Survey Ships are the TFTD equivalent of UFO Defense's Small Scout, albeit with several differences.
Damage capacity: 60
Weapon Power: 0
Weapon Range: 0 km
Maximum Speed: 2000 knots
This tiny submarine is used for reconnaissance and survey missions. It normally precedes larger vessels at the start of an Alien task force.
In nine out of ten cases, the Survey Ship will not touch down, but merely fly around a bit. Because it is so fragile, an attack will usually completely destroy the vessel on the fist shot. It is therefore a rare event to encounter one in a ground combat mission.
If that happens, you will find that the Survey Ship is somewhat larger on the Battlescape than its UFO Defense cousin, to the point that a SWS can enter and fit inside. There are two small storage rooms next to the main door, but since there's only one occupant (which is usually outside the ship at start of combat), there's little or no risk of an ambush. Note: Some versions of the game contain a bug where the crews of Survey Ship and Escort are swapped, resulting in four to six aliens being present on the battlefield instead of one during the Survey Ship interceptions.
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