|RE-1 AAX Raven|
|Faction||Earth Defence Force|
|Weapons||HMG, Gauss Rifle|
The RE-1 AAX Raven, also known as the EDF Flyer or EDF Gunship, is a lightly-armored gunship, used by the Earth Defense Force as standard air support during the Second Martian Revolution and later by the Red Faction.
Capabilities & Design[edit | edit source]
Equipped with either a rotary cannon or, more rarely, a rocket system, the Raven could pack a formidable punch and their sometimes erratic movements made them hard to take down.
They can hover and have VTOL capabilities, combining the speed of jet fighter with the combat mobility and grace of a helicopter. They have three retractable landing struts on their underside, also used with VTOLs In charge of the landing instruments is a defense contractor named Tovac Industries.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Whilst hard to hit with certain weapons, they have very little armor - they are particularly weak to turrets and improvised Red Faction weapons like rocket launchers and the Grinder. Alec Mason's Nano Rifle is also highly effective against them as a well-placed shot could disintegrate one of the forward wings; this causes the craft to lose control and subsequently crash - with predictably explosive results.
Service history[edit | edit source]
The first known appearances of this line of EDF gunships is during the First Martian Revolution in 2075, helping the rout of the Mercenaries loyal to Colonel Masako and the Ultor Corporation. A differing window arrangement, however, from the more familiar profile from the Second Martian Revolution and onwards makes it likely that these were an earlier variant or model. 
These early EDF Flyers possessed rotary cannons similar to those seen on the majority of later models.
The EDF gunship continues to serve as the standard EDF air support throughout the following half-century of their rule on Mars, taking part in Battle of Mariner Valley and the Second Martian Revolution when it rolls around in 2125. They partook in many of the most important engagements in the war.
When the Earth Defence Force on Mars collapsed, its senior leadership wiped out and the E.D.S. Hydra destroyed, much of their gear falls into use with the Red Faction. AAX Ravens are adopted in sizable numbers and repainted with the symbol of the new Red Faction colonist state, the clutched hammer.
The aircraft continue to be used by the Red Faction for at least 50 years, being scrambled only to be withdrawn during the White Faction Crisis in 2150 and being present during the Battle for the Terraformer at the finality of Cultist War.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
|Earth Defence Force Vehicles|
|Light Transport||EDF Scout Car • EDF Staff Car|
|Dedicated Troop Transport||EDF APC • EDF Heavy Truck|
|Aerial||AAX Raven • EDF Dropship • EDF Bomber • EDF Transport Ship|
|Armour||EDF Main Battle Tank • EDF Mobile Rocket Artillery • EDF Medium Tank|