Vulcan (Aerospace Fighter class)

This article is about the aerospace fighter class. For the BattleMech, see Vulcan (BattleMech).
Production information
Manufacturer Roe Weapon Systems
Production Year 2650[1]
Model VLC-5N[2]
Class Heavy[2]
Tech Base Inner Sphere[2]
Technical specifications
Mass 80[2]
Structural Integrity 8[2]
Frame Type 698[2]
Power Plant Olympus 240[2]
Fuel 400 (5 tons)[2]

1x Large Laser[2]
2x AC/10s[2]
1x SRM-6[2]
2x Medium Lasers[2]

Communications System Tangerine 7a
Tracking & Targeting System XH558 Archer[2]
Heat Sinks 20[2]
BV (2.0) 1,345[2]


The Vulcan was the mainstay aerospace fighter of the Rim Worlds Republic and perhaps the Republic's most famous design. Prior to the Amaris Coup, the Republic built up its conventional armor and aerospace forces, as their leadership had realized they could not match the numbers of BattleMechs fielded (or being built) by the other major states. The Vulcan was produced at several factories throughout the Republic, although the main facility was on Apollo. As a component of his engineering the downfall of the Cameron dynasty, Stefan Amaris secretly supplied Vulcan fighters to other Periphery powers, including 'rebels' in the Taurian Concordat. Production of the arrow-shaped, rudderless fighter continued until 2767, when Kerensky's force seized the Rim Worlds Republic.[2]

After the war, many former Rim World Republic Vulcan pilots took their fighters and became mercenaries. Even in the modern era, Vulcans have been sighted in the forces of Deep Periphery nations like the Hanseatic League.[2]

By 3075, a student project at the Greenock Flight Academy on Firgrove had created a modern variant of the Vulcan, which prompted some small manufacturers to put the fighter back into production.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Vulcan has a pair of powerful wing mounted Class 10 Republic Mk VII Autocannons with a ton of ammunition dedicated to each gun. These autocannons are backed by a nose-mounted array of weapons including two Firefly lasers (a Type III Large and a Type II Medium) and a six-tube Short Range Missile launcher with a ton of ammunition. A single medium laser protects the Vulcan's rear-arc.[2]


  • VLC-3N 
    The original Vulcan introduced in 2525[5] was protected by seventeen tons of Primitive Armor and used a primitive cockpit and engine. It carried an Autocannon/10 with a ton of ammunition in each wing and a nose mounted Medium Laser and SRM-6 with a ton of ammunition. Another Medium Laser was mounted to cover the aft arc of the fighter. BV (2.0) = 1,067[6][5]
  • VLC-6N 
    A field upgrade during the Amaris Coup developed in 2767[7], the wing-mounted autocannons were replaced by two Gauss Rifles with 4 tons of ammunition. The fighter's heat sinks were reduced to 12. BV (2.0) = 2,117[8], 2,096[7]
  • VLC-8N 
    Restoration project turned upgrade in 3074[9]. The fighter mounts two Light Gauss Rifles in place of the VLC-5N's autocannons, two Large Pulse Lasers, and two Extend-Range Medium Lasers with one mounted forward and one aft. The six-tube Short Range Missile launcher is given a Artemis IV FCS enhancement, and the fighter's powerplant is upgraded to an XL model coupled to sixteen double heat-sinks. While the mass it devotes to armor is reduced slightly, the use of Ferro-Aluminum armor offsets any loss in protection. BV (2.0)= 1,766[10][9]


The Vulcan appeared in AeroTech (1st edition) as the example in the Aerospace Fighter Design section, but lacked official stats or artwork. BattleSpace game stats only were provided in that product and again in Technical Readout: 3057. It was finally given a detailed description in line with that of other aerospace fighters in Technical Readout: 3075.



  1. 1.0 1.1 MUL online entry for the Vulcan (Aerospace Fighter class)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 Technical Readout: 3075, pp. 302-303, "VLC-5N Vulcan"
  3. Record Sheets: 3075, p. 98
  4. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 222
  5. 5.0 5.1 MUL online entry for the Vulcan VLC-3N variant
  6. Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 1, p. 15, "VLC-3N Vulcan"
  7. 7.0 7.1 MUL online entry for the Vulcan VLC-6N variant
  8. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 223
  9. 9.0 9.1 MUL online entry for the Vulcan VLC-8N variant
  10. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 224