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Fighters. These ships have substantially higher durability and firepower but less maneuverable compared to The M4 and M5. A greater range of missile can be mounted to them.

Stats Overview

NameRaceMax Speed (m/s)*Max Acceleration*Max Steering (rpm)*HullMax Shield (MJ)Shield Power Generator (MW)Lasers and Turrets**Laser Energy (MJ)Laser Energy Reload Rate (MW)Max CargobayWare Transport ClassHangarPriceAvailability***
#deca.cefaTerran214.85168.324,0002 x 25MJ7808,0,0,0,0,0,23,00075234L0534,350Available for purchase
***Undefined Hauler*** (1-2)Argon57?60025/100,0,0,0,0,0,010,000499.90T07,500Not found in vanilla
***Undefined Hauler*** (3)Argon0?60000,0,0,0,0,0,010,000499.90T00Not found in vanilla
Advanced BarracudaBoron227.54861.118,0003 x 25MJ6278,0,0,0,0,0,04,080102197M01,655,000Available for purchase
Advanced MambaSplit26566.354.517,0003 x 25MJ7158,0,0,0,0,0,06,000150224L01,736,600Occasionally for purchase/Bail
Advanced PerseusParanid2093362.619,0004 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,16,200160160M01,669,800Available for purchase
BarracudaBoron1803852.218,0002 x 25MJ5708,0,0,0,0,0,03,40085208M0916,000Available for purchase
Barracuda PrototypeBoron1904242.518,0003 x 25MJ7508,0,0,0,0,0,05,600120208L01,603,050Bail only
Barracuda RaiderBoron228.54861.117,1001 x 25MJ6278,0,0,0,0,0,03,40085187M01,374,000Available for purchase
Barracuda SentinelBoron174.53142.818,0003 x 25MJ6278,0,0,0,0,0,03,40085187M01,282,450Available for purchase
Barracuda VanguardBoron1984254.817,1002 x 25MJ6278,0,0,0,0,0,04,080102197M01,145,000Available for purchase
BlastclawPirates145.63454.618,0003 x 25MJ7154,2,0,0,0,0,26,800136230L03,266,000Bail only
Blastclaw PrototypePirates159.63654.618,0004 x 25MJ 7154,2,0,0,0,0,26,800136650L03,592,600Bail only
Cluster (1-4)Kha'ak5771240,0003 x 25MJ3003,0,0,0,0,0,010,000499.995M0625,000Not found in vanilla
FalconTeladi119.919.435.724,0004 x 25MJ6608,0,0,0,0,0,03,70092.5283L01,167,500Available for purchase
Pirate FalconPirates130.43344.318,0002 x 25MJ5708,0,0,0,0,0,04,100102.5374L0839,650Bail only
Falcon HaulerTeladi13216.630.426,6401 x 200MJ6608,0,0,0,0,0,13,70092.5353XL01,284,300Available for purchase
Falcon PrototypeTeladi1322137.529,3044 x 25MJ7268,0,0,0,0,0,14,440120353L01,459,400Bail only
Falcon SentinelTeladi1081529.324,0002 x 200MJ7268,0,0,0,0,0,13,70092.5254L01,634,550Occasionally for purchase/Bail
Falcon VanguardTeladi98.32037.522,8001 x 200MJ7268,0,0,0,0,0,14,440111268L01,459,400Available for purchase
Pirate Falcon VanguardPirates137.33356.219,0003 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,07,44018672M0839,650Bail only
FighterKha'ak153.37156.412,0003 x 25MJ8503,0,0,0,0,0,010,500262.4150M0763,350Random claimable ship only
LXenon164.92968.324,0003 x 25MJ7806,0,0,0,0,0,03,00075234L0534,350Bail only
MambaSplit2105346.616,0002 x 25MJ6508,0,0,0,0,0,05,000125224L0992,350Available for purchase
Mamba RaiderSplit266.86854.615,2001 x 25MJ7158,0,0,0,0,0,15,000125201L01,488,500Available for purchase
Mamba SentinelSplit172.34438.216,0003 x 25MJ7158,0,0,0,0,0,05,000125201L01,389,300Occasionally for purchase/Bail
Mamba VanguardSplit231594915,2002 x 25MJ7158,0,0,0,0,0,06,000150212L01,240,450Available for purchase
NovaArgon15027.553.820,0003 x 25MJ7508,0,0,0,0,0,15,600140236L0992,350Available for purchase
Pirate NovaPirates971938.620,0003 x 25MJ6608,0,0,0,0,0,13,70092.5236L0992,350Bail only
Nova PrototypeArgon187.53562.820,0004 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,16,720168236L01,736,600Bail only
