General and Technical Data
Model Number: SBF-XF-17 Name: Nanofighter Unit Type: Prototype support fighter Manufacturer: Canadia Army Operator: Canadia Army Accommodation: Pilot only Dimensions: Overall length 20.2 meters; overall height 5.4 meters; wingspan 15.1 meters Weight: 13.9 metric tons Construction: Nanite-based frame and armour Equipment: Sensors, range unknown; nanomachine-based self and external repair system Fixed Armaments: 1 x 60mm CIWS vulcan, turret-mounted on top; 1 x energy cannon, turret-mounted under the nose; 2 x 12 pod missile tubes, wing-mounted
Technical and Historical Notes
The R-Matey wasn't the only thing that the Canadia troops recovered. Along with the mission packs, a large amount of research data was also found. Part of the data was the plans for a fighter plane made of nanomachines. Intregued by the design, the Canadia engineers went a step further.
Designing what they dubbed the "Nanofighter" to be a support unit for the R-Matey, the weapon compliment was kept fairly light. An energy cannon was mounted on a turret placed under the nose, which could swivel and track at targets in the lower radius. To provide backup punch, a set of missile tubes were mounted on the wings. Finally, an anti-missile vulcan was mounted on a swivel turret on the top of the fighter. The main aspect of the fighter, however, is that the whole frame is comprised of nanomachines. Also, the Nanofighter contains a full nanite production machine, which both replenishes the Nanofighter's structure, and can be projected at allied units to repair battle damage.
The Nanofighter proved to be an effective design, and served well alongside the R-Matey. It also prompted a new line of research after the accident that produced the MBR-XTF-51(N) Nano Matey, which concluded with the MBT-XT-30 E-Tank.