The Sentri class medium fighter is a fast but lightly armed aerospace fighter deployed by the Centauri military. House Tavari Armaments located at Hevaria Orbital Shipyards over Tolonius VII is responsible for manufacturing this class of vessel.
Possessing greater maneuverability and acceleration than comparable craft such as the Earthforce Starfury, Centauri pilots have been known to perform drastic and stressful maneuvers that will cause them to pass out, passing control over to the autopilot to complete the maneuver and bring the fighter around to a superior tactical position.
Fighters of this class participated heavily in the second Narn-Centauri War. They were part of the fleet that jumped into the Quadrant 14 to established Centauri presence after Shadows utterly destroyed the Narn defenses in that sector.  Many Sentri fighters were also present during the Centauri orbital bombardment of Narn homeworld in 2259.
The fighter was specifically designed for speed, maneuverability, easy mass-production and meant to complement the large, slow Primus class battle cruisers. Unlike most other fighters, the Sentri was not expected to engage in deepspace combat independently. Instead, Sentri squadrons were used to defend the Primus formations against flank and rear attacks.
The fighter's speed and maneuverability allowed Centauri pilots to maneuver in and around the Primus formations, quickly moving to answer flanking threats with some support from the Primus' side-firing guns. Combining Sentri's fast interception speed with the Primus' heavy firepower, making Centauri formations very difficult for opposing forces to ambush.
They have also proven adept at supporting Vorchan class medium warships though the Vorchans themselves don't feature fighter support facilities, limiting the effective range of such formations to within a few jumps of a base or mothership.
Capable of both atmospheric and non-atmospheric flight, it was one of the largest and most powerful fighters in either environment.
The Sentri's relatively light armaments can work to its disadvantage when faced with superior numbers.
Behind the Scenes
The ship was designed by Mark Kochinski of Foundation Imaging. The early design of the ship featured blocky cockpit which was later redesigned to become more rounded. An updated version of the fighter designed by CG Artist Jose Perez appeared in The Lost Tales - Voices in the Dark.
- The Sentri's entry at the archived website of the unreleased computer game Into the Fire states the dimensions of fighter are as following: Length: 20m, Beam: 33m, Draught: 9m.
|Centauri Republic Ship Classes|
|Primus-class Battle Cruiser · Vorchan-class Medium Warship|
|Sentri-class Medium Fighter|
|Primus-class Liner Variant · Liner · Transport · Atmospheric shuttle · Crew Shuttle|
|Space station · Shipyard · Blockade mine · Perimeter mine|