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Taipan
Small fighter 01
Default version
ManufacturerFaulcon DeLacy
Dimensions13.9L - 16.9W - 2.6H m
TypeShip-Launched Fighter
Top Speed263 to 273 m/s
Boost Speed544 to 564 m/s
Manoeuvrability40 to 41 deg/s pitch
Shields30 MJ
Armour45
Cargo Capacity0 t
Unladen Jump Range0 ly
Landing Pad SizeFighter Hangar
Hardpoints1x Utility Mount
2x Small Hardpoints

The Taipan short-range fighter is Faulcon deLacy's response to the success of Core Dynamics’ F-63 Condor and the Imperial Fighter designed by Gutamaya Shipyards for the Imperial Navy. The export restrictions on those models has left a wide gap in the market that Faulcon deLacy intends to exploit with the Taipan. Although most independent navies lack the large, capital-class carriers of the two larger superpowers, a range of smaller ships can be fitted with hangars to deploy small numbers of the craft. The Taipan can also act as a short-range critical-response fighter for starports and surface installations.

— In-game description

The Taipan is a Ship-Launched Fighter manufactured by Faulcon DeLacy[1] and included in the Elite Dangerous: Horizons 2.2 update.[2] It can only be deployed from a Fighter Hangar equipped on a larger ship.

OverviewEdit

Of the three fighters, the Taipan is not as fast as the F63 Condor nor as maneuverable as the Imperial Fighter, but it does have the most armour and shields.

The Taipan Fighter can be purchased in Alliance and Independent systems only, but can be restocked in any system.

The rear wings of the Taipan have their in-flight position (the non-docking configuration) animated based on the heat level of the fighter. As the ship's heat level increases, the rear wings will decrease the amount they are swept back in a V shape and will become closer to a straight wing shape.

VariantsEdit

The Taipan is available in 6 variants, which differ only in weapons and utility modules, and slightly in the top and boost speed. F-variants have fixed weapons and G-variants have gimballed weapons.

Variant Weapons Utility Damage Per Second Speed [Boost] (m/s) Pitch / Roll / Yaw Rate (deg/s) Cost (CR) *
Aegis F 2x fixed pulse lasers Point Defence Turret 44 273 [564] 41 / 91 / 18 15,270
AX1 F 2x AX Multi-cannon None 55 279 [577] 42 / ? / ? 15,270
Rogue F 2x fixed plasma repeaters Chaff Launcher 36 263 [544] 40 / 88 / 18 15,270
Gelid G 2x gimballed beam lasers Heat Sink Launcher 25 263 [544] 40 / 88 / 18 15,270
Rogue G 2x gimballed pulse lasers Chaff Launcher 12 263 [544] 40 / 88 / 18 15,270
Gelid F 2x fixed beam laser Heat Sink Launcher 45 263 [544] 40 / 88 / 18 15,270

* This is the cost to initially outfit a Fighter Hangar bay for that fighter type/variant, or to change it to a different fighter type/variant. The cost to restock destroyed fighters is 1,030 CR each.[3]

Purchase Locations Edit

Variant System Station Date Seen Notes
All Types Nganji Christian Dock 03.09.2017
Taipan AX1 Brestla System I Sola Prospect (outpost) 11.14.2017
All Types Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial 11.14.2017

TriviaEdit

  • Concept art of the Taipan referred to it as the "Independent Fighter".
  • The Taipan's design similarities to Lakon Spaceways ships caused many players to assume that it was a Lakon product, but descriptions in the game and on cosmetic items in the Frontier Store for the fighter confirm that it is from Faulcon DeLacy.

Videos Edit

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Screenshot of Taipan flavor text
  2. Elite Dangerous patch 2.2 - aliens, space stations & more | Gamescom 2016, 2016-08-17
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/58q7cv/everything_you_need_to_know_about_ship_launched/

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