This is a high speed version of the D-Fish designed to reach the battle field at the flying speed of the Orca.
Its aerodynamic frame modification and stabilizers allow it to "Skim" the surface of the planet on a near zero gravity well.
As the Fire caste likened it to skipping a rock, if the rock had super charged rockets strapped to it.
So while not true flight, a pilot could navigate the map of the planet via global terrain data and planned jump points. Once at the front line, the Exo-Tide functions very closely to the D-fish with no significant loss of maneuverability.
This modification also allows for outer orbit via space craft and HALO Manta deployment, as the speed allows the Exo-Tide to fall even with the gravity of the planet.
Cost, crew reduction to 6. There are heavy weapon version in research that will attempt to replicate the Hammerhead with like capability.
Earth caste manufacturer point - Farsight Colony XII "Taros II"
A test version will be completed by the earth caste within the week for actual combat fielding.