The Lancer was an odd design, created specifically for space combat.
Developed after the Hunter space fighter, it learned from many of that craft's mistakes,
improving in survivability and firepower. The main cannon fired a long-range plasma shell
which could engage and destroy enemy mecha in a single hit. The plasma nature of the
warhead made armour less effective, and several squadrons of the craft could even be
effective against enemy warships. The Lancer also carried sevearl stiletto missiles
for added medium-range punch. The Lancer was primarily stationed on the ARMD platforms
which were devastated in the initial assault. They also flew for a time on the SDF-1,
acting in support of the Valkyries until the supply of the Lancers was depleted. They
continued to be produced into the post-war era, where they were stationed aboard the
remaining ARMD platforms until being replaced by the Alpha Fighter several years later.