Alien Fast-Attack Ship (Apocalypse)

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General Information

Fast-Attack Ship

The appearance of Alien Fast-Attack Ships (UFO Type 4) over the city will escalate the aerial war as these craft can aggressive and dangerous during the first weeks. The aliens will deploy these craft as escorts of Transporters, Destroyers, Assault Ships and Bombers. Fast-Attack Ships will may also conduct base assault missions, seeking to locate and invade X-COM bases. Finally, these craft will also conduct attacks against any organization they perceive as a threat to their plans.

Alien Fast-Attack Ship
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This craft is well armored, highly maneuverable and armed with a powerful beam weapon. It is designed to protect other more vulnerable Alien ships. Avoid these craft if the threat to our vehicles is too great and concentrate on shooting down the Alien Transports.

Source: X-COM Apocalypse Ufopedia (OpenApoc Cut)

Cityscape Information

Fast-Attack Ships are the first UFO type you encounter that pose a serious threat to your air fleet, as they carry a Medium Disruptor Beam and are both fast and well-armoured. Their armour renders lighter weapons such as lasers and the 40mm Auto Cannon relatively ineffective, and their speed allows them to dodge fire from the Lineage Plasma Cannon (usually resulting in very expensive collateral damage). The most effective weapons against Fast-Attack Ships are missiles (due to their homing ability), preferably fired from a whole swarm of craft at long range in order to cut down the amount of time the UFOs have to return fire. Shooting down this craft is easiest when it is close by the other craft if it has an escort role. The speed advantage is mostly irrelevant once escorting but it still evades missiles effectively.

Battlescape Information

The Fast Attack ship has a single entrance on the southern side where the crash has left a wide trench. Aliens will often start outside near the trench or on the roof. Poppers, being fast, gain access to the roof via a hillside on the western side and may jump off the roof and explode as they hit the ground next to your troops.


Statistics Value
Top Speed20
WeaponMedium Disruptor Beam
Weapon Power40
Weapon Range300
EquipmentSmall Disruption Shield
Score points200
Crew6 Anthropods, 2 Brainsuckers, 1 Popper, 2 Spitters
Infiltration Force3 Anthropods, 1 Multiworm, 3 Poppers, 3 Skeletoids

See Also

Apocalypse Insignia X-COM: Apocalypse: Vehicles
Airborne Apoc hoverbike.png Hoverbike Apoc phoenix.png Phoenix Hovercar Apoc valkyrie.png Valkyrie Interceptor Apoc hawk.png Hawk Air Warrior
Apoc policehovercar.png Police Hovercar Apoc airtaxi.png Air Taxi Apoc rescue.png Rescue Transport
Apoc construction.png Construction Vehicle Apoc airtrans.png Airtrans Apoc spaceliner.png Space Liner
Ground Apoc turbobike.png Blazer Turbo Bike Apoc stormdog.png Stormdog Apoc wolfhound.png Wolfhound APC Apoc griffon.png Griffon AFV
Apoc civiliancar.png Civilian Car Apoc policecar.png Police Car Apoc autotaxi.png Autotaxi Apoc autotrans.png Autotrans

Apoc dimension probe.png Dimension Probe Apoc biotrans.png Bio-Trans Apoc explorer.png Explorer Apoc retaliator.png Retaliator Apoc annihilator.png Annihilator

Alien Apoc ufo1.png UFO Type 1 Apoc ufo2.png UFO Type 2 Apoc ufo3.png UFO Type 3 Apoc ufo4.png UFO Type 4 Apoc ufo5.png UFO Type 5
Apoc ufo6.png UFO Type 6 Apoc ufo7.png UFO Type 7 Apoc ufo8.png UFO Type 8 Apoc ufo9.png UFO Type 9 Apoc ufo10.png UFO Type 10


Equipment WeaponsEngines • Add-Ons (tentative general equipment name)
Other Standard Control • Manual Control