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Dralthi (Mk. I)
Dralthi
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Production
Type Medium Fighter[1]
Class Dralthi-class
Specifications
Length 28m[1]
Weapons Laser Cannon (2), Porcupine Mines (3), Heat-Seeking Missiles (2)[1]
Shield 5/5cm[1]
Hull 4.5/3/3.5cm[1]
Speed 230/400kps[1]
Yaw/Pitch/Roll 10/14/10dps[1]
Usage
Affiliation Kilrathi Empire, Tortuga
Appearances
First appearance Wing Commander I

Dralthi was a common type of fighter used by the Kilrathi Empire.

HistoryEdit

This type of Dralthi obviously succeeded the earlier KF-100 Dralthi during the Terran-Kilrathi War.

Once Dralthis attacked the Epsilon Prima system. Confed Tactical anticipated this but estimated that the new Dralthi ships wouldn't have enough range and because of this underestimation 5 Confed pilots were lost.[2]

Dralthi evades

Dogfighting a Scimitar

Dralthis led by Commander Krulan nar Ragitagha attacked two Confed Scimitars above a water planet. Both pilots and Krulan crashed on the planet.[3] A swarm of Dralthis attempted to follow a Confed scout ship which spied Kilrathi space through a pulsar hypernode, however they ended up into an ambush set up by Geoffrey Tolwyn[4] more than once.[5] Dralthis were also the complement of the captured ship TCS Morgan[6] and a Kilrathi Carrier around a ringed snow planet.[7]

Dralthi box

A Dralthi in the original Wing Commander I box

Dralthis were a common sight in the Vega Sector.[8]

Pilots of the TCS Tiger's Claw encountered Dralthis during in patrol or other engagements.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Two wings of Dralthi attacked the Claw in Gateway system[17] and later an Exeter-class on its way to Brimstone II.[18] Dakhath nar Sihkag led a wing against an Exeter-class on its way to the Ymir system but he was downed by pilots from the Claw.[19]
Hurricane

Dralthis over Hurricane

Dralthis also participated in a planetary attack in the surface of Hurricane.[20] An escort of Dralthis was engaged by pilots who attacked a Dorkir-class preparing the stage for an assault in Kurasawa.[21] A wing of Dralthis later attacked the TCS Formidable but was fended off by pilots from the Claw.[22]

In another theater of the Vega Campaign, some Dralthis and the 2 Dorkir-class they escorted in the Hubble's Star system but were destroyed by pilots from TCS Eagle's Talon.[23] Similarly, Dralthis attempted to stop the pilots from rendez-vous with a Drayman-class tanker with fuel for the Talon.[24] They also participated to an assault against an Exeter-class in the Hell's Kitchen system[25] and then attempted to stop the Talons jump from that system to Venice.[26][27]

Dralthis were also seen escorting a Fralthi-class in Venice system[28] and were among the craft that guarded the Kilrathi Star Postof Vega Sector.[29]

Another attack against the Claw was made by Dralthis during its incursion to Kilrathi space.[30] During the Operation: Thor's Hammer the elite Reavers marines captured a Dralthi and piloted it back to the Claw and several wings of Dralthis attempted to stop their return.[31]

Around that time, Dralthi Mark II was developed.[32]

Other usesEdit

Dralthi dioscuran

Dioscuran Dralthis

Captured Dralthis were used by the pirates of Daimon Karnes of Tortuga.[33]

Surplus Dralthis were given to the primitive Dioscurans who were trained by the Kilrathi as pilots. These Dralthis beared tribal markings and were modified to operate only with a special coded signal transmitted by the Kilrathi command, so that the natives would never turn against their "benefactors".[34]

SpecificationsEdit

Dralthi closeup

A Dralthi

Dralthis had a distinct circular shape that made Terran pilots refer to them as "flying pancakes"; thanks to the shape of the wings, the wing stabilizers spread around a wide area, giving them great stability even in high speeds.[35]

That early Dralthi had an infamous power overload problem once the shields get pounded a little too hard by the Terran Confederation fighters; 3 or 4 direct hits would overload the shield generator causing them to explode; this defect that made them so easy to kill, was corrected in the next model.[35]

The Dralthi carries 2 missiles in racks above the cockpit and 3 in a centerline hardpoint, and 2 forward laser cannons.[36]

Compared to the Confed Hornets, the Dralthis are almost as fast, with more armor in their fore and aft shields.[37] Their speed and range gives them an advantage over heavier but slower Confed fighters such as the F-44_Rapier_II.

Dralthis were somehow predictable in their movements. After an initial frontal offensive they performed a loop either up or down, then rush away and loop again for another run.[38][39][40]

1.4 missiles are required to destroy a Dralthi, or over 7 direct laser hits.[8]

Notable pilotsEdit

Dralthi parked

Bokh's Dralthi

GalleryEdit

BackgroundEdit

The Academy Years gives the following AI mechanics

Dralthi AI
No Damage Medium Damage Almost Destroyed
Enemy Near 40% try to tail; 60% random offense 70% try to tail; 30% random offense Run away at full afterburners
Enemy Slow 80% strafe attack; 20% get distance 50% strafe attack; 50% try to tail
Enemy Far Intercept enemy fighter
Enemy Tailing 50% tight loop; 50% random defense 50% toll over; 50% random defense
Head-to-Head 70% random offense; 30% random defense 60% random defense; 40% rand. offense
Missile Coming Random defense
Laser Hit 50% corkscrew; 50% random defense Random defense
On Enemy Tail random offense
Enemy Destroyed veer away

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named fof
  2. Wing Commander I, Jotunheim series (Mission 2)
  3. Word of Honor
  4. Expendable
  5. Chain of Command
  6. Walking Wounded
  7. Price of Victory
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wing Commander I, Enyo series (Mission 1)
  9. Wing Commander I, Enyo series
  10. Wing Commander I, McAuliffe series (Mission 1)
  11. Wing Commander I, McAuliffe series (Mission 2)
  12. Wing Commander I, Gimle series (Mission 2)
  13. Wing Commander I, Gimle series (Mission 3)
  14. Wing Commander I, Port Hedland series (Mission 2)
  15. Wing Commander I, Rostov series (Mission 1)
  16. Wing Commander I, Rostov series (Mission 3)
  17. Wing Commander I, Gateway series (Mission 2)
  18. Wing Commander I, Brimstone series (Mission 2)
  19. Wing Commander I, Chengdu series (Mission 2)
  20. Wing Commander I, Dakota series (Mission 3) cutscene
  21. Wing Commander I, Kurasawa series (Mission 1)
  22. Wing Commander I, Kurasawa series (Mission 3)
  23. Wing Commander I, Hubble's Star series (Mission 1)
  24. Wing Commander I, Hubble's Star series (Mission 2)
  25. Wing Commander I, Hell's Kitchen series (Mission 3)
  26. Wing Commander I, Hell's Kitchen series (Mission 4)
  27. Template:Memoirs
  28. Wing Commander I, Venice series (Mission 3)
  29. Wing Commander I, Venice series (Mission 4)
  30. Wing Commander I, Border Zone series (Mission 1)
  31. Wing Commander I, Midgard series (Mission 2)
  32. Wing Commander I, Firekka series (Mission 1)
  33. The Last One Left
  34. Lords of the Sky
  35. 35.0 35.1 Mercedes Lackey and Ellen Guon, Freedom Flight, Chapter 6
  36. Ships of the Animated Series: Dralthi
  37. Template:Memoirs
  38. Wing Commander I, Gateway series (Mission 3)
  39. Wing Commander I, McAuliffe series (Mission 3)
  40. Template:Memoirs

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