Raiders are the Cylon equivalent of fighter jets, although instead of requiring a separate pilot, it's a part of the ship. Like other Cylons, when a Raider is destroyed, its knowledge and memories get transferred into a new ship, meaning it can learn from its mistakes and identify opponent's tactics. This culminates into a fight with "Scar" a Cylon Raider that out-maneuvers and out-strategizes the humans who are trying to take it out once and for all.
The closest thing we have to Cylon Raiders are in the U.S. military's unmanned drone program. If a pilot-controlled drone is taken out in combat, its pilot can begin again with a new ship. These ships also carry on-board cameras, letting the pilot review and learn from mistakes.
March 20, 2009 8:08 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Josh Lowensohn
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