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R-41 Starchaser


Name/Model# R-41 Starchaser
Designer/Manufacturer Hoersh-Kessel Drive Incorporated
Combat Designation Multi-Role Starfighter
Scale Most likely starfighter
Length 15 Metres
Skill ?
Crew Skill ?
Crew 1 Pilot
Cost NEW 115,000 Credits USED 55,000 Credits
Nav Computer Yes
Acceleration 16 MGLT per second
Sublight Speed 100 MGLT
Hyperdrive Rating Class 2
Atmospheric Speed 1,050 kph
Manoeuvrability 75 DPF
Cargo Capacity 110 kg
Consumables 2 Weeks
Pilot Support Systems Life Support Most likely yes / Ejection System ?
Weapons
2 Wing Tip Laser Cannons
2 Flank Mounted Ion Cannons
OR
2 Wing Tip Laser Cannons
2 Flank Mounted Ion Cannons
2 Warhead Launchers (4 Concussion Missiles each)
Sensors Passive : ?
Scan : ?
Search : ?
Focus : ?
Shields/Armour Rating Shields 30 SBD. Hull 15 RU
Note XvsT and XA state 14 RU hull. TFUCG states the R-41 possesses a non-limited nav computer. A two seat (pilot and gunner) variant known as the R-42 Starchaser exists. The R-42 possesses the same capabilities of the R-41, but is considered to be more effective. Less popular than its predecessor only a few hundred were produced. TFUCG strangely states the R-41 only carries 2 medium concussion missiles per launcher.

 

    The R-41 Starchaser is a four engine multi-role starfighter. While similar in most respects to the Z-95 Headhunter, it possesses slightly superior performance qualities. Lacking a droid however, inhibits the R-41 from making full use of its wide weapons' selection. It is an inexpensive and dependable fighter, able to forgo regular maintenance scheduling. Even though the R-41 provides a good combination of armament, speed, and durability, it did not enjoy the extensive popularity of many other starfighter designs of the same era.

    Due to its overloaded frame, and a lack of heavy armour and internal hull bracing, leaves this design vulnerable to well placed hits. To counter this vulnerability, experienced pilots often fly very defensively to bring to bear the R-41's teeth while minimizing the sum of damage suffered. Many less antiquated starfighters have fallen to well-flown Starchasers with the concept espoused by some aces - that the R-41's lack of damage absorption ability dictates that they avoid perilous actions.

    Designed prior to the Clone Wars the R-41 was Hoersh-Kessel Drive's answer to Incom's Z-95 Headhunter. It became evident at the end of the Clone Wars that the Starchaser had become outclassed. This design is not particular good at anything. What this fighter gains in versatility, it loses in effectiveness. Starchasers can be found in use with pirates, criminal organizations, planetary or system defence fleets. In the case of the Rebellion, they were flying R-41s before the Battle of Yavin, and well after.

 
   
Sources: TFU2 (The Battle Over Kamino Cutscene) / TFUCG***Pg 115, 116 / TIE (Tech Room), (Battle 9 Mission 5), (Battle 10 Mission 1), (Battle 13 Mission 3) / XvsT (Craft Database), (Seize Airam Supply Platform at Goff) / XA (Tech Library) / XA-SG***Pg 219
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