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Mantis class Heavy Fighter by DissidentZombie Mantis class Heavy Fighter by DissidentZombie
Finally got around to editing this post. Thanks to all ppl who voted for the name.

Background:
The Mantis class Heavy Fighter is the latest advancement in modular technology. The forward mandibles of this fighter may be configured to carry 2 dual Plasma Cannons for devastating firepower against a single target. Other modules include dual missile packs, a sensor/ECM/ECCM warfare package, 2 quad gattling slug cannons, and 2 double gattling laser cannons. One significantly unique design is the capability to mount two commando drop pods on the oversized mandibles, enabling the fighter to deliver boarding parties much faster than conventional assault cruisers or marine frigates.

The fighter is equipped with multidirectional maneuvering thrusters mounted on mobile wings. The wings shift position on the track wing (U shaped wing connecting all 4 primary foils), giving this fighter extreme maneuverability, even in tight quarters. Five pulse thrust vectoring engines provide forward thrust and additional maneuvering capability. The speed of this fighter is slightly above average, around the velocity of a standard ground attack fighter. Standard shielding and armor is fairly weak on such an expensive fighter, although additional shield generators may be mounted on weapon modules (the rectangular protrusion on the plasma cannon modules).

The Mantis is issued in limited numbers to specialized commando units in the NTG Navy. These squads are designed for pinpoint inflitration and destruction. For example, Crimson Hand Squadron recently captured a top rebel official in a daring low altitude urban raid, consisting of only 12 fighters. Half of these fighters were equipped with standard plasma and missile weaponry, while the other half were loaded with drop pods, each containing two commandos. The fighters proceeded to raid a heavily guarded rebel VIP shuttle, using the armed fighters as escort and suppression, while the other six fighters delivered their human payload directly onto the hull of the transport. The VIP shuttle naturally dove into the relative safety of the urban canyons, trying to evade the fighters. Unfortunately for the rebels, the maneuverability of the Mantis fighters enabled the commandos to box in the transport and escorts within the concrete confines of the city. The less maneuverable escorts were all destroyed while commandos cut through the armor of the transport, boarding with guns blazing. With only two commandos KIA due to flameout on the drop pod engine, the squadron managed to capture the transport and secure a rebel Admiral.

Tech Specs Summary:
Weapon Modules (Can load 2 Modules per fighter)
Dual Heavy Plasma Cannons
Quad "Hurricane" Gattling 44mm HE Cannons
Dual Light Gattling Laser Cannons
"Starfall" Missile Launcher (16 ammo)
ECM/ECCM/Sensor Array
"Meteorstrike" Heavy Warhead Launcher (4 ammo)
Penetrator Drop Pod (2 Personnel)
"Nova" Kamikaze Fusion Fleet Killer Bomb

Module Addons (Can load 1 per Module, runs off Module energy, limits weapon energy resevoir and refire rate)
Miniature Shield Projector
Anti-Missile Laser Projector
Infrared Multifrequency Warhead Designator Laser
Emergency Braking Thruster

Pilot: 1 (2 for long range and training version)
Engines: 5 Pulse Ion Engines with Thrust Vector technology
Powerplant: 5 Ion Converter Generators, 3 Solar/Fusion Backup Generators + 2 Module Self Contained Fuel Cell Packs
Armor: Honeycombed Titanium-Hex Alloy Sheath
Shields: Standard Type-C Fighter Emitters
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Augos Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, that is just SO good!
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Sequito-Equitis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Very cool image.

Reminds me of the Redtail flown by Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop. I guess that shouldn't surprise me as it was also modular (canons at one point, manipulator claws at another).
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zaku1986 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best space fighter design I've ever seen. And nice concept with this drop pods.
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thegreatchimp Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very original looking craft (which I think is a hard thing to come up with, considering the amount of ships designs already out there.) Great looking ship at the same time. Well done.
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thesurviver Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student Writer
wow....just....wow o.o
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
That is the way of the future. Stick with it. That will be hell for a wing commander universe or better yet sStar Wars seting. Also see this for a CONTACT RPG game setting.
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biometal79 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Does this particular design of yours appear in a game? Because if it doesn't, I'd love to buy it off your hands, as a commission, so to speak.

Tell me what you think.
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DissidentZombie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty sure it doesn't, but I was going to add it to one of my own games. What sort of commission were you talking about?
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biometal79 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
A comission just like this one, of a futuristic fighter craft.
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Richard-Daborn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful sketch like my own mate. Very cool. Keep it up.
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