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SMALLCRAFT CLASS
F-302 fighter-interceptor
An F-302 in space
An F-302 in space
Affiliation: Federation, Starfleet
Classification: Multi-role Attack Fighter
Service period: 2366
Length: 14.26 meters
Width: 26.17 meters
Height: 5.92 meters
Specifications
Armaments: Dual phaser cannons,
photon torpedoes,
quantum torpedoes
Defences: Deflector shields
Other systems:
  • Grappling cables
  • Inertial dampeners
  • Sensor jammer


The F-302 fighter-interceptor is the production model of the X-302 fighter, an air and space superiority vehicle operated by the Federation. It became Earth’s first space-worthy fighter-interceptor. The Prometheus and Daedalus-class warship carry one and two squadrons of F-302 fighter-interceptors. The USS Intrepid-A carries two squadrons of these vessels respectively.

In 2385, Colonel John Sheppard ordered that all other fighters be replaced with F-302s on the USS Intrepid-A. They have been used for planetary defense and stationed on off-world at locations such as the Alpha Site on P4X-650, the Gamma Site and Icarus Base. In addition to aerial combat, they are also designed to transport and deploy objects such as satellites into orbit. It has, thus far, proved superiority over both Death Gliders and Xindi fighters mainly due to its torpedoes, which are more effective in dogfight scenarios than forward firing energy weapons. Though not a normal feature, F-302s can be equipped with quantum torpedoes, increasing their effectiveness against enemy ships such as a hive ship.

Design process[]

Main article: X-302 hyperspace fighter

X-302 in hangar

The X-302 was the pre-production designation of the F-302, Earth's second attempt at constructing a combat-capable spacecraft. It was developed using recovered alien technology at Area 51. Unlike the X-301 Interceptor the X-302 was constructed entirely from technology designed and built on Earth. Its form and wing orientation are based on those of Goa'uld Death Gliders like the one the X-301 was built from. It was powered by a pair of jet engines modified with aerospike boosters for high altitude maneuvers. It also possess a rocket booster for additional thrust in outer space. Unlike other Earth jet fighters the X-302 was designed with inertial dampener], allowing the pilot to accelerate and maneuver much more quickly than would ordinarily be possible. The X-302 also incorporated a Naquadria-based hyperspace window generator, intended to make it Earth’s first interstellar vehicle.

Features[]

After the largely successful testing of the X-302 hyperspace fighter, the craft entered production with only slight modifications. The hyperdrive, which had originally been intended to allow interstellar travel, was altered to provide only short intra-system hops. Also, the two jet exhausts were modified so as to function as rockets in outer-atmosphere combat.

Engines[]

An F-302 powers its engines

The F-302 fighter-interceptor has four different sets of engines: air breathing jets, modified aerospikes for high altitude, a rocket booster, and a hyperspace window generator. The Goa'uld Death Gliders are not capable of entering hyperspace because the engine to create a hyperspace window would be much too large.

An F-302 entering hyperspace

But, because the F-302 uses Naquadria to power the hyperdrive window generator, the F-302 has a more compact hyperdrive engine and thus became the first human-built space craft thought to be capable of interstellar travel. Because of the instability of the Naquadria, however, the hyperspace window can only be generated for a very brief moment, thus greatly limiting the F-302's interstellar travel capabilities. The X-302 hyperspace fighter reached the hypersonic speed of Mach 6 inside Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of 30 kilometers. The interceptor uses the modified impulse engines in high altitudes. These capabilities were most likely inherited by the F-302. Along with inertial dampeners, the F-302 also has the maneuverability of a Flyer class shuttle.

Armament[]

A F-302 firing phaser cannons

F-302s are armed with highly effective dual phaser cannons and photon torpedoes. The warheads on said torpedoes have been enhanced with naquadah and are capable of inflicting heavy damage to the warp drive of a Xindi warship and are capable of inflicting heavy damage to the hyperdrive systems of Wraith hive ships. The F-302 can also carry quantum torpedoes. This is not a normal feature of the craft, but they can be retrofitted with them.

They are also effective against Aurora-class battleships, taking out the hyperdrives of several during the Battle of Asuras alongside Wraith Darts.

F-302s can be equipped with quantum torpedoes to increase their effectiveness against various motherships, but this is not a normal feature of the craft and according to Major Paul Davis takes "some doing" to accomplish.

An F-302 deploys a satellite

The F-302 has also been shown to be equipped with a payload bay on the underside of the craft, as seen when Typhuss piloted a F-302 to deploy a Replicator disruptor satellite in orbit over the Alpha Site. Whether this payload bay can be used to carry additional weapons remains to be seen.

Sensors and communications[]

The F-302 is equipped with a communication system capable of receiving and sending signals between Earth and Jupiter and further away.

The F-302 has a radar-like sensor capable of detecting ships about 600 km around it.

Additional features[]

F-302s deploy their grapples

In addition to standard landing gear, it possesses three grappling cables that allow it to latch onto another object. The cables are able to withstand considerable strain, enabling the craft to tow objects far larger than the fighter itself. It also possesses a small cargo or bomb bay. The F-302 has hundreds of safety mechanisms to compensate for anything that could go wrong. It also has an autopilot which cuts in to ensure safety.

As with other old Earth aircraft, the F-302, like its predecessors, the X-301 Interceptor and X-302 hyperspace fighter, features an ejection system allowing the occupants of the craft to escape the vehicle.

