Lightning (Aerospace Fighter class)

This article is about the Aerospace Fighter. For other uses, see Lightning (disambiguation).
Lightning Aerospace Fighter.png
Production information
Manufacturer Tengo Aerospace
HildCo Interplanetary
Lockheed/CBM Corporation
United Outworlders Corporation
Production Year 2511[1]
Model LTN-G15
Class Medium
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 50 tons
Structural Integrity 9[2]
Frame Hildco Aerospace Type 4
Power Plant GM 200
Fuel 400[3]

1x AC/20
4x Medium Lasers

Communications System Endicott Type 22 Master
Tracking & Targeting System Dwyerson Mark XI
Heat Sinks 13
BV (1.0) 919[4]
BV (2.0) 1,057[5]


Built around a large bore autocannon, the venerable Lightning is well admired for its speed as well as its armor.[5]

After reverse engineering the Terran Hegemony's brand new AC/10, the Capellan Confederation began a crash program to develop an Aerospace Fighter to carry it. The resulting Lightning was well received although eventually the ever advancing pace of military technology left it behind.[5]

The Lightning received a new lease of life when the Lyran Commonwealth developed the mammoth AC/20, with Tengo Aerospace reworking the venerable design to include the new weapon along with ten and a half tons of BattleMech class armor and a more efficient GM Fusion Engine in 2511.[5]

Unfortunately, Tengo's hopes for renewed sales were dashed when the CCAF chose to go with Mujika Aerospace Technologies' cheaper knock-off of the Lightning, the Transit, instead. Desperate to survive, Tengo illegally sold the design to Lyran and Davion manufacturers, with the fighter slowly spreading across the Inner Sphere and ensuring its survival in the Succession Wars.[5]

The license were sold to HildCo Interplanetary on Texlos in the Capellan Confederation, Lockheed/CBM Corporation on Tharkad in the Lyran Alliance and United Outworlders Corporation on Ramora in the Outworlds Alliance. Tengo Aerospace continued to produce the Lightning at the factories on Sarna and St. Ives for the CCAF.[7] In addition, Lycomb-Davion IntroTech on New Avalon within the Federated Suns[8] and Taurus Territorial Industries on Taurus in the Taurian Concordat[9] were also counted among the craft's manufacturers.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Built around the massive Luxor Heavy 20 Autocannon, the Lightning is to be feared at short range. Unfortunately, its only other weapons are four Diverse Optics II Medium Lasers, two to each wing, leaving the design relatively short-ranged, relying on its speed and armor holding out to get into a position of advantage.[5]


  • LTN-G14 
    The original Lightning model built in 2465, it mounted an AC/10 along with the four medium lasers and featured more primitive armor and engines. BV (2.0) = 826[10]
  • LTN-G15b 
    Used by the SLDF, this 2721 version carried a Gauss Rifle and Medium Laser in place of the AC/20. It also traded the standard wing armament for a Medium Laser and a Medium Pulse Laser. Finally, a standard Medium Laser covered the rear arc. Ten Double Heat Sinks kept the heat under control. BV (2.0) = 1,671[11]
  • LTN-G16D 
    A more radical update developed in 3068 by the Federated Suns, the G16D features the Ferro-Aluminum armor and double heat sinks of the other recent upgrades, but also includes an XL Engine to free up space for a pair of Rotary AC/2s in the nose and a Medium Pulse Laser to each wing alongside the now upgraded ER mediums. BV (2.0) = 1,328[12]
  • LTN-G16S 
    Another more expensive and radical updating, the Lyran's G16S features double heat sinks, a Light Fusion Engine and Heavy Ferro-Aluminum armor to boost protection and free up weight for a Heavy Gauss Rifle in the nose, and four extended range small and medium lasers on the wings. BV (2.0) = 1,633[15]
  • LTN-16T 
    A upgrade developed for the Taurian Concordat, the 16T also uses Ferro-Aluminum armor and double heat sinks to free up weight for an imported Targeting Computer and extended range lasers. BV (2.0) = 1,256[16]

Custom Variants[edit]


The Lightning was introduced in AeroTech (1st edition) as one of the six original designs, but lacked model number, release date, or any description beyond its game stats. It was finally given a detailed description in line with that of other aerospace fighters in Technical Readout: 3075.



  1. MUL online date for the Lightning (Aerospace Fighter class)
  2. Experimental Technical Readout: Pirates, p. 12
  3. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 87
  4. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 84
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Technical Readout: 3075, pp. 250-251, "Lightning Fighter Profile"
  6. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 155
  7. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 250
  8. Objective Raids, p. 97
  9. Objective Raids, p.162
  10. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 154
  11. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 87
  12. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 156
  13. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 157
  14. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 159
  15. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 159
  16. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 160
  17. Experimental Technical Readout: Pirates, p. 12
  • Technical Readout: 3057, p. 182