The final upgrade to the Valkyie, the Strike was built upon the widely
successful Super Valkyrie design but included improved combat capabilities. In addition to the
extra armour and loadout of starburst missiles, the Strike included a booster-mounted
beam cannon which could be used in all veritech configurations. Though the firing arc
was relatively fixed in any of the three modes, the weapon was still a substantial
improvement to the ammo-dependant Valkyries. Because of the Strike's inability to
operate within an atmosphere, and its relative expense, it was never produced in great
numbers and did not play a major role during the malcontent uprisings. The Strike Valkyrie was
retired before it saw any major combat, retired by the RDF just prior to the mission to Tirol.
And though some Valkyries remained in ASC reserve squadrons until the late 2020s, the Strike
variant was not among them. Some historians believe the Strike was highly influencial in the
design of contemporary veritechs.