|Primary User||Terran Confederation|
|Additional Users||Black Lance|
|Maximum Afterburner||1400 kps|
|Max Acceleration||1200 k/s^2 k/s2|
|Light Tachyon Cannon (4)|
|Default Missile Loadout|
|Fore||280 cm equivalent|
|Aft||280 cm equivalent|
|Right||280 cm equivalent|
|Left||280 cm equivalent|
|F-104 Bearcat Target Designation, circa 2673.]]|
The F-104 Bearcat was a heavy fighter in the service of the Terran Confederation.
Designed and manufactured in the aftermath of the Terran-Kilrathi War, the Bearcat was to be the next top-of-the-line heavy fighter in the Terran Confederation Space Force. A peacetime design, it was to defend the Confederation against future enemies and against Kilrathi raiders who were still intent on continuing the war with the Confederation. With a standard armament and fair speed, it had potential as a formidable dogfighter on the frontlines.
The Bearcat was one of many new Terran innovations to come forth during the peacetime era. By 2673, several combat-ready prototypes of the Bearcat were in testing. A number of them fell into the hands of the Black Lance, who used them in an attempt to provoke war between the Confederation and the newly-independent Union of Border Worlds.
One notable action undertaken by the Bearcats was their role in the Black Lance assault on the Peleus System, where they were charged with defending a jamming ship that was creating a communications blackout across the system. They also were present at the BWS Intrepid's assault on Ella.
In Speradon, a trio of Confederation pilots sympathetic to the Border Worlds defected to the Union after hijacking a squadron of Bearcats. The Union, in desperate need of fighter pilots, acted quickly to rescue the defectors before the Black Lance could intercept them.