Raider (TOS)

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This article is about the Original Series raider. For other versions, see Cylon Raider.

Cylon Raider
Cylon Raider
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Cylon Raider in the separate continuity
Cylon Raider in the primary continuity

The Raider is the primary fighter attack craft of the Cylons. Raiders are typically crewed by three centurions. Two centurions sit up front at the controls to pilot the ship, while the third centurion sits on a raised chair behind the others to command and coordinate (The Hand of God).

It is armed with two forward-firing laser cannons and can carry bombs in bays within the wings and on racks mounted beneath the wings (Lost Planet of the Gods, Part II). Oval in shape, the piloted Raider has two sublight engines for propulsion. The vehicle is both space and atmosphere-capable (The Long Patrol).

On extended missions, Raiders have been known to be accompanied by fuel tankers. This allows wings of Raiders to cross large areas of space (relatively speaking) at sublight speeds without the aid of a basestar. This tactic is normally used on sneak attack missions, allowing Raider wings to slip past enemy defenses undetected, whereas a basestar would easily be spotted by enemy scanners (Saga of a Star World).

A typical Raider crew (Saga of a Star World).

Despite their larger crew and greater potential for firepower, the Raider often finds itself outmatched by the Colonial Viper. This may be in part to the greater maneuverability of the Viper, and the skill of the Colonial Warriors that fly them. Apollo seems confident in his ability to defeat Raiders if they possess any fewer than 10 to 1 in numbers (Saga of a Star World).


Advanced A-B Raider

The A-B Raider above earth.

The massive A-B Raider is an advanced form of Raider. It has a crew of five, consisting of two Cylon Androids (Andromus and Andromidus) and three Centurions. Its exact offensive and defensive capabilities are unknown. It seems to possess an offensive range far greater than that of conventional Raiders (and Colonial Vipers) as well as some form of communication jamming.

In the only recorded encounter, Captain Kanon and Lieutenant Britton discover the A-B Raider while on recon duty in a two-seat version Colonial Viper. Unable to damage it with the Viper's conventional weapons, Kanon rams the A-B Raider, crippling both craft. The A-B Raider's trajectory causes it to crash on the surface of Earth, destroying all its occupants except its Commander, Andromus, and one of the Centurion pilots. While Lieutenant Britton is injured in the collision, the Viper manages to limp back to Galactica to report their findings on this new threat and the fact that the Cylons have landed.

The A-B Raider is fitted with an automatic detonator, a self-destruct device that is capable of destroying the craft entirely. After crash landing outside of New York City, Andromus activates this mechanism, noting they had microns until it destroyed the ship. The New York State Police that respond to the crash are unable to find anything (The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I).

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