The H-8 Global Defender is a hybrid aerospace fighter developed for the Earth Space Defense.
The Global Defender is equipped with twin hybrid anti-gravity fusion drives that are used for rapid acceleration in space and VTOL movement. The Global Defender is armed with two underwing rapid-fire blaster cannons similar to the Attacker. Moreover, the aircraf have a built-in life support system integrated into the fighter which allows a pilot to breathe without the use of a oxygen mask.
The Global Defender was originally equipped with deflector shields that was scrapped from the final design due to the shields drains energy from the fusion drive and creating more drag during atmospheric flight.
the Technological Advancements of the Global Defender finally allows humanity to contend with the Harvesters in sky battles while also helping ground forces by acting like a flying Gunship via it's VTOL movements
Despite the technological advancements, it's still as vulnerable as a pre modern fighter like the F-16, getting shot down after being hit once or twice
In 1999, the ESD experiment with integrating alien shield technology into an F-22 Raptor that would became the foundation for the development of Hybrid Fighters. The H-8 Global Defender was first introduced in August 2014.
The Global Defender was the mainstay of Legacy Squadron.
Global Defenders participated in a failed assault on the Harvester Mothership with the ESD losing almost their entire Air Fleet, surviving Global Defenders that escaped the massacre participated in the defense of Area 51 with all the Global Defender fighters destroyed