Hollast Industries spacecraft are popular choices among independant and mercenary groups, as they are willing to trade outside the juridstiction of the UTC. As such, Kestrels are widely used by those who don't have trade agreements with the Coalition. However the Cirin Alliance is the first government to deploy these fighters in large quantities.
Relatively cheap and easy to build, the Kestrel is a very basic fighter. Less maneuverable than most fighters, and limited in terms of firepower, the Kestrel's key feature is its unmatchable acceleration which makes it an excellent interceptor. Kestrels are most effective when deployed is swarms and supported by their cousins, Eagle class Heavy Fighters .
First appearance: Page 00.09