The modern Raider, called sparrow in Colonial military jargon , radically redesigned but still resembling its past incarnation as a giant flying wing, is first encountered 40 years after the Cylon War, when the Cylons launch their devastating surprise attack on the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. During this attack, Raiders transmit commands to Colonial vessels utilizing the Command Navigation Program (CNP). Compromised prior to the attack, the CNP was programmed with backdoors that permitted the Cylons to cut the power of any ship carrying the program.
Crew: None (biomechanical being)
Role: Space superiority fighter
Weapons: 2 kinetic energy weapons, conventional/nuclear missiles.
Length: 29.3 feet (8.94 meters)
Height: 4.97 feet (1.52 meters)
Wingspan: 18.3 feet (5.59 meters)