|Landing Pad Size||Small|
|Dimensions||43.1m x 34.7m x 12.3m|
|Hull Mass||230 t|
|Mass Lock Factor||10|
|Top Speed||215 m/s|
|Boost Speed||348 m/s|
|Unladen Jump Range||7.93 ly|
|Cargo Capacity||8 t|
|Fuel Capacity||8 t|
|Hardpoints||4x Utility Mounts|
2x Large Hardpoints
|Internals||2x Size 1 Compartments|
1x Size 2 Compartment
1x Size 4 Compartment
1x Size 5 Compartment
1x Size 5 Military Compartment
|Maximum Non-Engineered Specs|
|Top Speed||244 m/s|
|Boost Speed||397 m/s|
|Unladen Jump Range||22.36 ly|
|Cargo Capacity||56 t|
The Vulture is a heavy space-superiority fighter manufactured by Core Dynamics. Featuring two large hardpoints, the Vulture packs serious firepower into a relatively small frame and excels at combat, but has difficulty adapting to other roles. Although its top speed is mediocre compared to other fighters, its one of the most maneuverable ships on the market thanks to its powerful lateral thrusters relative to the ship's mass, only being out-turned by smaller, less well-armed ships.
The Vulture space superiority fighter sacrifices hardpoint flexibility for manoeuvrability. Advanced manufacturing techniques have allowed the Vulture to integrate large hardpoints into its relatively small frame, offsetting the ship's limited weapon count. The Vulture excels in the role of heavy fighter in strike missions against larger, well defended targets, but its nimble flight characteristics make it equally devastating against smaller targets. A limited cargo and passenger capability has not stopped it becoming a preferred personal transport for those who like to project a certain attitude in their dealings.
— In-Game Description
In combat, the Vulture is one of the most powerful small-sized ships. It is capable of easily staying out of the firing range of tougher ships like Anacondas or Pythons and its two large hardpoints are capable of dishing out heavy damage. However, the small number of hardpoints means weapons such as Missiles, Mines, Torpedoes or Railguns are not viable as they have limited ammo capacities and are not available in Class 3. As for weapon mount types, both fixed and gimballed mounts are viable due to the Vulture's nimble nature, but turreted mounts are inadvisable due to their higher power consumption, lower damage and that they don't take advantage of the Vulture's manoeuvrability.
Defensively, the Vulture has impressive statistics on paper. It possesses the highest base shield and armor hitpoints out of all small sized ships; it has very good internal compartments (even better than the much more expensive Fer-de-Lance); and its number of utility mounts is 4, the same as larger ships such as Python and Federal Gunship. However, there is a catch, as the Vulture is held back by its limited power capacity. This greatly limits viable loadout choices and encourages smart module priority control.
The Vulture suffers from overspecialization and is very poor in any job besides bounty hunting and assassination. It has terrible cargo capacity, even for its size so it will do very poorly in any form of trading or mining but most importantly it functions very poorly as a pirate as it has very low space for plundered loot, especially when a Hatch Breaker Limpet Controller is installed, however, its small size makes collecting cargo easier, meaning collector limpets are not needed. It has awful jump range at a woeful maximum of 22.36 ly without engineering, the second lowest of any small sized ship making it not only useless as an explorer, it can't easily get to Interstellar Factors to clear any bounties. Unlike the Fer-de-Lance it does very poorly as an anti-Thargoid ship, as its low number of hardpoints limits its use of Ax weaponry, leaving it without many options to deal with Interceptors. Against Scouts it also suffers as it will struggle to keep a sightline on the quick moving ships; since it cannot make much use of turreted mounts and they will quickly tear the ship to pieces.
Overall the Vulture functions as a small Fer-de-Lance; unbeaten in sheer power for its size but is one of the worst ships in any other role. Because it is so limited to Bounty Hunting it has very few options and makes a poor single vessel for a commander to fly and the Asp Explorer or Keelback may be more appealing due to their multi-purpose ability.
The Vulture's two large hardpoints are located above and behind the cockpit, about halfway down the hull of the ship. Due to the spacing between the hardpoints, a loadout of two fixed weapons may have slight issues with converging on smaller targets.
The Vulture has two manned stations. The pilot's station is on the centerline of the ship. The auxiliary station is offset to the port side above and behind the pilot's station. Because turreted mounts are a very bad idea on a Vulture and it has no fighter bay it is one of the least useful ships for Multicrew.
The Vulture has an available 16 piece cosmetic ship kit that can be purchased from the Frontier store which allows you to "remodel your ship in your personal style". The ship kit does not affect gameplay.
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- Main article: Outfitting
All ships are customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Vulture.
|Category||Default System||Default Rating||Default Class||Max Class|
|Large Hardpoint||Pulse Laser||F||1||3|
|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||5||5|
|Fuel Store||Fuel Tank [x8]||C||3||3|
|Internal Compartments||Shield Generator||E||5||5|
|Cargo Rack [x8]||E||3||4|
|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 Vulture was originally priced at 21,925,615 CR. After an outcry from the community that it was overpriced, Frontier lowered the cost of the Vulture to 4,925,615 CR.
- The Vulture is produced by Core Dynamics and sold to all three of the Major Factions.
- One of the Ship Kit pieces will obscure the pilot's view slightly, making it the only ship kit to somewhat affect gameplay.
|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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