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This article is about the VTOL aircraft. For the Vincent-class WarShip, see Ripper (Individual Vincent-class WarShip).
Ripper TRO2750.jpg
Production information
Manufacturer Aldis Industries, Cal-Boeing of Dorwinion
Production Year 2680[1]
Mission Troop Transport
Cost 268,889 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 10
Armor Aldis Heavy ferro-fibrous
Engine Omni 70 fusion engine
Speed 194.4 km/h
Crew 2
Communications System Datacom 100
Targeting Tracking System Tarmac Quasar V
Heat Sinks 10 single

2 x medium laser

BV (1.0) 340[citation needed]
BV (2.0) 345[2][3]


Developed to fulfill the Star League's requirement for a quick response VTOL aircraft that could carry a squad of infantry and their equipment, the Ripper normally carries elite infantry or Jump Infantry that need quick deployment or retrieval.[2][4][5]

The Ripper, built from proven components for maximum reliability, uses a fusion engine to give the vehicle a significant range, as well as a high top speed, so much so that the infantry compartment is equipped with special acceleration couches to handle the strain of a high speed combat insertion. While the Ripper is heavily armored for a transport VTOL, carrying one and a half tons of Aldis Heavy ferro-fibrous plating to survive the high G maneuvers that are the hallmark of the craft, a small laser or even a well-equipped infantry squad can down the vehicle in short order.[2][4][5]

While Aldis Industries' Terran-based VTOL production lines were destroyed during Operation Liberation, Cal-Boeing was able to secure a copy of the plans and reintroduce the design during the Third Succession War. Save for the Free Worlds League, all the other Successor States have purchased large numbers of the Ripper.[2][4][5]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Ripper is armed with two nose-mounted Omicron 950 medium lasers. The weapons are used more to intimidate than to strike an enemy, the pilot firing the twin lasers around the fringes of the vehicle's intended landing zone and then as they fly off to convince an unprepared foe to steer clear.[2][4][5]


Due to the large volume and variety of buyers, there are a great number of Ripper variations in existence. The most common/notable are:

  • ERML 
    A simple modification, switching the standard lasers for ER medium lasers, boosting range. BV (2.0) = 432[6]
  • MG / SPL 
    Targeted to combat the most common threat to the Ripper, many buyers replace the medium lasers with either 2 Small Pulse Lasers or 2 Machine Guns, for increased anti-infantry ability. BV (2.0) = 125 (MG),[7] 160 (SPL)[8]
  • Infantry (Lyran) 
    Produced for the LAAF as a battle armor platoon carrier, even with an XL engine the extra weight required limits the craft to a single Small Pulse Laser and one ton of heavy ferro-fibrous armor. BV (2.0) = 108[10]



  1. MUL online date for the Ripper
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, pp. 150–151: "Ripper VTOL Profile"
  3. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 163
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Technical Readout: 2750, pp. 86–87: "Ripper VTOL Profile"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, pp. 190–191: "Ripper VTOL Profile"
  6. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 164
  7. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 167
  8. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 168
  9. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 166
  10. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 165
  11. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 169
  12. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 136
  13. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 6