Nova RaiderArgon190.53462.919,0003 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,15,600140216L0992,350Available for purchase
Pirate Nova RaiderPirates145.33462.919,0003 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,15,600140212L01,488,500Bail only
Nova SentinelArgon1232244.120,0003 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,15,600140214L01,389,300Available for purchase
Nova VanguardArgon1653056.519,0003 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,16,720168224L01,240,450Available for purchase
PerseusParanid1652653.520,0003 x 25MJ7508,0,0,0,0,0,16,200155160M0954,150Available for purchase
Perseus RaiderParanid209.73862.619,0002 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,16,200155144M01,431,250Available for purchase
Perseus SentinelParanid135.32443.920,0004 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,16,200155144M01,335,850Available for purchase
Perseus VanguardParanid181.53356.219,0002 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,16,200155152M01,192,700Available for purchase
ScimitarTerran1993251.917,0005 x 25MJ9756,0,0,0,0,0,09,000270188M0915,000Available for purchase
SpitfyreTerran4528878.815,0003 x 25MJ6758,0,0,0,0,0,29,000270212L01,643,000Available for purchase
SusanowaYaki2094856.214,0002 x 25MJ7508,0,0,0,0,0,06,20015587L0900,000Available for purchase
Susanowa HaulerYaki1874347.713,3002 x 25MJ7508,0,0,0,0,0,06,200155152L0975,000Bail only?
Susanowa PrototypeYaki2678365.720,8003 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,07,500190152L0750,000Bail only
Susanowa RaiderYaki264616413,3001 x 25MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,07,440186120L0950,000Bail only?
ThorATF196285116,0005 x 25MJ9158,0,0,0,0,0,29,000270190L01,400,000Available for purchase
Unknown ObjectXenon113.4?74.63,000,0004 x 200MJ8258,0,0,0,0,0,010,0000150L00Not found in vanilla
VentiArgon19541.248.416,0004 x 25MJ82510,0,0,0,0,0,15,600140200L02,050,000Available for purchase
X-perimental ShuttleTerran3213548.616,0001 x 200MJ8906,0,0,0,0,0,05,500225250L01,400,000Operation Loose Ends: Talk to the Teladi

* = Maximum able to be obtained by purchased tunings.   These values can be exceeded by using Pandora Tunings.

** = Number of available laser slots in the Main, Front, Left, Right, Up, Down, Back batteries

*** = Ships with data existing in the vanilla game files are listed but some are not available during play without mods or scripts

Functions and applications

M3 fighters are small fight ships that typically have over double the shielding, laser recharge rate and laser energy capacity of an M4 interceptor but at the cost of speed and manoeuvrability (and a larger price tag).   The larger cargobay found on most M3s combined with a high prevalence of compatibility with medium missiles allows them to rely more on missile use during combat or be able to jump further distances to get to where they are needed.   Among Commonwealth ships, M3s are able to use stronger weapons than M4s like HEPTs (Split Scorpion series excepted), PBGs and EBCs.   The presence of a rear turret on many M3s makes them considerably more resistant to non-swarm missiles than M4s (Eurus excepted).   When used by M1 carriers to fight heavier targets, M3s are typically used as bombers and damage dealers (especially PBG users) while the cheaper and therefore more disposable M4s distract the target.   For many starting scenarios the player will use an M3 as an intermediate playership before upgrading to a heavier fight ship.

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