Viper Defence Craft
|Maximum gross mass||15t|
|Main thruster accel||24.2g|
|Retro thruster accel||10g|
|Hyperdrive ranges||Class 1:4.61|
|Standard drive||Class 2|
As the name implies, this vessel has been the security forces mainstay for a very long time. Try opening fire at a space station and you'll see what that means.
The low end of Medium Fighters, the Viper is a worthwhile step up for aspiring Commanders when they have outgrown their Light Fighter. It can be equipped with all the devices you hardly ever managed to fit into your Eagle or Saker, even a couple of shield generators, and still have room for, say, two passenger cabins or a small cargo bay. Of course, two shield generators don't make you invincible, so the typical Freelancer only sees the Viper as intermediate step, and switches up to bigger Medium Fighters as soon as possible.
Not bad at all for a small craft. The Viper MkII is better in some details, but that doesn't mean you have to ignore the VDC if this one is available when you want to get a new craft and the Viper II is not.