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In creating his mock trailer for his continuation project, Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, Original Series actor Richard Hatch created an upgraded Viper for the project, known as the Scarlet Viper or the Scarlet-class Viper.
A CGI artist, Steve Parady, met with Hatch, who was pleased by the conceptual drawing that Parady created. The design for the fighter was inspired by the X-29 test fighter's swept forward wings.
The design was seen in the completed mock trailer.
The Scarlet-class Viper, or simply Scarlet Viper, is introduced in Hatch's first novel, "Armageddon". It is said to be a successor to the Azure-class Viper, itself a successor of the original Viper seen in the Original Series.
The difference between this and the original Viper include a scanner that creates a "laser-constructed three-dimensional image" of destinations, in addition to improved systems and weapons, and even energy shields. However, these energy shields are incapable of handling a direct blast, at least without damaging the Viper, but can "shrug off" tangential blasts.
It also contains a computer that recognizes voice input.
- Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armaggedon. Byron Preiss, p. pg. 2.
- Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armaggedon. Byron Preiss, p. pg. 1.
- Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armaggedon. Byron Preiss, p. pg. 7.
- Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armaggedon. Byron Preiss, p. pg. 5.
- Interview with Steve Parady from BattlestarGalactica.com, which includes captures of the Scarlet Viper from the trailer.