= OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION =
Intent: To update a classic SW design with a few improvements.
Image Source: Crook-Deviant Deviantart Link.
Canon Link: Defender - Class Starfighter.
Restricted Missions: If Required.
Primary Source: Repurposed Canon Articles.
= PRODUCTION INFORMATION =
Manufacturer: Republic Engineering Corporation - Starship Division: Coruscanti Yards.
Product Line: New Class Modernization Mk II (Non-Government Sponsored.)
Model: REC/NCM02 Defender II - Class Starfighter.
Affiliation: Republic Engineering Corporation - Corporate Security, Closed-Market.
Material: Durasteel Hull and Armour Plating (Ablative), Hardened Titanium Secondary Armour Plating, Alusteel Skeletal Frame, Lightweight Plasteel (High-Quality), Reinforced Duraplast Hull Liner with Anti-Ionic Mesh (Faraday Cage), Dallorian Alloy and Agrinium Panels (Where Appropriate), Galven Coiling (Energy Weapon Interior), Various Starship Components.
= TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS =
Classification: Space Superiority Starfighter.
Role: Intersystem Defence, Light Escort Fighter, Atmospheric Superiority Starfighter, Space Superiority Starfighter.
Length: 8.82 Metres.
Width: 14.50 Metres.
Height: 7.30 Metres.
Armament: Low Rating.
-  Laser Cannons (Fire-Linked, Stutter-Fire Capable) [Fixed Forward.]
-  Ion Cannon (Fire-Linked, Stutter-Fire Capable) [Fixed Forward.]
-  Anti-missile Octet [Rear-Mounted.]
- Standard [Starfighter-Class, Military-Grade] Armour and Hull Plating.
- Standard [Starfighter-Class, Military-Grade] Deflector Shields (Overlaid Ray and Particle Screens.)
- Standard [Starfighter-Class, Military-Grade] EWAR, Electronic Countermeasures, Chaff and, Flare Launchers.
- Standard [Starfighter-Class, Military-Grade] Emergency Thrusters (Chemical Propellent.)
Maneuverability Rating: 80 DPF - Moderate Rating.
Speed Rating: Average Rating.
MGLT: 100 MGLT
Maximum Atmospheric Speed: 1,050 Km/H.
Primary Hyperdrive Rating: Class 1.0
Secondary Hyperdrive Rating: Class 8.0
Engine Unit(s): Starfighter-Class Ion Engines - Four Maneuverable Drive Units.
Primary Power Plant: Compact Fusion Reactor.
Secondary Power Plant: Solar Ionization Conversion Module(s) with Retractable Agrinium Collection Arrays.
Crew Complement (Optimal): One Pilot and One Integrated Droid Brain.
Crew Complement (Skeletal): One Pilot and One Integrated Droid Brain.
Escape Craft: Integrated Ejector Seat.
Cargo Capacity: 120 Kilograms.
Consumables: One Week.
- Standard [Military-Grade.] Sensor and Targeting Systems.
- Standard [Military-Grade.] Navigation and Avionics Systems.
- Standard [Military-Grade.] Communications Suite. (Encrypted with Planetary Military Keys.)
- Standard [Military-Grade.] Atmospheric Seals and Perfunctory Oxygen Scrubbers. (Life Support Capable Flight Suit Required.)
- Standard [Military-Grade.] Subspace and HoloNet Transceiver(s).
- Standard [Military-Grade.] Inertial Compensators.
- Standard [Military-Grade.] VTOL Repulsorlift Antigravity System.
- Standard [Military-Grade.] High-G Shock and Ejector Seat, with Crash Webbing.
- Standard [Military-Grade.] Homing Beacon. (Encrypted with Planetary Military Keys.)
- Extended and Maneuverable Nacelles.
- Stutter-Fire Capable Laser Cannons (Weaker Beams and Faster Rates of Fire.) [When Activated.]
- Integrated Droid Brain (Astromech-Equivalent.)
- Maneuverable: As being maneuverable in combat is just as important as having a plethora of weapons and armour to protect one’s self from the myriad threats amongst the stars, the Defender II comes equipped with four gimbal mounted engines. These drive units, mounted on the extended pylons, provided the pilot with tremendous leverage over the starfighter’s central mass; allowing for the craft to rapidly adjust its spatial orientation or arrest it’s forward thrust.
- Exposed Propulsion Units: Unlike the starfighters produced by the various shipwrights across the galaxy, the Defender II doesn’t have centrally-mounted, or fuselage-mounted engines that focus on speed. This presents a glaring weakness during combat, that can be exploited by a savvy combatant with a capable vessel; as once the deflector screen was depleted it was an exposed and critical weakness that could ultimately cripple or destroy the starfighter and the operator within.
- Fixed Forward Weaponry: With an overwhelming portion of its weapons fixed forward, the Defender II was unable to engage any hostile craft without having to forcibly alter it’s forward momentum. While one could say that this design flaw was easily avoided with the exterior thruster nacelles, there were times that the starfighter was unable to modify it’s spatial orientation and was attacked from behind. As there was only a single anti-missile octet stationed at the rear of the starfighter, it was only able to engage the myriad rockets intent on destroying the craft.
- Low Armament: As the focus on the Defender II was pushed towards having maneuverable engines, rather than an expansive array of weapons that would be commonly found on heavier classes of starfighters, the vessel suffers from a significant lack of combat power against anything other than it’s hostile kin. Without variable warhead launchers, the Defender II is unable to effectively engage larger craft - meaning that it was best employed against enemy starfighters or unshielded targets.
Although this presented a tremendous weakness when the starfighter’s deflector shields were depleted during combat, the technical architects believed that the advantages that these four drive units provided outweighed the glaring flaw. Because of the engine placement, the Defender II had given its Pilot a proverbial fulcrum in which to re-orientate the vessel’s trajectory with a twist of their wrists. With the change in momentum, the starfighter was able to introduce the sudden advantage of surprise against more conventional craft, as they wouldn’t require a lengthy axial turn in order to come about and engage their targets.
Rather, with the mounted engines, the Defender II was able to flip from end to end in a matter of seconds and bring their forward mounted weapons to bear.
In addition to the double-edged sword of the starfighter’s engine, the Defender II doesn’t come standard with a variable warhead launcher, that would allow the strike craft to engage larger vessels and heavily shielded targets. This was intentional, as the corporate minds behind the project wanted the starfighter to act as the progenitor to a wealth of successors sometime down the road. So, while the initial design was excellent at combating enemy fighters and well suited for light escort duties, it was not meant to attack shielded capital ships or highly defensible installations.
However, despite the lacklustre armament (when compared to superior vessels like Incom’s X-wing) the Defender II would prove to be a powerful, and affordable addition to any intergalactic navy - or planetary defence force.