Based on Core Dynamics’ Eagle, Gutamaya's Imperial Eagle places greater emphasis on speed and combat than its predecessor. The ship's armour and shields have been enhanced, and one of the small hardpoints of the original has been replaced with a medium hardpoint. Naturally, these features have made the ship heavier and less manoeuvrable than its predecessor, but the Imperial Eagle remains a solid choice for those seeking a high-speed attack ship.
— In-game description
The Imperial Eagle is a ship manufactured by Gutamaya for the Imperial Navy. Introduced in 3199 as an Imperial variant of the Core Dynamics Eagle MkII multi-role fighter, the Imperial Eagle has more speed, durability, and firepower than the original, but these enhancements come at the cost of agility and handling. This has resulted in a more specialised combat vessel that the Imperial Navy and its allied fleets have primarily deployed as an interceptor. Unlike other Imperial ships, the Imperial Eagle does not require any rank in the Imperial Navy to purchase.
Compared to the Eagle MkII, the Imperial Eagle boasts superior armour and shield strength, and exchanges one of its predecessor's Class 1 hardpoints for a Class 2 hardpoint, allowing to carry more firepower. This comes at the expense of agility, since the Eagle MkII is more manoeuvrable, but not speed; in fact, with Enhanced Performance Thrusters and Engineering, the Imperial Eagle may be the single fastest ship on the market when traveling in normal space, surpassing larger ships built for speed including the Mamba.
The Imperial Eagle is a slightly more viable choice for combat than the Eagle MkII due to its Class 2 hardpoint, but the reduction in agility means the pilot may have more difficulty in aligning the ship and its weapons with any targets and reliably inflicting damage. On the other hand, the Imperial Eagle's speed allows to escape most encounters where it is outmatched, providing the pilot can keep the ship out of danger long enough to break free of any Mass Lock. Unfortunately, apart from style, combat is the ship's only strength, as it lacks the cargo capacity to serve as an effective trader, and its jump range and internal compartments are too limited to recommend it as an explorer.
The Imperial Eagle's hardpoints are located as follows: one Class 2 hardpoint on the top of the ship behind the cockpit, and two Class 1 hardpoints mounted side-by-side on the underside of the main fuselage in front of the bump that contains the cargo scoop. As with the Eagle MkII, the Imperial Eagle has a confined cockpit with a restricted range of vision, and only a single pilot seat.
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- Main article: Outfitting
All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Imperial Eagle.
|Category||Default System||Default Rating||Default Class||Max Class|
|Small Hardpoint||Pulse Laser||F||1||1|
|Reactor Bay||Power Plant||E||3||3|
|Frame Shift Drive Housing||Frame Shift Drive||E||3||3|
|Environment Control||Life Support||E||1||1|
|Power Coupling||Power Distributor||E||2||2|
|Fuel Store||Fuel Tank [x4]||C||2||2|
|Internal Compartments||Shield Generator||E||3||3|
|Cargo Rack [x2]||E||1||2|
|Advanced Docking Computer||E||1||1|
|Planetary Approach Suite (H)||I||1||1|
- (L) = Loaned Module
- [x#] = Capacity
- (H) = Requires Elite Dangerous: Horizons, reserved solely for Planetary Approach Suite
- (M) = Military Compartment reserved for Hull Reinforcement Package, Module Reinforcement Package, or Shield Cell Bank
- The Imperial Eagle was added in the v1.4 update CQC on October 6th, 2015. The first concept art was shown during Frontier's Q&A session at Lavecon 2015.