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."
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.
|Weapons Slots||2x3 1x4 1x4|
|X-COM: Apocalypse: Vehicles|
|Airborne|| Hoverbike Phoenix Hovercar Valkyrie Interceptor Hawk Air Warrior|
Police Hovercar Air Taxi Rescue Transport
Construction Vehicle Airtrans Space Liner
|Ground|| Blazer Turbo Bike Stormdog Wolfhound APC Griffon AFV|
Civilian Car Police Car Autotaxi Autotrans
|Alien|| UFO Type 1 UFO Type 2 UFO Type 3 UFO Type 4 UFO Type 5|
UFO Type 6 UFO Type 7 UFO Type 8 UFO Type 9 UFO Type 10
|Equipment||Weapons • Engines • Add-Ons (tentative general equipment name)|
|Other||Standard Control • Manual Control|