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Small, highly manoeuvrable short range 'hunter-killer', the Viper was specifically designed for GalCop Space Policing purposes by Faulcon Manspace and are build under licence on all Medium Tech worlds. The Viper is a single pilot craft, but can carry up to ten humanoid passengers. It has no cargo space, but had a 'tug' capability, and can tow a ship of up to 140,000 MTS mass (including the Cobra Mk 3). This popular ship is also carried by large freighter convoys, for defensive purposes.


The Viper Mk III is the most recent development of the most successful fighter classes ever built. The original Viper Defence Craft was designed by Faulcon Manspace in 2762 in the Reorte shipyards. The basic model was beefed up with the Viper II by Faulcon deLacy. The new Viper III is a revitalised model with a new more armoured look. It is a top class fighter found in many well-equipped police and naval forces.

Source: The Game Website.


The Viper MkIII is a light fighter craft designed for agile ship-to-ship combat. Its minimal design combined with excellent modularity make it a popular choice for security units and bounty hunters. At a relatively low cost of just over 140,000 credits, it is also a great combat ship for entry-level Commanders. The Viper has a delta-shaped hull which tapers to form two prongs at the front. The cockpit is situated just behind the bow, slightly raised. This gives the pilot an excellent view without exposing the canopy to potential damage.

The Viper lands on two small rear struts and one large front strut which doubles as a boarding ramp to the cockpit.

The Viper, like all modern ships, is powered by a nuclear fusion reactor. It is propelled by two primary fusion/plasma engines which provide forward thrust and are capable of reverse thrust. Smaller thrusters act as stabilizers and provide force for pitch, roll, and yaw manoeuvres.

Heat is dissipated through radiators at the rear of the ship. The Viper is also capable of using heat sink launchers to expel heat.

The Viper MkIII made its first appearance in Standard Beta 1. It is a vessel used by Station security forces and law enforcement, and is currently one of the fastest ships available to purchase. It is primarily intended for combat; compared to the multi-role Cobra MkIII, it has the same weapons capacity, slightly stronger shields per shield class, slightly weaker hull, marginally slower turn rate, much faster strafe speed, faster speed under normal thrust and slower speed under boost.

Its main drawbacks are that its heat dissipation, power generation and hyperspace capacity do not equal that of the Cobra, which limits the value of having the same hardpoint capacity; mounting the ship's full weapon weight makes it very short-ranged, and an energy-heavy armament causes it to either overheat or use all available power very quickly. Fuel is also an issue as the ship comes with capacity of only four tons.

In addition to its official police/security role, the Viper's speed, range, and combat capability make it ideal for bounty hunters, small-load couriers, mercenaries or smugglers, while its small cargo capacity makes it a very poor choice for traders, and a survivable but inadequately profitable platform for pirates.

With proper fitting, the Viper is an excellent fighter capable of standing its ground against more expensive ships.

Source: Alpha Orbital information site.


Faulcon deLacy’s Viper Mk IV takes the Mk III model and beefs it up to a heavy fighter role. While it lacks the speed of the older ship, it enjoys much better protection from its shields and armour. With the capacity for a more capable powerplant and frame shift drive, the MkIV is also better suited for long-range patrols and rapid deployment. The powerplant upgrade potential supports greater customisation for weapons and modules, making this a versatile fighter that would be an excellent addition to any navy or private-security concern.

Source: The Game Website.


The Viper MkIV, built by Faulcon DeLacy, is a heavy fighter craft designed for ship-to-ship combat superiority. Its improved internal capabilities, such as its ability to fit a class-4 power plant, make it more capable as a multirole fighter compared to the Viper MkIII, of which it is the successor.

The Viper MkIV has a delta-shaped hull which is significantly wider than the MkIII. The cockpit is situated just behind the bow, slightly raised. Compared to the MkIII, the MkIV's cockpit is less exposed. The MkIV lands on two small rear struts and one large front strut which doubles as a boarding ramp to the cockpit.

The MkIV has worse shields than the MkIII by default due to its higher hull mass. Despite this, the MkIV is capable of fitting a class-4 Shield Generator, unlike the MkIII. This, combined with an improved hull, give the MkIV superior protection.

These improvements over the MkIII come with the drawbacks of slightly worse manoeuvrability and speed. The MkIV also features a larger hull, which makes it a bigger target. Like the MkIII, it has poor heat dissipation. Prolonged usage of high-output modules easily pushes the ship's temperature over its cooling capacity.

Source: Alpha Orbital information site.

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Rank 378
Num Ratings 112
Average Rating 7.97
Average Weight 3.00
Num Owned 66
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Comments 21
Release Date 1984-09-20
Rank 1323
Num Ratings 29
Average Rating 7.73
Average Weight 3.67
Num Owned 84
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Wishlist 3
Comments 9
Release Date 2014-12-16
Rank 1032
Num Ratings 29
Average Rating 7.97
Average Weight 3.33
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