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Factional variants of the Viper Federation Fighter Federation Bomber
Civilian Federation Pirate Rebellion Viper Anaconda


The F-23 Fed Viper is a Federation ship in Escape Velocity Nova. In order to acquire a Viper, you either must have scouted Moash space for the Bureau, furthering their ambitions of controlling the Aurora Empire or disable and capture one.

"A few intrepid hot-rodders noticed that one particular Power Racing sled, the Viper, took very well to a bit of extra weight in the form of armor and armament. With a little engine tweaking, these modified Vipers (designated F-23) were selected by the Federation as the mainstay of their fighter wings." ― Buying a Federation Viper

Despite being merely a militarized version of a popular racer, the Fed Viper became the main interceptor employed by the Fed Navy. They can be fired from a carrier using the Viper Bay. The F-23 chassis was the genesis of the Anaconda fighter-bombers.

Stats[]

"A few of these up your sleeve could greatly enhance your fighting strength. Dealing with hotshot Viper pilots will be the death of you, though." ― Hiring a Federation Viper

Fighter Class (#144)[]

For this base model only, stat changes are relative to the Viper, Fighter Class (#167).

Stats
  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 95%/35%
  • Purchase Cost: 100k (+20k)
  • Hire Cost: 10k/upfront 1k/day
  • Upgrade: Heavy Fighter Variant
  • Upgrade Cost: 50k
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 525
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 850 (-50)
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 80
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 60 (+15)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 20 (+9)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 0.6
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 1.6
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 30 (+5)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 10% (-22%)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 27
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 87
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 40 (+5)
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 7 (-1)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 21t (+5)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 10t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 5t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 3 (+1)
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 3 Light Blasters
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Military IR Jammer
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 300 (3 jumps) (+100)
  • Nova pict 6074 thumb Jump Time: 1 day jump
  • Targetable by PD?: Yes
  • Escape Ship?: Yes
  • Strength: 60 (+30)
  • AI Type: Warship

Enter the Fighter Class and we'll make an ace out of you yet. Despite having a jammer, the Fed Viper does not require a Protective Technologies License.

Wild Variants[]

Shipvariant stat changes are relative to the stats of the basic model. The basic model is Fighter Class.

The following shipvariants are unavailable in the shipyard and must be captured in the field.

Heavy Fighter Variant (#223)[]

Stats
  • Purchase Cost: 150k (+50k)
  • Hire Cost: 15k/upfront 1.5k/day
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 500 (-25)
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 825 (-25)
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 68 (-12)
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 80 (+20)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 25 (+5)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 0.75
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 1.7
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 40 (+15)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33% (+23%)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 26
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 106
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 50 (+10)
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 10 (+3)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 24t (+3)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 10t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 2 Light Cannons, 1 Medium Blaster
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Military IR Jammer
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 200 (2 jumps) (-100)

The Heavy Fighter Variant features some notable steps backwards that would hinder it as a player ship, such as the increased disable threshold (which impinges on the value of armor upgrades) and the loss of a hyperjump (adding a Battery Pack undoes any outfit space gains). It's slower and turns worse too.

Auroran Outfits Detected (#224)[]

Stats
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 550 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 875 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 63 (-17)
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 68 (+8)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 1.8
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 95
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 24t (+3)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 10t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 3 Hail Chainguns (65 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Military IR Jammer
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 200 (2 jumps) (-100)

This ship variant trades a lot of rotatability and a hyperjump for some speed and superior ballistic weaponry.

Gameplay Analysis[]

Fed Viper Shipyard

"What is there to say? It's one of several Viper variants in the game, but it's still a rather weak ship. Avoid being surrounded, and you'll have no problem with them." ― EVula Survival Guide

The Fed Viper keeps pace with the Civilian Viper and outruns both the Pirate and the Rebel Viper. However, it is not as durable as either of the latter and its launch bay is a good deal heavier than its counterparts.

Images[]

The Federation Viper was made by Scott Vardy who modeled the Fed Viper, then Dave Williams made the rest based on his original. Textures were by Phil and Steve Chick.

Appearance[]

As the Viper but... <ship description>

Ship Spins[]

This ship has 36 frames per set and 3 sets for 108 frames in total. It banks when turning in one direction for a certain amount of time.

  • Ship: 32x32
  • Engine: 64x64

Representative Images[]

Additional Images[]

Nova Federation
Sub-factions: BureauRoughnecksWild Geese
Federation Ships: Viper (v) (i) 100k, Anaconda (v) (i) 150k, Scout Ship (v) (i) 400k, Patrol Boat (v) (i) 500k, Destroyer (v) (i) 2M, RAGE Gunboat (v) (i) 2.5M, Carrier (v) (i) 12M
Bureau Storyline (PreambleIntro MissionsMerrol FillerMain StoryFinal Missions)
Federation OutfitsFederation WeaponsFederation Licenses
Federation fauna: Knup-KnupMonkdillo

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