outnumbered and survive, indicating that Cylon Raiders are generally not matches for skilled human pilots.

The Raider is equipped with an FTL drive system (Miniseries). Following tests on the Raider captured by Galactica, this FTL system is found to be far more efficient in jump calculations than Colonial FTL systems. The drive shows its accuracy when Lt. Thrace takes the Raider from a point somewhere near the vicinity of Kobol back to Caprica in a single jump (Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I).

It is armed with conventional and nuclear missiles carried in internal wing bays and two pairs of kinetic energy weapons of different calibers mounted under the leading edge of the wings. Curiously, the Raiders have not been seen using their missiles since the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. This may indicate that Raiders are not normally armed with missiles.

Like its counterpart, the Colonial Viper, the Raider is capable of atmospheric operations, and retains an aerodynamic shape (You Can't Go Home Again).

During the Battle of the Ionian Nebula, a Raider identifies one of the Final Five after their activation, causing all of them to refuse to fight further and forces the Cylons to retreat (He That Believeth In Me). Cavil (a Number One) concludes that the Raiders exceeded their programming, and to regain control over them the humanoid Cylons must reconfigure the Raiders' neural architecture and shave down their heuristic responses, essentially lobotomizing them and "dumbing them down." This decision leads to a violent split among the Cylons ("Six of One", "The Ties That Bind").

Cylon War-era Raider

Cylon War-era Raider
Cylon War-era Raider
Race: Cylon
Type: Military
FTL: Yes
Propulsion:
Crew: Up to 3 Centurions
Capacity:
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XO: {{{xo}}}
Role: Space superiority fighter, dropship
Weapons: 2 guns
Armaments: {{{arm}}}
Defenses: {{{def}}}
Aircraft: {{{aircraft}}}
Aviation facilities: {{{facilities}}}
Fate: {{{status}}}
Emblem: [[Image:{{{patch}}}|175px|Ship's patch]]
Other Images: Gallery
Dimensions
Length:
Width: {{{width}}}
Height:
Weight: {{{weight}}}
Wingspan:
Other: {{{otherdi}}}
Game Information
Cost: {{{construction}}}
Construction Time: {{{construction}}}
Hull Size: {{{hull size}}}
Hull: {{{hull}}}
Mobility
FTL Cooldown: {{{ftl cooldown}}} turns
Speed: {{{speed}}} m/s
Turn Rate: {{{turn rate}}}°/turn
Armor Sum
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Armor Left: {{{armor left}}}
Armor Right: {{{armor right}}}
Armor Front: {{{armor front}}}
Armor Rear: {{{armor rear}}}
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Armor Bottom: {{{armor bottom}}}
Armament
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Additional Information
Cylon War-era Raider in the separate continuity
Cylon War-era Raider in the primary continuity

The original Cylon Raider as seen during the Cylon War resembled a great flying wing.[1]

Deployed en masse by the original-configuration basestar, Raiders were used to great effect against battlestars and were nearly a match in maneuverability against their opponent, the Viper Mark II. They were also used as drop-ships for deploying ground forces (as exemplified by the Battle of Tauron), and were capable of landing in a vertical fashion, much like the Colonial Raptor ("Razor", extended version).

Raiders, in combination with basestar missile salvos, destroyed the battlestar Columbia during Operation Raptor Talon (Razor Flashbacks).

This Raider model had a crew comprised of three Centurions. From the rear cockpit a Command-variant Centurion gave orders to two Cylons positioned at the front to pilot, navigate, and handle weapons.

40 years later, some of these Raiders are still in active service and used by the Guardians (Razor).

Notes

  • In an homage to the Original Series Raider, the weapons fire of the Re-imagined Series Cylon Raiders is blue-white. Given the use of conventional weaponry only in the series, these are probably muzzle flashes and tracer rounds, and not energy weapons like in the Original Series.
  • As of "Razor", a new exterior design is being used for the modern Raider. This version displays a more reflective outer armor, and has a flatter face with a sharper jaw line. Overall, this affords the Raider a closer resemblance to the Centurion foot-soldier.

Related Imagery

  • The concept drawings represent the interior of the modern Raider and emphasize the bio-mechanical nature of the craft. They are very close to the fully realized versions seen in the Re-imagined Series. However, there were several changes made and these drawings should not be considered completely canon.

References

  1. This fighter design is an homage to the Original Series version of the Raider.