the Stellar Stiletto

The Stellar Stiletto is Cobra's very first mass-produced spacecraft. It's used shuttle-like vehicles in the past, but the Stiletto was built for high speed combat in outer space - though it handles in the air just fine, too. This little red combat spaceship has these vehicular characteristics:

Handling
RV 10
Velocity
RV 150
Durability
RV 20
Protection
RV 10

Body Armor: the Stellar Stiletto is built tough - it has to survive combat in vacuum, after all! It's reinforced frame and seven-layer alum-glass heat-resistant canopy give it an effective material value of 20, and rank value 10 protection to its pilot.

Cobra-band Radio: Cobra gear uses a communication system of its own, not beholden to conventional broadcast standards. The Stellar Stiletto has comm gear with rank value 100 range (25,000 miles), and benefits from rank value 20 signal encryption as well.

Environmental Independence: the Stellar Stiletto can support its pilot for about a day thanks to its stored air supply. This translates into rank value 20 environmental independence, where air is concerned; if they don't bring their own food and water, the pilot must go without.

Flight: there's no doubt about it, the Stellar Stiletto is fast. The thing can fly at rank value 150 speeds in the atmosphere (681.81 MPH), raised to rank value 50 speeds out in space (15,000 MPH, or Mach 20). And you wonder why its pilots are surgically modified?

Radar Array: Cobra's Stellar Stiletto is tied into that organization's satellite network, which acts to enhance its own radar transceiver. It can pinpoint and track targets within fifty thousand miles of its location (rank value 100 radar system).

Resistance to Cold and Pressure Variance: designed to operate in outer space, the Stellar Stiletto has to shield its occupants from the extreme cold and vacuum present present outside our atmosphere. It can resist these two hazardous forces at rank value 75.

Resistance to Fire and Heat: re-entry causes friction - lots of friction. The reinforced carbon carbon (RCC) lining the Stellar Stiletto is especially designed with this in mind, and allows the vehicle to withstand fire and heat of up to rank value 100 intensity before it is endangered.

Slice Missiles: the Stellar Stiletto's secondary weaponry is its missiles. It has two Slice (Supersonic Laser-firing InterCEptor) missiles, each of which can fire -1 RS lasers (per the Stiletto laser, below) or detonate (per the Strike missiles, below), depending on a misison's needs.

Stiletto Laser: the primary armament on the Stellar Stiletto, this eponymous laser cannon is mounted under its nose cone. It can be fired to inflict rank value 30 Armor Piercing Energy damage per deadly blast, and is powered by the vehicle's rocket thrusters themselves!

Strike Missiles: the Stellar Stiletto's secondary weaponry is its missiles. It has two Strike DK-87 long range data-linked missiles, which are computer-controlled once fired. They inflict the listed damage, +1 RS if both missiles strike a target simultaneously:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 150
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

1993 Variations

the Starfighter

Taking a page from Cobra's play book, the GI Joe team decided to 'borrow' the design of their Stellar Stiletto, making only minor modifications. First rolling out their new Starfighter while stopping a rogue Soviet-era, asteroid-based weapon, the Joes decided they liked it - a lot.

This little red, white, and blue combat spacecraft is primarily the same, though it has been fitted with updated electronics - and its communications suite has the benefit of rank value 30 signal encryption, instead of Cobra's mere, rank value 20 comms security.

Extra Goodies:

the Stellar Stiletto 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

Cobra directories featuring a version of the Stellar Stiletto:

  1988  

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Stellar Stiletto:

  1993  

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