B-Wing

The B-wing starfighter was designed by Admiral Ackbar (then Commander) with the help of insectoid engineers from the Verpine Slayn and Korpil colonies. Prior to the Battle of Yavin, Alliance starfighters had suffered considerable losses at the hands of Imperial capital ships, specifically escort cruisers and corvettes. The B-wing was conceived to go up against something as large and well-armed as a frigate, and, with luck, survive to get in close enough to make it nervous. By the time the first B-wing squadrons saw action against Imperial TIEs, the fear was so strong that the entire Imperial wing turned tail and ran at the first sight of the strange new craft.

The fighter has an unusual cockpit gyro-stabilization system that allows the cockpit to remain stable while the rest of the ship rotates
B-wing Interioraround it, reducing stresses that result from sudden maneuvers. Unfortunately, this complex system sometimes breaks down. The B-wing's targeting computer links the ion cannons and proton-torpedo launchers, giving maximum firepower against a single target. In standard configuration, each secondary wing has one ion cannon, with a third ion located at the base of the main wing. A laser cannon and an emission-type proton-torpedo launcher are also mounted on the end of the main wing. Technicians can reconfigure auto-blaster, laser-cannon, and ion-cannon mounts within a few hours.

Each fighter is powered by a single immense Quadex Kyromaster engine with four individually adjusted thrust nozzles. The engine is fed by a single Vinop O2 K ionization reactor and four Slayn & Korpil JZ5g7 power converters. It has moderate sublight speed, and its hyperdrive, a Class Two unit, is only half as fast as X-wing and A-wing hyperdrives. Unlike other Rebel starfighters, the B-wing does have a navigation computer, storing up to two sets of jump coordinates. Because the B-wing is so difficult to handle, only a few of the Alliance's pilots were qualified to fly it.
 


CRAFT: Slayn & Korpil B-wing Assault Starfighter
TYPE: Heavy Assault Starfighter
SCALE:  Starfighter
LENGTH: 16.9 meters
CREW: 1
 
HULL: 60 RU
SHIELDS: 125 SBD
CHARGE SPEED: 45 MGLT
AVG SPEED: 90 MGLT
MAX SPEED: 135 MGLT
HYPERDRIVE: yes

WEAPONS

3 Laser Cannons
2 Proton Launchers
3 Ion Cannons
(Single Fire or Linked)
(6 torpedoes each)
(Single Fire or Linked)
 


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