Cheap, lean, and brutally efficient, the Avenger was Rastakgan’s answer to the Unity’s stalwart Courage model VTOL. A twin-engine tilt-rotor like the Courage, the Avenger was faster, could turn sharper, and had a sleeker profile and angled fuselage that made it more difficult to track with active radar systems, all for less than a third the cost of the more modern Resolve and heavier Firewind VTOLs it would compete with.
Debuting some twelve cycles before the onset of the War, the Avenger saw service to its bitter end. While the vast majority were destroyed during the conflict, many survived in the hands of mercenary, terrorist, and pirate organizations. Factories in Ratago, Guar, and supposedly Salvani continue to produce close replicas, and many were brought into Serica and the Unity as salvage. The Avenger was sold in large numbers to The Jahangi Coalition, and it is a little known fact that small squadrons were briefly bought and employed by some ISIS precincts. While the War made their continued use politically untenable, these precincts either auctioned off their fleets after it’s conclusion or retain them, quietly locked away in municipal hangars, to this day.
Even today, the Avenger is a maneuverable and swift craft for its production cost, limited only by its reliance on rechargeable liquid salt batteries and a small methane reservoir as fuel. The Avenger is capable of carrying slightly less external ordnance than a modern Vortex, but does possess a small internal troop compartment that can be repurposed to house additional munitions. Avengers were commonly equipped with a nose-mounted small-bore Universal Threat Suppressant and two pods of Heartbreaker missiles on the side pylons, plus a number of dumbfire rockets and countermeasures. Some also featured the infamous Disruptor thermal weapon in their nose mounts, a relatively unique variant that is nonetheless often considered the ‘iconic’ version of the aircraft.