The Hellcat V was the successor to the F-44 Rapier II. The statue of a Hellcat was built outside a chapter of the Academy. It was also featured in simulations ran by the Academy, flown by cadet pilots, around or before the year 2654. It is possible that this early version of the Hellcat is actually a Wildcat. The Hellcat V was declared obsolete by the year 2680, and would be replaced by newer fighter craft.
The Hellcat V was developed by Douglas Aerospace. It measured 27 meters long and weighed 14 metric tonnes. Its maximum velocity reaches at around 420 kps with an acceleration rate of 225 k/s^2. The standard Hellcat V is equipped with 2 Laser Guns, 2 Ion Guns, and 2x3 Image Recognition missiles. The Hellcat V is designed as a multi-role medium fighter.
The Hellcat V can operate in an atmosphere, allowing it to play a critical role in ground attack missions and planetary assault operations. The fighter is extremely tough and carries both powerful shields and heavy armor.
Although the Hellcat V was a generally reliable spacecraft, it never gained the fame and glory of its predecessor due to a somewhat less powerful arsenal. [Source: wikia]
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