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Vulture
Vulture - Profile
Default version
ManufacturerCore Dynamics
Dimensions43.1m x 34.7m x 12.3m
TypeCombat
Cost4,925,615 CR
Insurance246,280 CR
Top Speed215 m/s
Boost Speed348 m/s
Manoeuvrability5
Shields293 MJ
Armour288
Hull Mass230 t
Cargo Capacity8 t
Fuel Capacity8 t
Unladen Jump Range7.93 ly
Landing Pad SizeSmall
Hardpoints4x Utility Mounts
2x Large Hardpoints
Internals2x Size 1 Compartments
1x Size 2 Compartment
1x Size 4 Compartment
1x Size 5 Compartment
1x Size 5 Military Compartment
Maximum/Upgraded versions
Jump Range22.36 ly
Top Speed244 m/s
Top Boost397 m/s
Cargo Capacity56 t
Ship values
Mass lock factor10

The Vulture space superiority fighter sacrifices hardpoint flexibility for manoeuvrability. Advanced manufacturing techniques have allowed the Vulture to integrate large hardpoints into its relatively small frame, offsetting the ship's limited weapon count. The Vulture excels in the role of heavy fighter in strike missions against larger, well defended targets, but its nimble flight characteristics make it equally devastating against smaller targets. A limited cargo and passenger capability has not stopped it becoming a preferred personal transport for those who like to project a certain attitude in their dealings.

— In-Game Description

The Vulture is a heavy space-superiority fighter manufactured by Core Dynamics. Featuring two large hardpoints, the Vulture packs serious firepower into a relatively small frame and excels at combat, but has difficulty adapting to other roles. Although its top speed is mediocre compared to other fighters, it one of the most maneuverable ships on the market owing to its powerful lateral thrusters and extremely powerful engines relative to the ship's mass, only being out-turned by smaller, less-armed ships.

OverviewEdit

In combat, the Vulture is one of the most powerful small ships available. It is capable of easily staying out of the firing range of tougher ships like Anacondas or Pythons and its two Large Hardpoints can quickly deal heavy damage to any ship. It is extremely nimble and can keep fixed mounts on targets very easily. Overall the Vulture is one of the best Bounty Hunter ships available.

Defensively, the Vulture has impressive statistics on paper. It possesses the highest base shield and armor hitpoints out of all small sized ships; it has very good internal compartments (even better than the much more expensive Fer-de-Lance); and its number of utility mounts is 4, the same as larger ships such as Python and Federal Gunship. However, there is a catch: the Vulture is held back by its limited power capacity, which greatly limits viable loadout choices and encourages smart module priority control. Furthermore with just two Hardpoints; one on each side, it makes it very unviable to use turreted mounts, and it makes weapons such as Missiles, Mines or Torpedos extremely unviable. Railguns are also rather unwise due to limited ammo capacity.

The Vulture suffers from overspecialization and is very poor in any job besides bounty hunting and assassination. It has terrible cargo capacity, even for its size so it will do very poorly in any form of trading or mining but most importantly it functions very poorly as a pirate as it has very low space for plundered loot, especially when a Hatch Breaker Limpet Controller is installed, however, its small size makes collecting cargo easier, meaning collector limpets are not needed. It has awful jump range at a woeful maximum of 22.36 ly without engineering, the second lowest of any small sized ship making it not only useless as an explorer, it can't easily get to Interstellar Factors to clear any bounties. Unlike the Fer-de-Lance it does very poorly as an anti-Thargoid ship, as its low number of hardpoints limits its use of Ax weaponry, leaving it without many options to deal with Interceptors. Against Scouts it also suffers as it will struggle to keep a sightline on the quick moving ships; since it cannot make much use of turreted mounts and they will quickly tear the ship to pieces.

Overall the Vulture functions as a small Fer-de-Lance; unbeaten in sheer power for its size but is one of the worst ships in any other role. Because it is so limited to Bounty Hunting it has very few options and makes a poor single vessel for a commander to fly and the Asp Explorer or Keelback may be more appealing due to their multi-purpose ability.

The Vulture's two large hardpoints are located above and behind the cockpit, about halfway down the hull of the ship. Due to the spacing between the hardpoints, a loadout of two fixed weapons may have slight issues with converging on smaller targets.

The Vulture has two manned stations. The pilot's station is on the centerline of the ship. The auxiliary station is offset to the port side above and behind the pilot's station. Because turreted mounts are a very bad idea on a Vulture and it has no fighter bay it is one of the least useful ships for Multicrew.

The Vulture has an available 16 piece cosmetic ship kit that can be purchased from the Frontier store which allows you to "remodel your ship in your personal style". The ship kit does not affect gameplay.

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen Notes
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount, Founders Permit needed
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Hernir Gunn Ring Jan. 2, 2018 15% discount
Duamta Davis Terminal Jan. 2, 2018
TZ Arietis Snyder Enterprise Jan. 2, 2018
Wolf 25 Bonkers Jan. 2, 2018
Chi Orionis Carey Terminal Jan. 2, 2018
Picoria Kohoutek Ring Jan. 8, 2018
Kakas Kube-McDowell Enterprise Jan.19, 2018
LP 926-40 Lee City March 7, 2018
Patani Smith Ring March 11, 2018
Frey Garratt Station April 30, 2018
Deciat Garay Terminal May 31, 2018
109 Piscium Ising Dock Jun 18, 2018 15% discount
Chona Smoot Station 2018-07-03

Default LoadoutEdit

Ship loadouts can be outfitted in various ways at certain stations. Listed below is the default loadout for the Vulture.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Large Hardpoint Pulse Laser F 1 3
Pulse Laser F 1 3
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 4 4
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 5 5
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 4 4
Environment Control Life Support E 3 3
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 5 5
Sensor Suite Sensors E 4 4
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x8] C 3 3
Internal Compartments Shield Generator E 5 5
Empty [m] -- -- 5
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
BDS E 1 2
Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Note: L = Loaned, [x#] = Capacity, BDS = Basic Discovery Scanner, [m] = Military Compartment reserved for Hull Reinforcement Package, Module Reinforcement Package, or Shield Cell Bank.

TriviaEdit

  • The Vulture was originally priced at 21,925,615 CR. After an outcry from the community that it was overpriced, Frontier lowered the cost of the Vulture to 4,925,615 CR.
  • The Vulture is produced by Core Dynamics and sold to all three of the Major Factions.
  • One of the Ship Kit pieces will obscure the pilot's view slightly, making it the only ship kit to somewhat affect gameplay.

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