| Swordfish II, Model 2405 |
The Swordfish II reverse thrusters helps slow/stop the spacecraft quickly.
|Dimensions:||Length: 13.8 meters
Width: 13.3 meters
Height: 4.8 meters
|Weight:||8.4 metric tons|
|Artillery:||4 GENOM L-s9.3 blaster cannons (internal medium range machine guns)
1 WDF Armory M3C Devastator-class heavy plasma cannon
Optional: variable range missiles
|Power system:||ExoSalusia FR.3a power converter and fusion reactor|
|Propulsion system:||Rolls-Royce AF-15C axial fusion aero-spike turbine|
|Shell/Armor||Forward/Rear Projecting WDF Armory shields
Composite reinforced titanium hull
The Swordfish II is a remodeled MONO Racer. Originally designed for high-speed racing, the craft was given armaments and converted into a space-ready fighter.
Spike Spiegel used the Swordfish II for over a decade after obtaining it from Doohan prior to year 2071, who was responsible for most of the high performance modification made to the ship. After teaming up with Jet Black, Spike stored the Swordfish II in Bebop's hangar.
An old MONO racer, this spaceplane has been modified and refitted extensively to give the craft superior performance and handling. Named the Swordfish II, this racer has been used for over a decade by bounty hunter Spike Spiegel and is well suited for his dangerous line of work. Its incredible speed allows it to rapidly overtake most other aircraft/spacecraft and features numerous high-powered thrusters and a thrust reverser on the main engine that allow for quick stops and near-instant changes in flight. These thrusters grant the craft V/STOL capabilities, lifting into the air with very little need for launch space.
When landed, the two wings can be folded up and over the top of the craft to make the Swordfish II easy to store inside a hangar or ship bay. Like most one-man MONO craft, the Swordfish II features a fully enclosed cockpit pod which can launch from the main body and has limited space flight capabilities.
Utilizing the MONO system (Machine Operation Navigation of Outer space), the Swordfish II can travel in an atmosphere or in space and is capable of both achieving orbit and atmospheric re-entry. The MONO system include various hardware including the airframe control mechanics, navigation system and auto-calculation software. The fusion engine uses a standard aero drive but has been modified with a booster nozzle, which acts as a short-range impulse drive.
For combat, the Swordfish II carries a quartet of internally-sealed machine guns for short- and medium-range firing and also fields a high-powered turreted plasma cannon attached to the ventral side of the fuselage for a long-range punch. The racer also has the option of using missiles on the two hard points mounted on the outside edge of each wing, though Spike's frequent lack of funds means that such weapons are a rare luxury.
Though the ship is well used and appears heavily abused, the Swordfish II is a very robust craft, rarely letting the pilot down. While Spike is an amateur mechanic, his mechanically-adept partner Jet tries to keep the craft in as good a shape as the pair's exploits will allow.
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