The Nial class heavy fighter was the primary fighter of the Minbari Federation. It was manufactured at the Valeria-On-High Orbital Shipyards over Minbar.


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Nial cockpit

The Minbari Nial fighter is one of the strongest fighters among the younger races. It sports an array of advanced systems, firepower and manoeuvrability. Armament consists of three light neutron fusion cannons, similar to those found on a Sharlin class warcruiser but much less powerful.

Defenses include a Minbari stealth system, making a weapons lock difficult for a lot of other races.[2][3] While in flight, the pilot operates the ship in the prone position.[4] Due to the fact that the ship is designed primarily for hit-and-run attacks, it carries only a limited air supply and has no jump capability of its own.[5]

Having proven to be a dependable design for over a thousand years, the Nial has served in both the First and Second Shadow Wars and the Earth-Minbari War.  This fighter also continues to serve in the fleets of both the Federation and the Interstellar Alliance with a small contingent of Nials normally stationed aboard the Anla'Shok's Whitestar fleet.


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