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"XIG Fighter take off!"

―Atsuko and Georgie's XIG Fighter launching sequence.

XIG Fighters (XIGファイター XIG Faitā) are advanced fighter jets developed by GUARD and under the cooperation of the Alchemy Stars, and used by XIG. When stored inside the Aerial Base or carried by the Peace Carry, they remain in their hexagonal Container Mode. The fighters utilize the Repulsor Lift, an anti-gravity device developed by the Alchemy Stars (specifically Gamu) that enables vehicles to hover in the air. With this piece of technology, the jets can perform maneuvers that are considered impossible for standard aircraft.

Models

XIG Fighter SS

The XIG Fighter SS (Sky Surfer) (XIGファイターSS (スカイサーファー) XIG Faitā SS (Sukai Sāfā))[1], labeled as "Fighter 1" (ファイター1 Faitā Wan), is the main fighter piloted by the leader of each Fighter Team. This advanced fighter jet has a hyper jet engine, giving it higher mobility than standard fighters. The SS is armed with laser cannons and missiles, and can also be equipped with hyperspace-destroying missiles. All of the SSs were destroyed when the Aerial Base rammed at Mokian.

Subtitle: Team Leader-Use Main Fighter (チームリーダー用主力戦闘機 Chīmu Rīdā-yō Shuryoku Sentōki)[2]
Stats
  • Length: 14 m[1]
  • Max Speed: Mach 9[1]
  • Crew: 2[1]
Arsenal
  • Spelaer Cannon (スペラール砲 Rēzābarukan)[1]: A pair of energy autocannons boasting outstanding destructive power.[3]
    • Laser Vulcan (レーザーバルカン Rēzābarukan)[1]: Standard XIG lasers.
  • HEAT Missile (HEATミサイル HEAT Misairu)[1]: Powerful missiles stored in the fighter's weapons bay, under the cockpit.
  • Sidewinder (サイドワインダー Saidowaindā): A standard missile attached on both undersides of the wings.The Stone Wing

XIG Fighter SG

The XIG Fighter SG (Sky Gainer) (XIGファイターSG (スカイゲイナー) XIG Faitā SG (Sukai Geinā))[4], labeled as "Fighter 2" (ファイター2 Faitā Tsū) and "Fighter 3" (ファイター3 Faitā Surī), are the support fighters piloted by regular members of the Fighter Teams. The SG is armed with Majort laser cannons and HEAT Missiles on each wing. It can also be equipped with bombs or liquid nitrogen bombs. All of the SGs were destroyed when the Aerial Base rammed at Mokian.

Subtitle: Heavy Main Fighter (重武装主力戦闘機 Jū Busō Shuryoku Sentōki)[5]
Stats
  • Length: 11 m[4]
  • Max Speed: Mach 6[4]
  • Crew: 2[4]
Arsenal
  • Majort Cannon (マジョット砲 Majotto-hō)[4]
  • HEAT Missile (HEATミサイル HEAT Misairu)[4]: Eight powerful missiles stored inside each of the wings.

XIG Fighter EX

The XIG Fighter EX (Exciter) (XIGファイターEX (エキサイター) XIG Faitā EX (Ekusaitā))[6] is a reconnaissance and electronics warfare fighter made for commanders. It is designed to operate in the front line and give out orders to Fighter SSs and SGs. It is primarily armed with two Entashia Cannons and Laser Vulcan guns.[6] In addition to its fixed armament, various payloads such as missiles and Sidewinders can be mounted.

Although it was a fighter jet specifically made for Chief Tsutsumi, Gamu modified the jet to his own liking and piloted it into battle without permission. Since then, the EX became Gamu's personal fighter jet. Gamu also had his own artificial intelligence system, PAL, installed into the EX's Remote Flying System. This allowed the jet to fly without Gamu onboard.[6] The EX was actively piloted by Gamu in both combat and non-combat missions. When the Aerial Base was destroyed along with Mokian, it was presumed that the EX and PAL went down with them. However, the jet and PAL reemerged in episode 50 and attacked Zog to save Gamu. The EX was destroyed shortly afterwards.The Cry of the Earth

