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FF-S3 Saberfish

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Unit Type

Mass Production Support Space Craft

Appearances

Anime
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Profile

Model Number
  • FF-S3
  • FF-S3DF
Developed from
First Seen
Last Seen
Manufacturer
Operator
Known Pilots

General Characteristics

Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only (in standard canopy-style cockpit)
Armaments
  • 4 x 25mm Machine Gun
  • 12 x Missile Launcher
  • Anti-Ship Missile

The FF-S3 Saberfish (sometimes called Shaverfish, perhaps derisively) was an Earth Federation high-speed space and atmospheric fighter built by the Hervic Company.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

A space variant of FF-3 Saberfish, FF-S3 is essentially the same craft with four boosters attached to its wings. Each of these boosters also armed with an 3-tube missile launcher, which gave it enough firepower to kill a first-generation mobile suit such as Zaku II or a Musai-class light cruiser. If needed, the Saberfish can be loaded with a large anti-ship missile.

Designed to launch from the Federation's Columbus-class carriers, the Saberfish found themselves heading into battle by attaching to and then launching from the hulls of the Federation's Salamis and Magellan-class space warships.

Although the Saberfish is faster than Zaku II, it's inferior in term of agility and acceleration. One effective tactic of the Saberfish squadron is loading anti-ship missile on every fighter, then simply avoid the MS and focus on destroying the support ship with quick bombardment.

Armaments

  • 25mm Machine Gun
  • Missile Launcher
  • Anti-Ship Missile

History

Developed as a joint effort between the Earth Federation Space and Air Force, the Saberfish was developed as part of the Earth Federation's Year 70 Armament Reinforcement Plan in U.C. 0076. The Saberfish first saw combat during the One Year War, and was widely used in the opening stages of the conflict. Although it had decent status as a space fighter, the introduction of the Principality of Zeon's mobile suit technology rendered the fighter practically obsolete. Lacking the armor, up-to-date weapons, and AMBAC system of the opposing mobile suits, the Saberfish became both out maneuvered and outgunned. Also lacking any kind of melee weapon, the Saberfish is almost defenseless in the close range combat that Zeon favored. Thus Federation pilots were often forced to resort to swarm tactics in order to overwhelm its opponents. However, when up against later generation mobile suit models or an ace pilot, the Saberfish were hopelessly outmatched even with numerical superiority.

In terms of atmospheric performance, the Saberfish was thought to perform much better. As Earth's gravity limited mobile suits to ground combat, the Saberfish's only oppositions in the air were the poorly-engineered Dopp Fighter's and the sluggish Gaw Attack Carrier's. In the latter half of the One Year War, the Saberfish was taken out of front-line service in space and replaced by the more heavily armored RGM-79 GM and more maneuverable RB-79 Ball. Nevertheless, it continued to see service well into U.C. 0087, despite the continued odds stacked against it and the apparent lack of efforts to modernize its capability as well as survivability. The Saberfish saw combat during the Gryps Conflict when the Anti-Earth Union Group descended onto Jaburo. There were Saberfish aircrafts seen in U.C. 0096, when Zeon remnants attacked the Federation's Torrington Base, however these Saberfishs were destroyed by a MS-05L Zaku I Sniper Type before being able to launch.

Many Federation mobile suit aces of the One Year War such as Bernard Monsha, South Burning, and Yuu Kajima first earned their wings piloting this spacefighter.

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MSV Mechanics
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Land Vehicle
RTX-44
Aircraft / Spacecraft
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Mobile Suit
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Mobile Pod
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Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
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Mega Launcher
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Mobile Suit
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Chivvay Kai-class | Musai Kai-class
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Mobile Suit
MS-06F Zaku II | MS-14A Gelgoog

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Gwazine-class
Anaheim Electronics
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Support Weapon
Skiure
Transporter / Supply Ship
Fat Uncle
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Chivvay-class | Endra-class | Garencieres | LMSD-76 Gray Phantom | Musai Kai-class | Musaka-class | Rewloola-class
Republic of Zeon
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
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Vist Foundation
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Mobile Suit
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Transporter / Supply Ship
Klimt
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Mobile Suit
TOLRO-800 "Torohachi"
Mobile Worker
Med

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