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General Information

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Official Entry: "The first manned inter-dimensional vehicle produced for the initial exploration of Alien structures. The craft only has a small equipment and armament load and must conduct its excursions with great care."

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The Explorer is the third X-COM ship that can travel to the Alien Dimension, with the design focus shifting to fighter aircraft. The Explorer is the lightweight of the X-COM combat aircraft.

The Explorer is identical to a Hawk Air Warrior in terms of armament, with hard points for a 2×3 forward weapon and a pair of 1×4 weapons on the sides. The Explorer has more restrictive module space than a Hawk, however, with only 4×3 slots.

As with all X-COM interdimensional aircraft, the Explorer does not require fuel and can stay in the air indefinitely.

X-COM must research UFO type 5 (the Destroyer) in order to research the Explorer.

Despite its respectable combat abilities, the Explorer sees a disastrously short shelf life. The UFO prerequisite for the Retaliator (the Assault Ship) appears very early on (week 3), so the superior Retaliator is unlocked very shortly after the Explorer and supersedes it.


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Statistics Value
Top Speed16
Weapons Slots2x3 1x4 1x4
Equipment Size4x3
Production Cost$22000
Sale Price$44000
Labor Hours55000
Score points350

1 Armor is given as Top/Front/Left/Right/Rear/Bottom. The in-game Ufopedia rather misleadingly displays only a single armor value, the sum of the values on all six of the vehicle's facings.

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