Contact with the Peloran made the Republic of Texas Space Force’s primary heavy fighter obsolete overnight. But Texas had been building it for over a decade, and the tools to maintain them were expensive and omnipresent on Space Force installation. So they chose to upgrade the Fury with gravtech rather than build an entirely new design. The upgrade process was quicker and cheaper than designing from scratch, and it re-entered service a full year before the F-1 Starfighter completed building trials. But the F-1 had already received its designation as the first of the new generation of starfighters, and the United States Department of Defense was not interested in allowing a jumped-up refit to steal their well-earned thunder. That is why the first gravtech fighter deployed by an American State was the F-2 Star Fury. And Texas never let their counterparts forget it.