Part of Aegis Dynamics’ Phase Two of new ship models, the Sabre was designed as a space superiority fighter for those situations where you need to leave a lighter footprint. They have raised the bar yet again with their Raven variant, maintaining all the speed and maneuverability of its Sabre forebear, but with a lower ship signature, making it a fast, stealthy infiltrator.
When Aegis Dynamics unveiled their Sabre as the first in their Phase Two line of spacecraft, few could have
imagined that this agile dogfighter would launch the embattled company out of the Messers’ shadow and into
a commercial resurgence. The Sabre seemed to remind everyone what had established these ships as military
mainstays in the first place: durability and performance. Now, Aegis seems poised to do it again with their new
Sabre Raven. This isn’t a simple variant though, the Raven features a redesigned hull that cuts down the wide
wingspan of the original Sabre to a smaller profile.
Aegis wasn’t going to rely on the reputation of the Sabre alone to carry the Raven, so they invited a select group
of enthusiasts, personalities and journalists to an undisclosed testing facility to see for themselves. Among the
group were two writers for Whitley’s, several noted astroengineers and even Galactic Tour’s own Jax McCleary,
so needless to say, it was going to be an entertaining test flight.
We were met by the Raven team who gave us a top-down assessment of what to expect from the ship. The
ship keeps the lightning speed of its forebear, but introduces some new tricks into the mix. Aegis has completely
overhauled the Sabre’s avionics module to include some of the most cutting-edge hardware and software
available today. Along with increased data storage that makes it an ideal candidate for intelligence missions,
there is a whole suite of new flight options waiting aboard for the pilot with skills enough to operate all the new
Probably the biggest surprise of the day came when Lead Designer Blair Nyberg brought us around from the cockpit
to the dorsal and revealed that the Sabre’s twin missile racks had been replaced with some menacing looking EMP
pods. There were protests at first from the gathered crowd who seemed agitated at the thought of giving up the
advantage of extra firepower, but then Blair took us through the design