The Colonial Viper is the main interceptor/space-supremacy fighter in the Colonial Fleet.  Although the name “Viper” might continue, unlike the Raptor, the Viper has not remained unchanged over the years.  In fact, the Viper has taken drastic changes over the decades from the pre-Cylon War era aircraft from before Colonial Unification up through eight models of Viper used by the Colonial Fleet.

The Mk VII is currently the standard issued fighter of the Fleet although it has already been outclassed by the new war-time development, the MK VIII.  It is not uncommon to find earlier model Vipers around either, there being so many particularly MK IIs and IIIs from the war surplus.

All Vipers are single pilot aircraft.  Pilots wear protective flight suits but the cockpits of the vessels are fully pressurized and heated making this merely a precaution against damage or to preserve the pilot in the event of ejection.


  • Length:
  • Armament:
    • 4 30mm cannons (1000 rounds each)
    • 8 Missile Mounts
  • Notes: The MK VIII was only an idea under development at the time of the Fall.  Since then, however, dedicated researchers and engineers have continued work on the project and produced a few prototypes.  The MK VIII takes a massive step away from the traditional design of the Vipers, potentially leading Colonial aviation down a drastically different path for the future.


  • Length: 9.9m
  • Armament:
    • 3 30mm cannons (1000 rounds each)
    • 4 Missile Mounts
  • Notes: The MK VII is currently the standard fighter of the Colonial Fleet.  In the past forty years, Viper technology has continued to increase.  In addition to basic maneuverability, avionics, etc. the MK VII also has significantly increased armament over the earlier models.  It is also the first Viper to be fitted with the CNP.


  • Length: 8.8m
  • Armament:
    • 2 30mm cannons (1000 rounds each)
    • 2 Missile Mounts
  • Notes: The MK III saw minor improvements to the MK II noticeably an increasingly sleeker design and improved avionics (trends which would continue over the years).  The MK III saw action in the closing years of the First Cylon War and began to slowly replace the MK IIs by war’s end.


  • Length: 8.5m
  • Armament:
    • 2 30mm cannons (1000 rounds each)
    • 2 Missile Mounts
  • Notes: The MK II was the dominant space-supremacy fighter of the First Cylon War.  It replaced the fairly rudimentary MK I and brought space fighters into the next generation of combat.