|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|
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.
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 Engine- Modifiers: 2 Max. Class: Fusion Thrusters: 1 x TR5, 8 x TR2 Hardpoints- 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
Hardpoints- 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)