Viper (TOS)

From Battlestar Wiki, the free, open content Battlestar Galactica encyclopedia and episode guide
Revision as of 13:38, 14 September 2006 by Joe Beaudoin Jr. (talk | contribs) (some expansion)
This article discusses the Viper fighter seen in the Original Series. For information on the Vipers used in the Re-imagined Series, see Viper (RDM). Note: for the single appearence of the Original Series Viper in the Re-imagined Series, see the bottom of this article.
Viper
Viper
Race: Colonial
Type: Military
FTL: No
Propulsion: three sublight aft-mounted engines
Crew: 1 pilot
Capacity:
CO: {{{co}}}
XO: {{{xo}}}
Role: Space superiority fighter
Weapons: 2 forward-firing laser-torpedo guns
Armaments: {{{arm}}}
Defenses: {{{def}}}
Aircraft: {{{aircraft}}}
Aviation facilities: {{{facilities}}}
Fate: {{{status}}}
Emblem: [[Image:{{{patch}}}|175px|Ship's patch]]
Other Images: Gallery
Dimensions
Length: (approx) 28.54ft (8.7m)
Width: (approx) 12.47ft (3.8m)
Height: {{{height}}}
Weight: {{{weight}}}
Wingspan: {{{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
Armor Total: {{{armor total}}}
Armor Left: {{{armor left}}}
Armor Right: {{{armor right}}}
Armor Front: {{{armor front}}}
Armor Rear: {{{armor rear}}}
Armor Top: {{{armor top}}}
Armor Bottom: {{{armor bottom}}}
Armament
DRADIS Range: {{{dradis range}}} m
Processing Power: {{{processing power}}}
Munition Slots: {{{munitions}}}
Munition Cooldown Period: {{{munition cooldown}}} turns
Squadron Slots: {{{squadrons}}}
Special Abilities: {{{special abilities}}}
Additional Information
Viper in the separate continuity
Viper in the primary continuity

The Colonial Viper is the primary space superiority fighter and attack craft deployed by the Colonial military. Capable of both atmospheric and long-range spacial flight, the Viper is a single-pilot craft with two-forward mounted laser-torpedo guns as standard.

The Viper is capable of rapid acceleration in the form of a "turbo boost" feature, which results in greater fuel usage (The Living Legend, Part I).

Vipers are equipped with an onboard computer which contains a warbook, an electronic reference of ships which, in conjunction with scanners, can give the pilot information on a ship (Saga of a Star World) and identify whether or not there are life forms onboard the said ship (The Living Legend, Part I).

Variants and Modifications

  • A "Recon Viper" variant has been developed, possessing greater speed and manueverability capabilities than a typical Viper, but lacking any armament due to the removal of the laser pumps. It also possesses an advanced voice interface. Starbuck is the only warrior known to have flown this variant (The Long Patrol).
  • On missions where Vipers must endure extreme heat or other environments that could endanger the pilot, specially designed shielding can be applied to the cockpit canopy. This extra layer of protection was used in the Madagon star cluster and prevented pilots from being hurt by the incredible heat and light in the region (Saga of a Star World).

Re-imagined Series

This type of Viper is briefly seen in the Galactica exhibition in the Miniseries, indicating that Vipers of this type may have once been used on Galactica herself.

Related images

Notes

  • In Galactica 1980, some Vipers were outfitted with stealth technologies that rendered the Viper craft invisible to the eye (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I).
  • Also in 1980, a two-seater version of the Viper was seen throughout the series. However, despite its appearances in 1980, this variant may have been hinted at as early on as "Saga of a Star World", when Adama and Apollo made a landing on Caprica after the destruction of the Colonies. However, this variant was never explictly seen during the classic series' run.