Nightshade (Combat Vehicle)

This article is about the VTOL. For the ground attack fighter, see Nightshade (Conventional Fighter).
Production information
Manufacturer Yelm Weapons

Meers-Skobel Defense Corporation

Production Year 2596[1]
Mission Reconnaissance/ Electronic Warfare
Cost 1,222,222 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 25 tons
Armor FiberTech Light
Engine GM 210
Speed 228 km/h
Communications System Johnston VRR 2.0
Targeting Tracking System Lamprey VXX
Heat Sinks 10 single
BV (1.0) 355[2]
BV (2.0) 367[3][4]


The Nightshade is a light VTOL designed in 2597 specifically to provide an aerial platform for the Guardian ECM Suite. The first craft to carry the system, the Nightshade was highly unpopular with pilots due to the inadequate two tons of FiberTech Light armor and single weapon it carried, necessary costs for its high speed and the weight of the Guardian suite.[3][5][6]

With the Guardian entering the realms of LosTech and the destruction of Yelm's main factory by a Lyran Commonwealth orbital bombardment in the early Succession Wars, the VTOL was relegated to second line militias and warehouses such as ComStar's Terran stockpiles. Production of the design was finally revived by the Word of Blake, with modern technology giving it an expanded role in the Blakists' Protectorate Militia during the Jihad.[3][5][6]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Added almost as an after thought, the Nightshade carries a single nose-mounted Randal medium laser. While a sturdy dependable weapon, made highly accurate by being linked to track the movement of the pilot's helmet, it adds negligible firepower to a battle.[3][5][6]


  • Armor 
    After the Guardian system became LosTech, the most common field refit was to strip the system out to create an impromptu and cramped two-person passenger bay.[3] BV (2.0)= 344[7]
  • Light PPC (MSDC) 
    Contracted by the Word of Blake to investigate updated versions of numerous classic SLDF designs, the Terran based Meers-Skobel Defense Corporation's version is slightly slower but carries a more useful equipment and weapons load. Clad in two and half tons of FiberTech Light Plus Ferro-Fibrous armor, the modern Nightshade retains the Guardian ECM but adds a C3i Computer, carrying a single Moscovia Light PPC for protection. BV (2.0)=490[9]


  • In German products, the unit's proper name was altered to Belladonna, the Latin name of the plant Deadly Nightshade, a term commonly (and alternatively to German Tollkirsche) used in Germany.



  1. MUL online date for the Nightshade (Combat Vehicle)
  2. Combat Operations, p. 106
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, pp. 156–157: "Nightshade VTOL Profile"
  4. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 173
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Technical Readout: 2750, pp. 92–93: "Nightshade VTOL Profile"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Technical Readout: 3050 Revised, pp. 196–197: "Nightshade VTOL Profile"
  7. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 174
  8. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 175
  9. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 176
  10. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 169
  11. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 137
  12. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 7