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Approved Starship TIE Rapier

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Become the Crisis

[SIZE=10pt]Intent:[/SIZE][SIZE=10pt] To give the Sith Empire a mass-producible space superiority fighter capable of matching the front-line fighters of other galactic powers.
Development Thread: N/A
Manufacturer: Seinar Fleet Systems
Model: Starfighter
Affiliation: Sith Empire
Modularity: Yes
Production: Mass-Produced
Material: Quadanium alloy
Description: For too long, the Empire had relied upon the TIE Taral as a front-line fighter, forced into a variety of roles it certainly wasn't intended to fill.
[/SIZE] Designed as an interceptor, the Taral has been most recently forced into the role of space superiority fighter, where its limited guns and fragile hull have proven to raise casualty rates on the battlefield. With that, Seinar introduced the TIE Rapier, a space superiority fighter combining features of the company's best past fighters.

At first sight, the Rapier appears to be nothing more than a slightly modified TIE Interceptor, but further examination will reveal the differences in wing shape. The wings are a compromise between those of the TIE Interceptor and the TIE/D droid fighter, allowing for a surprising level of maneuverability. In tandem with that, the Rapier utilizes a semicircular engine setup similar to that used on the TIE Avenger and TIE Advanced. Armament is rather standard, with four laser cannons and a pair of concussion missile launchers.

With its performance, though, comes some downsides. While certainly durable enough to count as a space superiority fighter, the Rapier is weaker, shield and hull-wise, when compared to its primary Republic counterpart, the XA-5 X-Wing. As well, its concussion missile capacity is reduced, with each launcher only fitting a paltry two missiles. While maneuverable, the Rapier still has the speed of its contemporaries, potentially leading to over-turning at the critical moment of a dogfight.
[SIZE=10pt]Classification:[/SIZE][SIZE=10pt] Starfighter
Role: Space Superiority FIghter
Height: 5m
Width: 7m
Length: 9.5m
Power Core Generator/Reactor: Solar Ionization Reactor
Hyperdrive Rating: Class 2
Minimum Crew: 1
Optimal Crew: 1
Armaments: 4 laser cannons(mounted on the inner wing), 2 concussion missile launchers(chin-mounted, 2 missiles each)
Hangar: N/A
Non-Combative Attachments: Sensors, shields
Passenger Capacity: N/A
Cargo Capacity: 200kg
Consumables: 1 week
Sublight Speed and Maneuverability: Class 2

Fabula Caromed

Belle of the Brawl
Pretty standard line-fighter. And since I don't like mathing out measurements on my own, it's very convenient that it's so similar to the rest of the TIE series.

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