|Landing Pad Size||Small|
|Dimensions||27.1m x 44.0m x 7.9m|
|Hull Mass||180 t|
|Mass Lock Factor||8|
|Top Speed||286 m/s|
|Boost Speed||408 m/s|
|Unladen Jump Range||10.46 ly|
|Cargo Capacity||18 t|
|Fuel Capacity||16 t|
|Hardpoints||2x Utility Mounts|
2x Small Hardpoints
2x Medium Hardpoints
|Internals||3x Size 2 Compartments|
3x Size 4 Compartments
|Maximum Non-Engineered Specs|
|Top Speed||325 m/s|
|Boost Speed||464 m/s|
|Unladen Jump Range||28.55 ly|
|Cargo Capacity||60 t|
The Cobra MkIII is a larger and more popular version of the original Cobra MkI. It was first seen in service in 3100 AD, originally manufactured by Cowell & McGrath Shipyard, Lave. Since Cowell & McGrath's acquisition by Faulcon DeLacy it is now branded as a Faulcon DeLacy made ship.
The Cobra MkIII is a classic all-purpose ship found throughout human space. The model was first built in Lave Cowell & McGrath shipyard in Lave in 3100. Despite its age, it remains a popular ship for lone pilots who value its balance of carrying capacity and ability in combat.
— In-Game Description
The pilot's seat of the Cobra MkIII is to the left of the centre of the ship, and has the co-pilot's to the right. It is a multipurpose ship and as such is designed to perform adequately in all roles.
The Cobra's carrying capacity, being more than double that of the Hauler and Adder, and its cost, being almost one third that of the Type-6, makes it a logical stepping stone for aspiring traders as there is no other ship capable of hauling more cargo at the Cobra's size and cost. If the MkIV is not an option then it can remain viable due to its small landing pad requirment. In addition it has much better combat potential than freighters and can defend itself or run away from hostile interdictions.
In combat the Cobra MkIII is quite potent. It has impressive damage output and defences for its price tier and it is very powerful when outfitted and engineered correctly, making it good at both Bounty Hunting and Pirating. The downside of this ship is the combat ability relative to other ships. For bounty hunters who are attempting to tackle skilled opponents the Cobra MkIII can be outmanoeuvred by Eagle MkIIs and Viper MkIIIs, however, its large cargo bay makes it more viable for pirates.
The Cobra MkIII is also a good and affordable exploration ship due to the sizeable Fuel Tank (16t) and the amount of Internal Compartments which allows for the placement of the necessary exploration modules such as a Detailed Surface Scanner, a Fuel Scoop and an Auto Field-Maintenance Unit without the need to remove the shield. The downside is its rather low Jump range compared to other ships. Hitting an average of only 29Ly it can be outranged by the much cheaper Adder and Hauler, making it less viable for long haul trips.
As a Miner the MkIII is very effective. More hardpoints, compartments and cargo space than the Adder make it very effective at its job and can even bring along Limpets due to the extra space. It can be a good stepping stone for Miners until the Keelback becomes an option.
Overall the Cobra MkIII is a very popular ship for good reason; it is a jack-of-all-trades capable of performing very well in any role and essentially functions as a much cheaper Python, making it a good stepping stone for every kind of player.
The weapon hardpoints are located as follows: 2 medium hardpoints in front of cockpit on top of ship, 2 small hardpoints on the underside of the ship. The distance between the two small hardpoints is sizable, which may cause some trouble when mounting multiple fixed weapons since it's hard to hit with all of them at the same time.
An upgraded version named the Cobra MkIV was released alongside Horizons. It sacrifices mobility for more armour and damage output as well as more internal compartments. It is only avaible to PC and Xbox players who bought the expansion during its first year.
The Cobra MkIII has an available 16 piece cosmetic ship kit that can be purchased from the Frontier store, allowing you to "remodel your ship in your personal style". The ship kit is purely cosmetic and does not affect gameplay in any way.
