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As a member of the Vanu Sovereignty, I know that the Scythe has a speed-boosting ability, but it looks like the TR Mosquito has landing gear or something, which I don't seem to have. What's that do? I assume that the NC has a third?

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Short answer: No.

Longer answer: All Empire-Specific Fighter aircraft (Scythe, Mosquito and Reaver) start with the same basic afterburner ability. The acceleration and top speed this ability can achieve vary between specific fighters and can be altered by that aircraft's Performance certifications.

If the pilot has invested points into the appropriate Utility Slot certifications, they may also be able to equip additional abilities, such as the Scout Radar (nearby enemies shown on map), Decoy Flares (disrupts missile lock-on attempts), Ejection System (pilots can bail out safely) and Fire Suppression System (removes the effects of critical damage). The abilities are the same across all factions.

Other abilities are also available in the Defense Slot category, such as Composite Armor, Nanite Auto Repair System and Vehicle Stealth. These are passive systems that do not need to be activated.

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I've seen a Mosquito pilot land before though, which I don't seem to be able to do in a Scythe. – Ullallulloo Dec 15 '12 at 5:58
All ESF can land, just slow down enough and then hold control to descend when you are near the ground. Unlike the Scythe, Mosquitos and Reavers DO have automatically extending landing gear. However, that is just a visual effect and has no gameplay benefits. – dbemerlin Dec 15 '12 at 7:07

Simply put, each empire/faction has a special characteristic:

  • VS fighters are more maneuverable and have the best hover ability.
  • TR fighters are the fastest both in speed and standard fire rate.
  • NC fighters are the most durable, with excellent armor and have the hardest-hitting weapons.

In battle these advantages are not very prominent, but they can make a big difference.

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