Image Credit: unknown author, image found Here; which appears to be a play-by-post submission from 2006
Intent: Wanting to produce a new starfighter that could compete with the rare and exclusive Bes'uliik starfighter, Mandal Hypernautics set out to design one of the most deadly starfighters on the market. The company set out to create an advanced starfighter with unrivaled durability and firepower, but without sacrificing in speed.
Development Thread: Receiving Contract, Reviewing Performance, Mining Beskar, Mining Phrik,
Manufacturer: Mandal Hypernautics,
Model: Beskad-class Starfighter
Affiliation: Mandalorian Navy, Levantine Sanctum Navy, Hyperion Security,
Modularity: Beskar and Phrik variants
Production: Minor Production (Beskar), Minor Production (Phrik)
3.175mm Beskar Plating or 4.7625mm Phrik Plating
The Beskad-class Starfighter was an ambitious project launched by Mandal Hypernautics to provide the Mandalorian Navy with a cutting-edge starfighter that could match and exceed those of neighboring militaries. Early on in the design process, the decision was made to prioritize performance over cost. With this in mind, the company began acquiring bulk shipments of Beskar for use in the armor plating of the starfighter. However, the weight of the reinforced Beskar Armor resulted in a drastic reduction in speed and performance in the craft. Determined to keep the Beskar plating as part of the design, engineers and executives began searching for innovative alternatives to reduce to weight of the vehicle.
The decision was eventually made to sacrifice the Hyperdrive engine for larger sublight engines and increased weapons payload. Instead of following the current trend of designing the vessel with a dual ray/particle shield system, Mandal Hypernautics engineers trusted in the durability of the Beskar armor and universally agreed to forgo ray shielding in favor of extra strength particle shielding. While this combination of specialized armor and superior particle shielding has resulted in an improved overall durability to blasters, lasers, mass-drivers, concussion missiles, and a number of other weapon systems, it has left the starfighter even more vulnerable to ion weaponry.
The offensive capabilities of the Beskad includes two repeating mass drivers, a Proton Torpedo launcher with homing ammo, and a small turret on the rear-most section of the fighter's dorsal structure. Intended to compensate for the below-average speed and maneuverability of the Beskad when compared to other starfighters, this small turret houses a Repeating Ion Cannon that is capable of rotating 360 degrees and is capable of up to 45 degrees of elevation and 20 degrees of declination. The tail-fins next to the turret are capable of a great degree of articulation are can be folded up next to the wings during combat so that they do not obstruct the turret's line of sight. Built into the design of the starship is the droid-processor from another Mandal Hypernautics design. The processor is integrated into the weapon and turret that adorns the back of this starfighter and operates it independently of the Pilot and at the pilot's instructions. The pilot has a 'safety switch' that can be activated or deactivated to keep the droid-processor from firing the weapon when unwanted.
After several years as a prototype, a contract opportunity with the Levantine Sanctum inspired Mandal Hypernautics engineers to re-review the Beskad Prototype for full-scale production. While performance reports, maintenance reports, and after-action reports all pointed to the Beskad being a success, room for improvement was found and small modifications were made from the original prototype. Additionally, due to the questionable politics of selling a large quantity of Beskar products to foreign governments, an alternative model made of Phrik was developed for use by the Levantine Sanctum.
Classification: Elite Starfighter
Role: Space Superiority Fighter,
Height: 5 meters (9 meters including tail-fins)
Width: 4 meters (15 meters from wingtip to wingtip)
Length: 13 meters
Power Core Generator/Reactor: Photon Fuel
Hyperdrive Rating: None
Minimum Crew: 1
Optimal Crew: 1
(2) Repeating Mass-Driver Cannons
(1) Repeating Ion Cannon Turret
(1) Homing Proton Torpedo Launcher (6x ammo)
Extra Strength Particle Shields (no ray shielding, beskar plating supplements this)
Tracking and Targeting Systems
Encrypted Communications Systems
Advanced Combat Sensors
Integrated Droid-Processor from Kebii'tra Aranar Automated Gun Platform
Passenger Capacity: None
Cargo Capacity: 20kg
Consumables: 2 weeks
Sublight Speed and Maneuverability: 2.5 (2.0 Guide) 3 (3.0 Guide)