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Approved Starship Ashwing-class Type-S Superiority Drone

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  • Classification: Light Air/Space Superiority Fighter
  • Length: 5.7 metres
  • Width: 1.4 metres (S-Foils Closed) | 4.2 metres (S-Foils Open)
  • Height: 1.8 metres (S-Foils Closed) | 2.8 metres (S-Foils Open)
  • Armament: Very Low
  • Defences: Very Low
  • Squadron Count: Extreme | 24
  • Manoeuvrability Rating: High | Low (SLAM)
  • Speed Rating: Average | Very High (SLAM)
  • Hyperdrive: N/A
  • The Ashwing-class is outfitted with all the features one would expect from a vessel of its size and purpose.
  • Ashwings can be remotely controlled, typically by a trained operator located on the carrier from which it was launched, or controlled by an integrated droid brain. Due to spatial constraints models designed to be remotely controlled are outfitted with a smaller, simpler droid brain, significantly hampering their performance if the operator is eliminated or their connection jammed.
  • Ashwings are outfitted with S-Foils for the purposes of heat-dispersal and atmospheric stabilization in high-stress situations, most prominently combat. Unlike more conventional Incom models, its S-Foils fold inward and forward in order to facilitate compact storage.
  • An integrated SLAM drive allows for brief bursts of heightened acceleration for the purposes of pursuit or kamikaze runs.
  • Most Ashwings are outfitted with TDM-7-B "Verity" Morality Chips designed to detonate their brains if compromised.
  • Agile Dogfighter: The above-average manoeuvrability of Ashwings makes them well-suited for dogfights in space and in atmosphere.
  • Locust Swarm: Designed for effective cooperation, these drones share targeting data and are capable of surprisingly sophisticated tactics.
  • Dirt Cheap: Strip away the hyperdrive, the shield generator, life support, inertial compensators, and a dozen other smaller features and one is left with a cheap - but effective - design. No expense was made without due consideration, resulting in a very reasonable price tag.
  • Glass Cannons: Protected only by thin hulls and navigational shields, Ashwings are easily downed.
  • Swarm-Reliant: Ashwings lack the firepower to pose a viable threat to larger vessels except in swarms.
  • Forward-Fixed: Outfitted with only forward-fixed, dumb-fired weapons, Ashwings need a straight line of fire.
  • Weakest Link: Ashwings are either droid-operated (predictable) or remote-controlled (jamming/loss of operator).
Famously unwilling to risk the lives of its employees unnecessarily, the Globex Corporation commissioned and partially-designed the Ashwing-class as a capable but not unreasonably expensive alternative to organic pilots. Purpose-built for compact storage, almost all Ashwing squadrons are "double-strength", i.e., number twenty-four strong, as opposed to the twelve usually favoured by run-of-the-mill starfighters.

The Standard Model, typically referred to as the Type-S, comes in two variants, one sporting a heuristic yet predictable droid brain and the other a simpler brain and the equipment required for remote control, whether by a trained operator or a
Control Brain Network.

As Globex itself is hardly in the habit of waging interstellar war, most of its Ashwings are assigned as site security or escorts for its shipping fleet (albeit escorts that require a carrier or external attachment ports). As is their modus operandi, Ashwings may freely be manufactured by governments or independent shipwrights in exchange for a fairly reasonable per-drone licensing fee.

Globex itself churns them out at an impressive pace using General Manufacturing Constructs.
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