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Alliance Challenger
Alliance Challenger
Expansion Content
ExpansionHorizons
Faction Specific
FactionAlliance
Rank RequiredNone
Default version
ManufacturerLakon Spaceways
TypeCombat
Cost30,472,265 CR
Insurance1,523,613 CR
Top Speed204 m/s
Boost Speed316 m/s
Manoeuvrability4
Shields208 MJ
Armour540
Hull Mass450 t
Cargo Capacity40 t
Fuel Capacity16 t
Unladen Jump Range8.58 ly
Landing Pad SizeMedium
Hardpoints4x Utility Mounts
3x Small Hardpoints
3x Medium Hardpoints
1x Large Hardpoint
Internals2x Size 2 Compartments
2x Size 3 Compartments
2x Size 6 Compartments
3x Size 4 Military Compartments
Maximum/Upgraded versions
Jump Range23.87 ly
Top Speed251 m/s
Top Boost360 m/s
Cargo Capacity152 t
Ship values
Mass lock factor13

A modified version of the Alliance Chieftain, the Alliance Challenger has been envisaged as a frontline combat vessel. With a generous complement of hardpoints, the Challenger can more than hold its own in a fight, and although it weighs more than its sister ship, it has retained the Chieftain's characteristic agility. It also has stronger armour than the Chieftain, allowing it to soak up a significant amount of punishment.

— In-Game Description

The Alliance Challenger is a variant of the Alliance Chieftain manufactured by Lakon Spaceways for the Alliance in response to the Thargoid threat.[1] Capitalizing on the Chieftain's strengths, the Challenger boasts enhanced specifications in the form of additional weapon hardpoints and more durable armour without making significant alterations to manoeuvrability.[2]

Overview Edit

For owners of the Alliance Chieftain looking for a similar ship with added firepower and durability, the Alliance Challenger delivers.

The Challenger trades one large hardpoint for two additional medium hardpoints, increasing its overall damage output in combat. It also retains the same manoeuvrability of the Chieftain, letting it keep its hardpoints on target and dodge fire. Its true power comes from its increased shield and armour health, which when combined with its mobility lets the Challenger become a very tricky ship to take down. Its extra Class 6 compartment lets it bring along a much larger Shield Cell Bank, which significantly boosts the power of its defences. The Challenger is more than capable of taking down any other medium ship, and even large ships like Anaconda are easy to defeat with the high mobility and damage output of the Challenger. Finally, the Challenger is even better against Thargoids with these buffs, letting it become an incredibly effective anti-Xeno vessel.

Its hardpoints are arranged almost identically to the Chieftain, albeit it exchanges the top-most Large Hardpoint for two Medium Hardpoints that are located directly behind the forward landing gear. Utility slots are well-distributed and have minimal obstructions, with two on top roughly in the middle of the craft, and two on the underside slightly further back. Like the Chieftain, the Challenger has a second seat for Multicrew, but with no capability for Ship-Launched Fighters the only option for secondary crew is as a turret gunner and operator for other subsystems.

The Challenger has an increased cargo capacity of 152t over the Chieftain's 120t. This makes the Challenger a very good trader and Pirate as it is only outdone by the Federal Gunship, Krait MkII and Python for medium ship cargo capacity.

The only real downside other than cost compared to Chieftain is its jump range, taking a significant dive to just under 24LYs before engineering. The Challenger does boast much better internals, and Guardian Boosters will let it outdo the Chieftain.

Although the Challenger's upgrades come with a higher purchase price than the Chieftain, it is still substantially cheaper than a number of other medium vessels, such as the Federal Gunship, Krait MkII, Python, and Fer-de-Lance, while still being able to take on each of those ships in a firefight.

The Alliance Challenger is most commonly available in Alliance systems. Despite its name and affiliation, it requires no rank or reputation with the Alliance to purchase.

Purchase Locations Edit

System Station Date Seen Discount
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Alioth Golden Gate Always available
LTT 4772 Shelley Terminal Aug. 8, 2018
10 Canum Venaticorum Alvares Bastion Jun. 28, 2018
Zaonce Ridley Scott Station Jun. 28, 2018
G 122-60 Watts Enterprise Jun. 29, 2018
Furuhjelm III-674 Tshang City Jun. 29, 2018
LHS 2771 Sarafanov Vision Jun. 30, 2018
LHS 3356 Pytheas Orbital August 08, 2018
Kaushpoos Neville Horizons August 24, 2018

OutfittingEdit

Main article: Outfitting

All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Alliance Challenger.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Small Hardpoint Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Large Hardpoint Empty -- -- 3
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys C 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 6 6
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 6 6
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 5 5
Environment Control Life Support E 5 5
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 6 6
Sensor Suite Sensors E 4 4
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x16] C 4 4
Internal Compartments Cargo Rack [x32] E 5 6
Shield Generator E 6 6
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
BDS E 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Military Compartments Empty -- -- 4
Empty -- -- 4
Empty -- -- 4
  • (L) = Loaned
  • [x#] = Capacity
  • BDS = Basic Discovery Scanner

NotesEdit

  • The Alliance Challenger was released with the Chapter Two (3.1) update of Elite Dangerous: Beyond on June 28, 2018.
  • When editing the Ship ID livery logo the camera will zoom to the wrong side for each option.

Trivia Edit

  • The Challenger is the third ship to be manufactured by Lakon Spaceways for the Alliance, after the Alliance Chieftain and Type-10 Defender.
  • Like the Alliance Chieftain, the Challenger is named after a British tank, specifically the FV4O34 Challenger 2.
  • The design of the Challenger seems to be based off an Attack Helicopter; with a notably similar cockpit and weapon locations to various models (below the nose, and two symmetrically placed on the underside).
  • An early model of the Alliance Chieftain is virtually identical to the design of the Challenger.

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References Edit

  1. Frontier Forums: Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter Two Release Date
  2. /r/EliteDangerous: Lavecon Panel: Beyond Q4 Sneak Peeks + Q&A ~ Quick Notes