|Tech Base||Star League|
|Power Plant||Rawlings 200|
|Communications System||42 Transitar|
|Tracking & Targeting System||O/P 3000|
|Heat Sinks||11 Double Heat Sinks|
|BV (2.0)|| 521|
Introduced in 2717 as a first response fighter for planetary defense forces, the popular Trident was rendered obsolete by the development of the Cheetah, but found a new role among the SLDF army in a fast ground attack role.
The Trident was built to provide a strong punch in a small, light frame, making it ideal for carrier duty. Its 200-rated engine provides excellent power, and its frame can withstand the forces created when maneuvering at the high speeds that are the Trident's specialty. Once equipped with two tons of standard armor plating, the Trident's armor was upgraded to StarGlo Ferro-Aluminum, primarily to provide better protection from anti-aircraft defenses. The fighter's advanced O/P 3000 tracking system could almost fly the fighter by itself, leading to a joke among pilots that their only job was to pull the trigger.
Despite the fact the Ferro-Aluminum armor was a later addition, it was the Tridents main advantage over the Cheetah, as well as using systems that were easy to maintain. However, the ability to produce Ferro-Aluminum and its ground-based cousin Ferro-Fibrous was lost in 2810 with the destruction of the last known foundry. The last Trident would roll off the assembly lines in 2825, and as the Succession Wars dragged on more and more Tridents were forced to replace their Ferro-Aluminum with standard armor. Though the loss in protection was technically minor, it became exaggerated such that the fighter lost its marketability. Surviving Tridents are mostly found serving in backwater militias, independent states and Periphery realms, with the Outworlds Alliance fielding the largest number as trainers for its pilot cadets. However, in 3069 rumors spread of Blakists fielding advanced Tridents when three vessels, lacking any cockpit assemblage, were seized in the Orestes system.
Weapons and Equipment
Armed with three Omicron-Plus Medium Lasers divided between its nose and wings, the Tridents strafing attacks are legendary, only enhanced by the craft's high speed. The Trident also mounts a single aft-mounted Maxell Small Laser to discourage pursuit, at least until the pilot can properly direct their attention to their attacker and their main guns to bear.
- The upgraded model used by the SLDF Royal units, the standard engine was replaced with a Extra-Light version, freeing up space to replace the standard mediums with a trio of Medium Pulse Lasers, add an additional ton of fuel and replace the standard heat sinks with double-strength models. BV (2.0) = 538
- During the Jihad, unconfirmed reports of Tridents without any recognizable cockpit assemblies were uncovered as part of supposed experiments by the Word of Blake to develop a high performance tele-operated fighter, upgraded with two ER Medium Lasers, an ER Small Laser, and a Medium Pulse Laser. BV (2.0) = 637
- MUL online date for the Trident
- Combat Operations, p. 107
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 24
- Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, pp. 224-225, "TRNT-3T Trident"
- Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 317
- Technical Readout: 2750, pp. 58-59, "Trident Fighter Profile"
- Technical Readout: 3075, p. 169, "Trident Variant"
- Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 37
- Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 318
- Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 319