Subtitles:
  • Chief Tsutsumi's Commander-Use Fighter (堤チーフ専用指揮官機 Tsutsumi Chīfu Sen'yō Shikikanki)[7]
  • Gamu's Fighter (高山我夢専用機 Takayama Gamu Sen'yō-ki)[8]
Stats
  • Length: 12 m[6]
  • Max Speed: Mach 8[6]
  • Crew: 2[6]
Arsenal
  • Entashia Cannon (エンタシア砲 Entashia-Hō)[6]: The EX is armed with two top-mounted energy cannons. They are powered by the jet's engine and fire energy projectiles.[9] They are powerful enough to destroy a large rocky mountain or missiles in one shot.[10]
  • Laser Vulcan (レーザーバルカン Rēzābarukan)[6]: Standard XIG lasers.
  • Sidewinder (サイドワインダー Saidowaindā)[6]: A standard missile attached on both undersides of the wings.
  • Beam Launcher (ビーム発射装置 Bīmu Hassha Sōchi)[9]: An emitter that can launch various types of special beams.
    • Pilot Wave Illuminatior (パイロットウェーブ照射機 Pairottou~ēbu Shōsha-ki)[6]: A device that emits a special energy wave that can force an organism lacking a physical form to gain it.[6] It was used against Mezard.Gamu of the Sky

XIG Fighter ST

The XIG Fighter ST (XIGファイターST XIG Faitā ST)[11] is the successor to the Fighter SS. Overall performance and combat capabilities have been dramatically improved from the Fighter SS. Its primary weapons are two Repulsor Chargers that fire powerful laser beams.[11]

Although development on the ST was once halted, one jet was built and completed by Chief Kousuke Ranboshi and his development team.[11] Following the destruction of the Aerial Base, XIG pilots were introduced to the new Fighter ST and two GTs. The ST was piloted by Team Falcon Leader Yoneda. Together with the two GTs and the Peace Carry, the ST participated in the support mission for Ultraman Gaia against Zebubu. After a successful attack run, the ST received a hit and was destroyed in action. Fortunately, the pilot survived.

In Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again, production of the ST was resumed and officially replaced the Fighter SS. Team Leader Yoneda piloted one of these jets to bring Gamu to Team Marlin for an underwater investigative mission. Later on, Team Leader Kajio piloted one and led Team Lightning to attack a cluster of Baiakuhe.[11]

Subtitle: Team Leader-Use Next-Gen Main Fighter (チームリーダー用次期主力機 Chīmurīdā-yō Jiki Shuryoku-ki)[12]
Stats
Arsenal
  • Repulsor Charger (リパルサー・チャージャー Riparusā Chājā)[11]: The jet has two top-mounted laser beam cannons.
  • Laser Vulcan (レーザーバルカン Rēzābarukan): Standard XIG lasers.

XIG Fighter GT

The XIG Fighter GT (XIGファイターGT XIG Faitā GT)[11] is the successor to the Fighter SG. Similar to the Fighter ST, the GT's overall performance and combat capabilities have been dramatically improved from the Fighter SG. It is armed with four wing-mounted Repulsor Chargers in place of the HEAT Missiles.

Development on the GT was once halted, but two jets were built by Chief Ranboshi and his development team.[11] After the loss of the Aerial Base, these jets were piloted by Team Lightning Leader Kajio and Team Crow Leader Inagi respectively. The two GTs were active in supporting Ultraman Gaia against Zebubu and subsequent battles. When both Gamu and Fujimiya lost their Ultra powers to Zog, the GTs were retrofitted with a Repulsor Field device to reflect monster energies to the Ultra duo and temporarily revive them. During this operation, the two GTs were piloted by Team Leader Kajio and Team Lightning Member Yasushi Kitada respectively.

In Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again, production of the GT was resumed and officially replaced the Fighter SG. Two GTs were piloted by Team Lightning Members Kitada and Ogawara and launched attacks on a cluster of Baiakuhe.[11]

Subtitle: Next-Gen Main Fighter (次期主力戦闘機 Jiki Shuryoku Sentōki)[13]
Stats
Arsenal
  • Repulsor Charger (リパルサー・チャージャー Riparusā Chājā)[11]: The jet has four wing-mounted laser beam cannons.
  • Laser Vulcan (レーザーバルカン Rēzābarukan): Standard XIG lasers.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ultraman Official Data File 26 pg 25/Sheet 03-1
  2. Heisei Ultraman Mecha Chronicle pg 43
  3. TV Magazine Deluxe 90 Ultraman Gaia Illustrated Ultra Encyclopedia pg 29
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Ultraman Official Data File 26 pg 26/Sheet 03-1
  5. Heisei Ultraman Mecha Chronicle pg 44
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Ultraman Official Data File 52 pg 25/Sheet 03-2
  7. Ultra Tokusatsu Perfect Mook Vol.14 Ultraman Gaia pg 16
  8. Heisei Ultraman Mecha Chronicle pg 47
  9. 9.0 9.1 TV Magazine Deluxe 90 Ultraman Gaia Illustrated Ultra Encyclopedia pg 28
  10. TV Magazine 1999 February Issue pg 81
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 Ultraman Official Data File 52 pg 26/Sheet 03-2
  12. Heisei Ultraman Mecha Chronicle pg 45
  13. Heisei Ultraman Mecha Chronicle pg 46


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