|Registry Designation:||Colonial Military|
|Crew Compliment:|| 2 (Pilot and ECO)|
Approximately 5-10 passengers
|Sub-Light Engines:||Sublight Engines|
|Main FTL Engines:||FTL Drive|
|Missle Systems:||Missles and bombs (special missions only); normally unarmed; decoys|
The Raptor is a multipurpose military spacecraft featured in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. According to producer Ronald D. Moore, the Raptor is analogous to the U.S. Navy's EA-6B Prowleraprilblog.
The Raptor's primary function with the Colonial Defense Force is as an electronic warfare platform. It scouts ahead of the fleet, accompanies Vipers and provides targeting information and electronic counter measures (akin to the Prowler). Raptors can also carry external munitions to assist Vipers against large targets. Its non-combat roles include SAR (search and rescue) operations (akin to the SH-60 Seahawk) and transport of military personnel in hostile areas. Raptors, like Vipers are capable of atmospheric operations but unlike Vipers are also capable of short-range FTL jumps. Standard crew includes a pilot and electronics countermeasure officer (ECM).
It is designed for reconnaissance, scout operations, electronic countermeasures supporting Vipers, marine assaults, ambulance, EVAC, and general transport.
As a scout it can operate independently or with other Raptors and Vipers using short and medium-range scans to detect radio, heat, or other signatures from spacecraft, scanning planet surfaces for life, energy output, and mineral content and location, scouting ahead and looking for hazards before its Battlestar takes an FTL jump, and search and rescue operations.
A Raptor can carry about eight to ten adults in addition to its two-person crew functioning as a transporter and can carry about eight marines including their equipment as an assault vessel. The crew of a Raptor operate using their flight suits and helmets in order to ensure their protection in case of any hull breach causing depressurization of its cabin.
It cannot takeoff from a Battlestar's launch tube like the Vipers because of its large size; it is launched from a flight pod instead. Battlestars carry squadrons of 8 to 10 Raptors and each Raptor is designated to a Viper squadron with two Raptors on reserve.
The Raptors can fly in both atmosphere and space, but in order to maintain lift in an atmosphere its engines must be constantly running which consumes more fuel. At low speeds, Raptors may experience poor handling.
*2x sublight engines
*1x small-scale FTL system
*Missiles similar to Vipers
*Decoy drones, communication drones, and flares
*Reduced electronic signature to avoid detection
*Additional hard point attachments for external missile racks and rocket pods
* Template:Note - Taken from Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica blog (April 2006 archive)
*Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica Ship Gallery
*Raptor on the Battlestar Wiki