Originally Posted by jcde7ago Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Eh, depends on what ship you're melting.
The Vanguard is the first "heavy fighter" to be introduced, and the only fighter of its kind to be completely mil-spec and have redundant systems (2x onboard computer systems, 2x power plants, 2x engines with separate links, etc). It also has a survival pod, an EWAR and radar suite, internal sleeping chambers and reclamation facilities and that's on top of the extended fuel tanks and longer-range/multi-jump capability. This thing is a soloist's dream; yes, it lacks cargo, but i'm sure even the modular system can add cargo at the expense of something else on this thing.
It was also revealed in the latest Around the Verse episode that fighters like the Hornet/Super Hornet will not be capable of multiple jumps without refueling, so those fighters are essentially tied to carriers or must be near fuel depots. That's a pretty massive limitation.
I'm sure Hornets/Super Hornets still have an edge in pure dogfighting, but stick a competent pilot on a Vanguard with a competent gunner on its manned turret and I can't see a Super Hornet taking a Vanguard down, especially with the Vanguard's increased shields/armor, 4x Size 2 guns on the front and 1x Size 5 gun...that's some insane armament. Don't even get me started on its ability to carry torpedos...
From the CommLink transmission:
And yeah...I just melted my Super Hornet LTI to grab a Vanguard. I think I made the right choice.
I was thinking about the same thing. I have a Superhornet LTI package, and the main reason I bought it was because it reminded me of an A-10 Warthog(which was my favorite plane as a kid). I was very disappointed when they took away its gatlin guns, I know I can buy them now, but thats not the point im getting at. The biggest draw back for me with the SH is its range obviously. Not being able to go far from a fuel source is severely limiting.
And now they have this Vanguard, which IMO resembles the A-10 more so, with that big ass gatlin cannon on the front, straight wings, and dual engines with a very high survive ability rate. The only thing I dont like about the Vanguard, is the big atmospheric wings. I dont know why they would be so big. I know you are suppose to be able to do some limited atmospheric flight when landing on planets and such, but honestly doesnt make much sense to me. As space stations would be much better option IMO since you wouldnt have to waste so much energy taking off from the planets, let alone the risk of re-entry. Now if the wings supported weapon mounts, or had maneuvering thrusters at the ends(for increased maneuverability since the thrusters would be pushing on a big lever attached to the ship), would give them a use. Otherwise they are just dead weight in space.
So from my perspective and IMO, the Superhornet is going to be top dog in Arena Commander/highly populated areas in the PU, with the Vanguard being top dog everywhere else(respective for their size and class for same competency pilots). But the price difference is a bit much. I have already invested more into this game than I should of. Now if they change the wings of the Vanguard, and drop its price to a reasonable range, then I may exchange it. But as it stands, Im going to wait it out.
Side note: The Vanguard does sound like an excellent escort for the Orion, along with a Constellation for hauling the precious resources for sale.