|Shinrarta Dezhra||Jameson Memorial||Always available||10% discount, Founders Permit needed|
|Brestla||i Sola Prospect||Always available||20% surcharge|
|HIP 6978||Plucker Dock||July 27, 2016||15% discount|
|Itza||Ellison Station||Nov 10, 2015|
|Bamu||Tiedemann Dock||Jan 07, 2017|
|Calor||Julian Hub||Aug 06, 2015|
|44 B Ophiuchi||Feustel Gateway||Jun 12, 2015||10% discount|
|AC +26 37030||Culbertson Port||2015-12-27|
|Afli||Pu City||Feb 15, 2015|
|Afli||Quetelet Dock||Feb 15, 2015|
|Arque||Austen Town||Oct 5, 2015|
|Aryak System||Garneau Port||Mar 31, 2015|
|Asgaa||Wheeler Horizons||Apr 20, 2015|
|Biliri||Fan City||Aug 23, 2015|
|Branglal||Skripochka Gateway||Gamma 1.05|
|Breksta||Legendre Ring||Gamma 1.02|
|Cao Yans||Nordenskiold Hub||Feb 26, 2015|
|CD-52 187||Nojiri Dock||May 16, 2015|
|Cebalrai||Hornblower Dock||Version 1.04|
|Ceos||New Dawn Station||Aug 13, 2015|
|Chamunda||Gidzenko Ring||Apr 28, 2015|
|Chemaku||Crampton Port||Gamma 1.0|
|Chick Bara||Israel Station||Jun 18, 2015|
|Chona||Smoot Terminal||Aug 17, 2015|
|Chowei||Swigert Port||Dec 16, 2015|
|Corycia||Piper Hub||Aug 20,2015|
|Cubeo||Medupe City||Aug 17, 2015|
|Dangtei||Harrington Station||Aug 17, 2015|
|Dulos||Wilson Ring||Feb 15, 2015|
|Ededleen||Godel Ring||Apr 10, 2015|
|Eravate||Cleve Hub||July 9, 2017||10% Discount|
|GD 219||McKee Ring||Version 1.03|
|Gliese 563.1||Matteucci Ring||Jul 23, 2015|
|Hanggardi||Soddy Market||Feb 22, 2015|
|Hel||Jones Orbital||Nov 4, 2016||22% discount|
|HIP 20998||Louis de Lacaille Orbital||July 8, 2015|
|Iota Persei||Walker City||Jan 1, 2016||10% discount|
|Kolyawa||Remec Gateway||Sept 2016||22% discount|
|Kui 11||Behnken Port||Dec 23, 2017|
|Kurmodiae||Covey Terminal||May 26, 2017||10% discount|
|Lambda-1 Tucanea||Riess Hub||Aug 17, 2015|
|Lave||Lave Station||Jan 1, 2016||10% discount|
|LHS 336||Klimuk Station||Full release|
|LHS 3447||Wordlidge Terminal||April 5. 2015|
|LHS 3505||Olivas City||Version 1.03|
|LHS 371||Cavendish Station||Dec 29, 2017|
|Lo Pegasi||Garcia Station|
|LP 445-22||Trevithick Horizons||Jul 23, 2015|
|LTT 7979||Steinmuller Gateway||Mar 4, 2015|
|Lung||Hopkins Landing||Dec 25, 2015||10% discount|
|Magec||Trumpler Dock||Gamma 1.04|
|Mullag||Garfinkle City||Gamma 1.04|
|Orrere||Sharon Lee Free Port||Version 1.03|
|Ovid||Bradfield Orbital||Gamma 1.04|
|Parnut||Meyrink Dock||June 17, 2016|
|Rakapila||Stone Enterprise||Version 1. 2|
|Ross 151||Kuhn Gateway||Feb 23, 2015|
|Ross 667||Alexander Terminal||Apr 15, 2015|
|Ross 718||Birkeland Enterprise||Jun 26, 2015|
|Ross 754||Dana Gateway||2015-01-20|
|Sol||Mars High||Gamma 1.05|
|Sol||Titan City||Gamma 1.0|
|Sorbago||Hencke Orbital||Version 1.0|
|Sui Guei||Pascal Orbital||May 25, 2015|
|Tetek||Balog Refinery||May 27, 2015|
|Tote||Whitelaw Enterprise||Gamma 1.03|
|Una||Hoard Orbital||Feb 19, 2015|
|V1688 Aquilae||Littlewood Terminal|
|Wyrd||Gareth Edwards Park||Version 1.03|
|Zhao Jin||Wilson Ring||2015-08-18|
|HIP 20737||Korlevic Port||8-1-2016||15% discount|
- Main article: Outfitting
All ships are highly customizable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Cobra MkIII.
|Category||Default System||Default Rating||Default Class||Max Class|
|Medium Hardpoint||Pulse Laser||F||1||2|
|Reactor Bay||Power Plant||E||4||4|
|Frame Shift Drive Housing||Frame Shift Drive||E||4||4|
|Environment Control||Life Support||E||3||3|
|Power Coupling||Power Distributor||E||3||3|
|Fuel Store||Fuel Tank [x16]||C||4||4|
|Internal Compartments||Cargo Rack [x8]||E||3||4|
|Cargo Rack [x8]||E||3||4|
|Cargo Rack [x2]||E||1||2|
|Planetary Approach Suite (H)||I||1||1|
- (L) = Loaned Module
- [x#] = Capacity
- (H) = Requires Elite Dangerous: Horizons, reserved solely for Planetary Approach Suite
- The Cobra MkIII has the most amount of Livery options of any ship. Somewhat ironically, the Cobra MkIV has the fewest.
- The Cobra MkIII has gone through several design iterations. An example of an older iteration from over a century ago can be found at a crash site at the coordinates -54.3, -50.3 on HIP 12099 1 B. It was the personal ship of the famed CMDR John Jameson, who was hired by the Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm near the end of the first Thargoid conflict to deploy the mycoid bio-weapon against the alien invaders. CMDR Jameson's ship was secretly sabotaged by INRA to ensure he did not return from his mission, however.
|Ships marked with H can only be purchased & used by pilots who own Horizons.|
The Cobra MkIV is only available to pilots who preordered Horizons.
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