Dr. Vahlen managed to improve on this creature's key systems while somehow maintaining the no-doubt carefully crafted appearance conceived by the aliens. Although apparent similar to the standard Archon variant, as seen in the field this specimen has advanced flight capabilities beyond anything we've previously encountered. It may be possible to adapt this technology into a flight-capable suit of our own.
I have always been particularly fascinated with this species ever since thee first time I spotted one during my travels. Although I had seen the biomechanical horrors deployed by the aliens during the initial invasion, these creatures appeared to be something else entirely. Possessing a certain flair not typically found amongst the aliens, I found this creature to be of great intelligence, masked by the incredible hold of the Elders.
The modified Archon variant known to Dr. Vahlen as "Alpha" has not only been genetically altered, but also upgraded accordingly with equipment directly tied to its unusual abilities. Again I have to question the logic in providing enhanced offensive capabilities to an otherwise hostile alien species, even if Vahlen had intended on turning these creatures against their former masters.
Although I had little exposure to the rudimentary biomechanical predecessors to the modern Archon, I can say with certainty that Vahlen's Alpha is no doubt the most physically and technologically advanced of any of the aliens' earlier renditions of this species. From our field reports, it seems the creature had a terrifying propensity to sieze upon its target before rapidly climbing in altitude and then dropping the helpless victim. I believe our troops have done a great service in eliminating this particular threat. R. Tygan.