In contrast to the Attacker, the Fighter is dedicated for combat with a small cockpit area with tandem seating, with the gunner in front and the pilot in the back. It is far more mobile and responsive than the H-8 Global Defender.
Fighters, ranging in the thousands, or possibly millions, participated in the War of 2016 and were first seen defending the Mothership from the Earth Space Defense, and attacking the Cheyenne Mountain Complex.
Fighters later accompanied the Queen in attacking Area 51. The Fighters were then telekinetically controlled by the Queen to form a shield surrounding her when she directly participated in the attack. The Fighters piloted by the ESD pilots were instrumental in killing the Queen. Immediately following the Queen's death, the Fighters' pilots were rendered inactive and causing their vessels to either crashing into the ground or colliding into each other.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Behind the Scenes
- Johannes Mücke designed the Fighter to be an updated version of the Attacker.
- A life-size cockpit of the Fighter was built on set.
- The blue-green interior lightning inside the Fighter recalls the look of the inside of the mothership during the climax of Independence Day.