The Aegis Gladius is an older design that has been updated over the years to keep up with modern technology. In military circles, the Gladius is beloved for its performance and its simplicity. A fast, light fighter with a laser-focus on dogfighting, the Gladius is an ideal interceptor or escort ship and is predominately used by the player character at the start of the Squadron 42 campaign.
The Gladius is a long-serving military light fighter spacecraft developed by Aegis Dynamics and first utilized by the United Empire of Earth Navy (UEEN) in the 26th century. Its frame is easily modified and has undergone numerous technology retrofits in the past three centuries. The Gladius has served extensively along multiple fronts and has logged thousands of combat missions. In recent years, squadrons have begun to phase out the Gladius and convert to newer craft like the Anvil Arrow. As this conversion continues, surplus Gladius have become available on the civilian market.
Here is a short history of publications about the series from the RSI website.
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