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Preybird Starfighter
 
 
 
Name/Model# : Preybird-class Starfighter
Designer/Manufacturer : SoroSuub Corporation
Combat Designation : Heavy Assault Starfighter
Scale : Starfighter
Length : 21 Metres
Skill : Starfighter piloting: Preybird
Crew Skill :
Astrogation 6D, sensors 5D, starfighter piloting 6D+2, starship gunnery 6D and starship shields 6D
OR [Tarnished Blade Pirates]
Astrogation 6D, sensors 5D, starfighter piloting 5D, starship gunnery 6D and starship shields 6D
Crew : Most likely 1 Pilot and 1 Gunner
Cost of Fighter :
Most likely less than 200,000 Credits [Mazzic's Preybirds cost 200,000 Credits]
OR [Tarnished Blade Pirates]
USED 160,000 Credits
Nav Computer : Most likely limited to 5 Hyperspace Jumps
Acceleration : 13 MGLT per second
Sublight Speed : 100 MGLT (RPG=Around 9 Space Units)
Hyperdrive Rating : Around Class 3
Atmospheric Speed : Around 1,150 kph (WEG=400)
Manoeuvrability : 86 DPF (RPG=Around 1D to 2D)
Cargo Capacity : Around 15 kg
Consumables : Around 4 Days
Pilot Support Systems : Life Support Most likely yes / Ejection System Unknown
Weapons :
1 Wing-Tipped Dual Laser Cannons
2 Forward Warhead Launchers (4 Missiles each)
OR [Mazzic]
2 Heavy Laser Cannons (Fire-Linked)
Fire Control: 2D+1
Space Range: 1-3/12/25 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 100 metres-300 metres/1.2 km/2.5 km
Damage: 5D+1

2 Concussion Missile Launcher (1 Forward, 1 Aft)
Fire Control: ?
Space Range: 1/3/7 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 50-100/300/700 Metres
Damage: 8D
OR [Tarnished Blade Pirates]
2 Heavy Laser Cannons (Fire-Linked)
Fire Control: 2D+1
Space Range: 1-3/12/25 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 100 metres-300 metres/1.2 km/2.5 km
Damage: 5D+1

1 Forward Concussion Missile Launcher (5 Missiles)
Fire Control: ?
Space Range: 1/3/7 Space Units
Atmospheric Range: 50-100/300/700 Metres
Damage: 8D
Sensors :
Passive : 20 Space Units/0D
Scan : 40 Space Units/1D
Search : 60 Space Units/2D
Focus : 3 Space Units/3D
OR [Tarnished Blade Pirates]
Passive : 20 Space Units/0D
Scan : 60 Space Units/1D
Search : 100 Space Units/3D
Focus : 3 Space Units/3D
Shields/Armour Rating : Shields 46 SBD. Hull 18 RU (RPG=Shields Around 1D+2 to 2D. Hull Around 3D+2 to 4D+2)
Note : WEG stats for crew skill, cost of fighter, nav computer, sublight speed, hyperdrive rating, atmospheric speed, manoeuvrability, cargo capacity, consumables, sensors, and shields and armour rating are based on Mazzic's and the Tarnished Blade Pirates' modified Preybird Starfighters. The crew and weapon configuration were also different. = No stock Preybird WEG stats exist.

 

    The Preybird-class Starfighter was a SoroSuub project that ended up not bearing any fruit. During the prototype stage of the project, a smuggler named Mazzic got an early look at this starfighter through his connections at SoroSuub and he immediately took a liking to the design. However, due to disputes over the weapons systems, the project went substantially over budget and was discontinued. As a result the production line was shut down only after a few production models. And due to this, literally most persons do not know what this fighter is; one must scour the galaxy to locate one. The twin engine Preybird was marketed by SoroSuub nearly a decade before Grand Admiral Thrawn's campaign to restore the Empire to its former glory. These competent escort fighters can be found in common use by pirates and bounty hunters. This design is also favoured by mercenaries and anyone else who might favour the swooping, intimidating lines of this fighter.

*After Endor* Ten years after Grand Admiral Thrawn's untimely death it came to light that a group of private investors, namely the Cavrilhu Pirates purchased the Preybird production line and restarted it. It must be noted that the manufactured fighters did show the traditional SoroSuub level of quality. Due to shortages of TIE Fighters, the Imperial Remnant was forced to utilize this fighter, which was considered to be a quite capable mid-sized starfighter. Even Imperial Star Destroyers at the time carried Preybirds as part of their complement. Moff Disra had an arrangement with the pirates in which he would receive all the Preybird Starfighters they manufactured (for use in what was left of the Imperial Fleet) in exchange for the services of Grand Admiral Thrawn's remaining Mount Tantiss Clones.

 
   
Sources: AJ9***Pg 270 / TFOP***Pg 96 / THOTD#1***Pg 2, 6, 7, 58, 68, 69 / TLCSB***Pg 132, 133 / TTSB***Pg 225, 226 / XA-SG***Pg 216, 217 / XA (Tech Library)
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