Cobra Mk III 'Rapier'
|Cobra Mk III 'Rapier'|
|Cargo capacity||12 TC|
|Cargo bay extension||Unknown|
|Maximum speed||0.38 LM|
|Energy recharge rate||
|Gun mounts||Fore, Aft|
|Shield boosters available||Yes|
|Military shields available||Yes|
|OXP or standard||OXP|
|Available to player||Yes|
|Base price||150000 Cr|
The "Rapier" type Cobra Mk III is an advancement from the original, designed for the "fighter/trader who is more a fighter than trader".
Wolfwood Interstellar Technologies (WIT) constructed the Rapier with a more streamlined profile, almost half the height of the original Cobra MK III, with an eye to reducing the chance of incoming fire hitting.
This did present a problem, as the main reason for the old Cobra's height was the large Kruger "Lightfast" drives. This was quickly solved when a fresh young engineer made the innocent comment, "Can't we just lie them on their sides?". Thus the Rapier achieved its aim of decreasing its profile at the expense of an increase in width and loss of cargo space.
When the prototype was almost ready for full production, the technical branch of WIT discovered that they could alter the output from the Kruger drives, pushing the ship's speed by 0.03 LM. Not a great leap in terms of the engines currently available today, but surprising from an engine design that is approaching 70 years old. The secret of this has remained classified and only the top research technicians of WIT are privy to it.
A Cobra Rapier called Olympus was flown by Captain Ander and his co-pilot Quedly in Calliope.
The Cobra Rapier is found in the Wolfwood's Variants OXP.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use the Neolite Wolfies OXP, then you should not use this OXP as the Neolite one replaces this.