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Authority IRD
Name/Model# : Authority IRD OR Intercept Reconnaissance Defence Fighter
Designer/Manufacturer : Corporate Sector Authority
Combat Designation : Multipurpose Starfighter
Scale : Starfighter
Length : 8.5 Metres
Skill : Starfighter piloting: IRD
Crew Skill : Starfighter piloting: IRD 5D and starship gunnery 4D
Crew : 1 Pilot
Cost of Fighter : Not available for sale
Nav Computer : None
Sublight Speed : 9 Space Units
Hyperdrive Rating : None
Atmospheric Speed : 850 kph (WEG=295)
Manoeuvrability : 2D (+2 in the atmosphere)
Cargo Capacity : 15 kg
Consumables : 1 Day
Pilot Support Systems : Life Support Most likely yes / Ejection System Yes (Unquestionably the best Ejection Mechanism of any modern fighter)
Weapons : 2 Neck Mounted Twin Blaster Cannons (Fire-Linked)
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 100-300 metres/1.2 km/2.5 km
Damage: 5D
Sensors : Passive : 25 Space Units/0D
Scan : 45 Space Units/1D
Search : 65 Space Units/1D+2
Focus : 2 Space Units/2D+1
Shields/Armour Rating : Shields None. Hull 4D


    The Authority IRD is a swift and heavily armed starfighter, however, it is designed specifically for space combat. Similar to the TIE series, it lacks a hyperdrive unit, but it features powerful engines and capable weapons. However, unlike the standard TIE series, every effort was attempted to protect the pilot. On the other hand, like the TIE series, the lack of hyperdrives on these fighters forces the CSA's Picket Fleet to ferry these fighters to every engagement. The Corporate Sector Authority designed this unique fighter to fit the various mission profiles of the Picket Fleet's mandate. Original IRD models were so unaerodynamic and ill-handling that many pilots refused to engage enemy craft within an atmospheric situation, which would later lead to the development of the IRD-A. These combat dedicated fighters have been stolen by criminals to serve as defence fighters for shadowports; an example of this is the Tenloss Syndicate's use of these fighters at the Vergesso Asteroids Shadowport.

Sources: HSCSSB***Pg 102, 103 / SOTESB***Pg 90