Ah, the AT-7704! This midsized fighter is the staple of the NebuloVian Interuniversal Allied Republic.
It started off as a jet fighter during the first war over Project Nebulon. It was sleek and fast for its time period, but would now be considered slow and cumbersome. The AT-7704/s-g1 was its name and it was built off of the same platform. It supported 6 missile hardpoints and dual 50 caliber machine guns. Using a strange method of four front-mounted engines that pulled the craft, with a tapering rear and separated cockpit from the wings, this design, during testing, proved to be incredibly useful and proved time and time again that the engineers at Nexus Intelligent Systems, Incorporated. It has consistently outperformed any craft of its class, and has always provided the best areas to mount weapons, regardless of the wing configuration. Many variants have been made.
After the G1 was phased out, the G2 was released. This was a bit different than the G1, as the G1 had swept back wings. The G2 was made as a delta wing craft, with the engines mounted on the end of the wings. This variant was short-lived after its official release after NVIAR rejected the test results and went with another option, the Dragonhead, a totally different fighter. The delta winged G2 was the fastest and most nimble yet, and probably deserved its own re-categorization as a light fighter due to its lack of extensive weaponry (only dual blaster cannons) and extreme speed.
After that, this current model, the G3 came out. It was a shock to many customers when it was officially shown. It looked nothing like the G2 and only slightly similar to the G1. The G3 used four super fast spinning turbines mounted underneath a front cowling that also supported the front wings to pull the craft along, much like the G1. However, the main difference that the G3 pulled off over the G1 was that the cockpit was now placed behind the engine assembly. This is the design that stuck with the 7704 series up to the present day. It gave the pilot more psychological relaxation in dogfights and allowed visibility of almost the entire craft, to let the pilot make quick checks to see how damaged the craft was. Another reason that the cockpit was in the rear was so that the control linkages were closer to the controllers and computer, so that the time it took for the signal to reach the vectoring units, rudders, ailerons, elevators, and reverse thrusters was much shorter, allowing for a split second quicker handling, which could mean life or death for some pilots. It also supported dual anti-personnel blaster cannons, and a dual anti-personnel blaster cannon turret capable of 360 degree planar rotation, both bottom mounted. It supported quad laser cannons mounted out on the front wings, as well as two green long-ranger laser cannon accelerators mounted further out. The G3 was a gem of a fighter and sold well to NVIAR.
Next, the G4 came out. This was essentially a modernized-for-the-times G3. The only main differences were that the quad turbines were replaced with two larger more powerful engines with dual vectored thrust nozzles. These took up all the room under the cowlings and were thus fused with them. (See here: http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr313/Genecaster/Spore_2010-03-21_00-08-29.png [NOT LEGO, made in SPORE, but related to the creation at hand.) Another thing that changed in the G4 was that the frontmost wings that held laser cannons and long ranged laser cannons (the black friction pegs and green lights on the model) were removed to make room for dual, newly-mastered, GGR2-T6 heavy plasma cannons and quad laser cannons.
Then the G5 was made. The G5 added frontal stabilization wings, variable geometry main wings, as well as an augmented and variable geometry tail section. It upped the ante with quad heavy plasma cannons and dual heavy laser cannons, this was thought to be an insane move due to the excessive heat generated by both the super-fast engine and the powerful weaponry having nowhere to radiate in space, but engineers managed to vent all the heat into the engine exhaust for space travel. The only problem with this method was that the cannons and engines were all one unit, so they were not modular unless you were to replace the entire nacelle. This was a bit more expensive than before, where replacing the engines and cannons was an easy task for mechanics and could be done in an afternoon, while now on the G5 it would take practically rebuilding the entire fighter. Nonetheless, the G5 was incredibly fast and was even granted an X variant for testing with experimental stealth technology.
Currently (as in I have pictures I'll upload after I do all my old craft) there is only an experimental G6, the AX-7704/X0-G6. This craft takes a similar shape to the Belbullab-22, though less bulbous in design. The G6 features an elongated, streamlined nose, even larger, more powerful engines, and larger and more powerful weapons. It has also employed the technology of a radioventer, a device that turns heat into low-frequency gamma rays, this is why the thrust nozzles are always glowing a green color. The plasma cannons are larger and the laser cannons are too. Not only that, but an added ion cannon and heavy blaster assault machine gun are added to the underside. The unique thing about these is that they can be either removed altogether for slightly improved aerodynamics, or be put on the craft to transport and use in battle, also neat about these weapons is that they can be removed by the pilot easily and used away from the craft in hand-to-hand combat as regular guns, though, ion cannons aren't very useful for battles except for stunning an enemy. The G6 is also utilizing full employment of an augmented generator, which will power more impressive shields and an all new LASS/BSS/GSS/SSS/HSS stealth system. (Light Absorbing, Bending, Generating, Simulating, and Hologramic type, which covers the entire spectrum of stealth.) The ILMSS (Integrated Light Manipulating Stealth System) will render the craft near invisible to any type of detection, visuals, and radar.
Alright, after that book of a description, thanks for reading. :) Enjoy.