When an F-302 is destroyed, its inertial dampeners emit an Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which can easily interfere with electrical and communications signals. This was discovered during the clean-up following the battle with Anubis's Al'kesh and Death Gliders in Antarctica. The phenomenon was studied by scientists at Area 51 and was determined to be caused by the concussive force of the craft's destruction interfering with the artificial gravity field generated by the inertial dampeners.

History[]

The F-302 saw its first use against the forces of Anubis, in which its hyperdrive was used to bypass the shields of his mothership and disable its primary weapon. Since then, it has handled itself well in combat against both the Goa'uld Death Glider and Wraith Dart.

Both the BC-303 and the BC-304-classes have been outfitted with a complement of F-302 fighter-interceptors. The Prometheus, the only BC-303 constructed, was outfitted with a squadron of eight F-302s. Additionally, every 304 carries twice as many fighters as the Prometheus. In exchange for use of the Alpha Gate, the Federation provided Russia with the plans for both the X-302 hyperspace fighter and X-303. The Russian BC-304 Korolev carried a complement of F-302s. The F-302s have since been used actively by the Federation fleet and have participated in most major battles of the Federation.

When a Wraith computer virus took over the Daedalus, it took control of the 302
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard was piloting and flew him away from the ship after he thwarted its attempt to draw the Wraith in by using the ship's long-range transmitter. Sheppard was beamed out, but the virus kept the 302 following the Daedalus. When the crew tried to destroy the virus by shutting down the ship's systems and rebooting with clean back-ups, the virus survived by downloading itself into the navigational computers of all of the 302s in the fighter bay. When Sheppard and Dr. Rodney McKay tried to stop the virus by removing the navigation computers, it survived because it still controlled the 302 located outside the ship, so the two took the 302 they were in and battled the virus-controlled ship, eventually destroying it. Once the virus had no more 302s to control and hide in, it was successfully eradicated by a third shutdown.

During the prelude to the Battle of the Void, Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard launched four F-302s from the Daedalus in an effort to take out two Hive ships hyperdrives. The fighters were very effective in combat, taking out all the Wraith Darts opposing them but couldn't reach the Hive ships before they started to jump to hyperspace. Sheppard had the other F-302s return to the Daedalus while he latched onto the back of one of the Hive ships and hitched a ride through hyperspace. Once the Hive ships dropped out of hyperspace and following instructions from the Wraith known as Michael Kenmore, Sheppard used his 302's missiles to take out one of the hive's ventral hyperspace generators, disabling its hyperdrive and buying time for friendly forces to reach him. Before he could do the same to the other Hive ship, Darts were launched and the F-302 had its right wing blown off and was disabled. Sheppard was captured but was rescued by Michael.

During the Battle of Asuras, F-302s from at least the Daedalus and possibly the Apollo fought side-by-side with Wraith Darts to take out the hyperdrives of the Asuran Aurora-class battleships. The combined Dart and F-302 forces prove to be highly effective, with only a single Replicator ship being able to make a failed attempt at jumping to hyperspace. At one point, an F-302's missiles visibly took down an Asuran ship's severely weakened shields and took out the hyperdrive.

During the Battle of M2S-445, the Daedalus dispatched its F-302s to defend the ship and take out the main weapons of Michael's cruiser. They succeeded and also drew out a force of Wraith Darts, allowing Sheppard and his team to sneak on board the ship and rescue Teyla Emmagan. The 302s took out the Darts and flew out of the way as the Daedalus destroyed the cruiser.

In 2381, Colonel David Telford engaged the fleet attacking Icarus Base in an F-302 along with other 302s from the base and from the Daedalus.

In 2384, F-302s from the George Hammond were used to disable the shielding around the Lucian Alliance outpost so the base could be captured and to rescue Dr. Nicholas Rush who had been captured. The mission failed as the planet was destroyed as the Lucian Alliance dialed Destiny without properly calibrating the power systems, and two F-302s were lost.

In 2385, during the Battle of the Super-hive, Sheppard decided to launch a first strike against the Super-hive with a squadron of F-302s that were on standby with Earth Defense. Sheppard had them equipped with quantum torpedoes to make them more effective and hopefully powerful enough to take out the Hive. The squadron was successfully fitted with torpedoes, but were deployed instead to cover Area 51 from a Wraith Dart attack. All of the squadron except Sheppard's 302 were destroyed in the skirmish and part of Area 51 was destroyed. In a last desperate move, Sheppard flew his 302 into orbit and once the Hive got close enough, blasted his way through the Dart Bay doors with a torpedo. He then landed his F-302 in the Dart Bay and prepared to detonate the torpedo the fighter was retrofitted with. After being stopped by McKay, the torpedo was rigged with a remote detonator and the F-302 was left by itself and apparently was never detected. Ultimately Sheppard remote detonated his F-302's torpedo, destroying the Hive ship.

Variations[]

Main article: F-303 fighter-interceptor
Main article: F-302 fighter-bomber

Alternate reality[]

F-302s battle alien fighters

  • At least three alternate realities possessed them as the reality jumping Daedalus used to have them, but the crew took them when they abandoned ship, and the reality under alien attack launched an attack against the alien fighters with them to rescue the nearly disabled Daedalus.

Bases[]

Pilots[]

Cameron Mitchell sitting in a landed F-302

Lieutenant Kara Wade

Fighter wings[]

  • 1st SFW - "Snake Skinners"
  • 201st Fighter Squadron - "Darkstar Titans" (USS Intrepid-A)
  • 510th Fighter Squadron - "Death Angels"
  • 701st Fighter Squadron - "Dragon Riders" (USS Intrepid-A)
  • 901st Fighter Squadron - "Flying Tigers"
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