Fer-de-Lance - Profile
Default version
ManufacturerZorgon Peterson
Dimensions73.6L - 51.6W - 15.4H
Cost51,567,040 CR
Insurance2,578,352 CR
Top Speed265 m/s
Boost Speed357 m/s
Shields271 MJ
Hull Mass250 t
Cargo Capacity24 t
Fuel Capacity8 t
Unladen Jump Range7.04 ly
Landing Pad SizeMedium
Hardpoints6x Utility Mounts
4x Medium Hardpoints
1x Huge Hardpoint
Internals1x Size 1 Compartment
1x Size 2 Compartment
2x Size 4 Compartments
1x Size 5 Compartment
Maximum/Upgraded versions
Jump Range20.94 ly
Top Speed302 m/s
Top Boost407 m/s
Cargo Capacity70 t
Ship values
Mass lock factor12

The Fer-de-Lance is another classic design that has now been in production for two centuries. The ship became famous for its popularity with top business executives and wealthy bounty hunters, being a fast, well armed vessel, with luxurious accommodation and high quality components fitted as standard. Early models were built by Zorgon Peterson, but more recently, limited numbers have been upgraded by Saud Kruger in a rare collaboration, resulting in even more lavish creations, without spoiling the original design and specification requirements.

— In-Game Description

The Fer-de-Lance (commonly abbreviated as FDL) is a heavy combat ship, featuring a hull that is a bit more resistant to smaller weapons than other ships of its class.[1] It is the only medium ship capable of mounting class 4 weaponry. Although fast, manoeuvrable, well armed and well shielded, the Fer-De-Lance suffers from a few major drawbacks, which include poor jump range, tiny fuel tank and a limited number of internal compartments for its size.


The pilot's station is offset from the centre-line to the starboard. The Auxiliary station is offset from the centre-line to the port and slightly farther back from the front. The canopy glass offers a phenomenal field of view: more than 90 degrees vertically, and more than 180 degrees horizontally.

The weapon hardpoints are located as follows: two top mounted class 2 hardpoints on the nose, about a quarter of the way back from the tip, two side mounted class 2 hardpoints, at about the ship's midpoint, and a single bottom mounted class 4 hardpoint in the centre of the ship's frame. Four out of six utility mounts are located around the huge hardpoint on the bottom, with the other two being behind the cockpit, next to the fins on top of the vessel.

The Fer-De-Lance has a relatively low heat signature, and is well-suited for both shielded (using a shield cell does not result in a major overheating, and the strong base shielding can be improved further with shield boosters) and shieldless stealth builds (small heat output, durable hull and the ability to mount several heat sinks without sacrificing other utility modules allowing for prolonged silent running).

The Fer-De-Lance has different heat radiator animations for general heat dissipation and Frame-Shift Drive charge up for hyperspace. While both feature the animation of the same yellow/orange lighted radiators, the Frame-Shift Drive charging animation also features blue lighted radiators and two blue beams. The blue beams are projected from slightly behind the cockpit and are visible from the cockpit from the side windows on both sides.

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen Notes
109 Piscium Ising Dock 6/10/2017
109 Piscium Ising Dock 27/12/2016
20 Ophiuchi Chargaff Port 17/09/2017
44 B Ophiuchi Feustel Gateway 12/6/2015
78 Ursae Majoris Berners-Lee City 23/5/2015
Asgaa Wheeler Horizons 20/4/2015
Bunuras Noguchi Enterprise 12/12/2015
Cerno Kanwar Enterprise 18/12/2015
Disci Snodgrass Orbital 1/3/2015
Euboa Foreman Orbital 21/3/2015
Facece Simpson Depot 4/4/2015
Fedmich Roberts Port 27/1/2017
CD-36 1535 Aoki 12/3/2016
Gandui Regiomontanus ring 15/3/2015
Gunnovale Bradley Station 17/12/2015
HIP 18828 Ruppelt City 6/4/2015
HIP 96932 Bond Dock 12/8/2015
HIP 102895 Barmin Terminal 17/5/2015
HIP 107385 Winthrop Enterprise 22/5/2015
HR 943 Hildebrandt Terminal 30/5/2015
HR 1980 Low City 12/1/2016
Kamaki Shinjo Station 23/3/2015
Khampti Wafa Hub 30/3/2015
Khernidjal West Gateway 6/5/2015
Laifangyi Anning Enterprise 1/7/2015
Lakluit Garriott Hub 16/7/2015
Leesti George Lucas 27/7/2015
LHS 492 Lem Port 8/12/2016
Lo Pegasi Garcia Station 14/5/2015
LP 694-16 Chapman Terminal 1/1/2017
LP 926-40 Lee City 23/4/2015
LTT 15278 Zholobov Enterprise 27/4/2015
Tolians Kuo Dock 31/8/2016
Malloc Julian Gateway 13/4/2015
Mundjiga Sagan Port 17/3/2015
Okinura Fisher Terminal 23/2/2016
Praecipua Denton Dock 28/3/2015
STKM 1-1118 Dupuy De Lome 26/12/2015
Tolians Kuo Dock 11/8/2015
Vesper-M4 Oluwafemi Depot 24/04/2017
Wailladyan Bass Port 16/6/2015
XI Ursae Majoris Durrance Dock 8/10/2017
Zavijah Wheelock Ring 17/3/2015
Mu-1 Cygnus Furrer Gateway 11/3/2017


Main article: Outfitting

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

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser F 1 2
Pulse Laser F 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Huge Hardpoint Empty -- -- 4
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 6 6
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 5 5
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 4 4
Environmental Control Life Support E 4 4
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 6 6
Sensor Suite Sensors E 4 4
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x8] C 3 3
Internal Compartments Cargo Rack [x16] E 4 5
Shield Generator E 4 4
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Empty -- -- 2
BDS E 1 1
  • (L) = Loaned
  • [x#] = Capacity
  • BDS = Basic Discovery Scanner


  • In the original Elite it was faster than the Cobra (but not playable).
  • Added to game in version 1.2.
  • Some weapons on the huge hardpoint clip into the bottom of the hangar when viewed in Outfitting.
  • The radiators on the outside of the engine pods glow blue while FSD is charging.
  • Prior to 1.5/2.0 the ship utilized a class 5 powerplant, resulting in major power issues.

Videos Edit



  1. Sandro Sammarco in the Official Forums

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