|Landing Pad Size||Fighter Hangar|
|Dimensions||6.5m x 14.9m x 2.2m|
|Manoeuvrability||Pitch Rate: 78°|
Yaw Rate: 36°
Roll Rate: 144°
|Top Speed||312 m/s|
|Boost Speed||540 m/s|
|Hardpoints||1x Utility Mount|
2x Small Hardpoints
The Gu-97, also known as the Imperial Fighter, is a Ship-Launched Fighter manufactured by Gutamaya for the Empire. It is as noted for its high manoeuvrability and firepower as it is for its low shielding and range. It is typically launched as support craft for an Imperial cruiser, and is useless on its own if outflanked or outnumbered. It is most commonly seen in conflict zones which include an imperial faction, or patrolling space stations in Imperial territory. The Gu-97 can be purchased in Empire systems only, but can be restocked in any system.
In September, Gutamaya Shipyards released a new version of the enduringly popular Eagle. This month, the company has announced the launch of a new fighter designed specifically for the CQC Championship – the Imperial Fighter. Gutamaya has said that the small, manoeuvrable vessel will be ideally suited to close-quarters dogfights, and more than capable of going toe-to-toe with other CQC fighters.
— Galnet News, 06 DEC 3301
Compared to its alternative options, the F63 Condor and Taipan, the Gu-97 sacrifices any decent protection for much more mobility. This translates into a ship that is good for experienced pilots to utilise and take full advantage of. However, the AI will struggle in the fighter as they wont be able to use full use of the mobility and will often take hits, dying very quickly. The ship is therefore ill advised for leaving in the hands of an AI crewmember.
The Gu-97 is currently accessible in Close Quarters Combat and with the release of Elite Dangerous: Horizons 2.2 "The Guardians" update, it is a Ship-Launched Fighter that can be deployed from a Fighter Hangar module.
Due to the Gu-97's short length, light weight and high speed, it is prone to spinning out of control when it collides with another object at an angle. When this happens the pilot may lose control of the fighter for a long time.
The blueprint describes the Gu-97: "The Empire's standard small class single man fighter is as famous for its agility as it is for its short range. If you see one of these then you know that something bigger is lurking nearby."
According the ship's designer, Pascal Roux, the Gu-97 was created as a tribute to the late Emperor, Hengist Duval. In an interview with the Imperial Herald, Roux said: "What I admired most about the Emperor was his balance of elegance and strength, and the fighter represents my attempt to reflect those qualities."
The Gu-97 is available in 5 variants, which differ only in weapons and utility slot. F-variants have fixed weapons and G-variants have gimballed weapons.
|Variant||Weapons||Utility||Damage Per Second||Speed [Boost] (m/s)||Pitch / Roll / Yaw Rate (deg/s)||Cost (CR)|
|Aegis F||2x fixed pulse laser||Point Defence Turret||44||312 ||78 / 144 / 36||15,270|
|Rogue F||2x fixed plasma repeater||Chaff Launcher||36||312 ||78 / 144 / 36||15,270|
|Gelid G||2x gimballed beam laser||Heatsink Launcher||25||312 ||78 / 144 / 36||15,270|
|Rogue G||2x gimballed pulse laser||Chaff Launcher||12||312 ||78 / 144 / 36||15,270|
|Gelid F||2x fixed beam laser||Heatsink Launcher||45||312 ||78 / 144 / 36||15,270|
* This is the cost to initially outfit a Fighter Hangar bay for that fighter type/variant, or to change it to a different fighter type/variant. The cost to restock destroyed fighters is 1,030 CR each.
|Aegis F||Svass||Reilly's Retreat||01/03/2018|
|Rogue F||Svass||Reilly's Retreat||01/03/2018|
|Gelid G||Svass||Reilly's Retreat||01/03/2018|
|Rogue G||Svass||Reilly's Retreat||01/03/2018|
|Gelid F||Svass||Reilly's Retreat||01/03/2018|
|Rogue F||Nehet||Xuesen Orbital||8/21/2017|
- The Gu-97 is not only the most maneuverable of the three Ship-Launched Fighters, it is the most maneuverable ship in the game.
- ↑ https://community.elitedangerous.com/galnet/uid/56617a8b9657bafb2210d8c3
- ↑ http://elite-dangerous.wikia.com/wiki/File:450px-Empire_fighter.png
- ↑ https://community.elitedangerous.com/en/galnet/06-DEC-3301
- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/58q7cv/everything_you_need_to_know_about_ship_launched/