Development began in 2527 and in 2536 the first order of 700 was commissioned. In 2645 it was phased out in favor of the CF-117b Rapier with enhanced missile capacity and more efficient neutron gun rotary-barrel. This model was either developed in conjunction with the F44-A Rapier or is the same ship. F44-A Rapiers were still in use by 2554 but most had been replaced with the CF-117b.
- ↑ Chris McCubbin, Official Authorized Wing Commander Confederation Handbook, Joan's Ships of Known Space