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Manufacturer Anvil Aerospace
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Length 22 m
Beam 22 m
Height 8 m
Null-cargo mass 26000 Kg
Cargo capacity 0 t
Maximum crew 2 persons
Upgrade space 8 slots
Maximum power plant size 2
Factory power plant ACOM StarHeart III (S2)
Max engine (primary thruster) 1x TR2
Factory engine 2x Hammer Propulsion HE 5.2
Maneuvering thrusters 8x TR1
Factory maneuvering thrusters 8x Hydra Propulsion M1-16
Shield Box S3
Class-1 2 available
Class-2 2 available
Class-3 5 available
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Class-5 {{{hp5}}}
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The T8A Gladiator is the UEE Navy's premiere carrier-based torpedo-plane and space-to-ground dive bomber. Rugged to a fault, the Gladiator is the most capable and extremely modular bomber chassis ever designed.

The Gladiator is a torpedo bomber manufactured by Anvil Aerospace. The ship was the crowdfunding stretch goal for $2,500,000, and was released to backers on December 18, 2014.


Gladiator squadrons are typically divided up depending on their specialization: a carrier may have both a Gladiator torpedo squadron and a Gladiator dive bomber squadron. The ship's back seat is occupied by a tail gunner, who also acts as radio operator.

Though a heavy-hitting bomber, the Gladiator has proven easy to modify and thus has become quite popular among civilians who are looking for a little bit of extra protection as they explore the universe. Civilian owners can elect to replace the bomb bay with extra cargo space.

Many pilots also choose to replace the rear turret's laser cannon with a tractor beam, making it an ideal craft for light salvage missions.

In combat, Gladiators have proven to be particularly successful when paired with Hornet escort fighters.

Original specs

In the Kickstarter update reveal, the ship had the following specs:

 Basic Data-
 Gladiator T8C
 Length / Beam / Height (m): 18.6 / 14 / 7
 Crew (max): 2
 Mass (empty) : 38,000 kg
 Upgrade Capacity: 8
 Cargo Capacity: 15 tonnes
 Modifiers: 2
 Max. Class: Fusion
 Thrusters: 1 x TR5, 8 x TR2
 3 x Class 1: Equipped 3 x A&R AC-9 Laser Cannon
 2 x Class 3: Equipped 2x Dogfish Proton Torpedo (TORP)
 1 x Class 4: Equioped 1x A&R AC-7 Laser Cannon (Turret)

Updated Release Specifications

Upon its Hangar Ready announcement, the ship's specs were as follows:

Basic Data-
Gladiator T8C
Length / Beam / Height (m): 22 / 22 / 8
Crew (max): 2
Mass (empty) : 26,000 kg
Cargo Capacity (freight units): 0
Structure Data-	
Power Plant (factory):	ACOM StarHeart III (S2)
Max Power Plant Size: 2
Engine (TR2; factory): 2x Hammer Propulsion HE 5.2
Maneuvering Thrusters (TR1; factory):	8x Hydra Propulsion M1-16
Shield (factory): Box (S3)
Max Shield: Size 3
Cooling System: 2x Wen/Cassel ST-Arc A
2 x Class 1 (manned turret; Size 2): 2x K&W CF-117 Badger Laser Gatling (S2)
2 x Class 2 (wings; Size 2): 2x Behring Mk IV Laser Cannon (S2)
4 x Class 3 (under wings; Size 3): 2× 2x FireStorm Kinetics ASIM-09/Tempest (S5)
1 x Class 3 (belly bay; Size 5): 4x Torpedo (Size 5)


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