. Ghost Drone Fighter

Ghost Drone Fighter
Faction: RDF
In Service Date: 2008
Out of Service: 2020
Availability: Unlimited
Source: Macross
SCS Author: Paul Brown
Additional Info: Reference Guide

Unit Description:
      The Ghost Drone fighter was designed to act as a supplement to other manned fighters such as the Valkyrie and the Lancer II. Compact and manoeuvrable, the fighter mounted a trio of cannons to either side which could dish out considerable, if inconsistent, damage. It also carried several hardpoints capable of carrying the medium-range stinger missile. Despite its potential, the AI-programming of the Ghost was never quite up to par with manned fighters, allowing enemy pilots to gain the initiative. Zentraedi numbers and tactics led to the RDF focusing on the more versatile and successful Valkyrie. Never the less, the Ghost continued in limited production as allied pilots liked giving the enemy other targets to shoot at, and the SDF-1 was often times critically short on pilots. Post-war, it remained in operation on both ground bases and on the orbiting ARMD platforms until 2020 when it was completely withdrawn from service. The lessons learned would aid in the later development of other Drone fighters.
Ship Control Sheet: rdf_ghost_drone_fighter.pdf December 14/04