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B-Wings

B-Wings in flight[1]

DescriptionEdit

Many people consider this fighter to be the replacement for the Y-Wing. It is certainly true that the B-Wing is similarly equipped and is both faster and better protected than the Y-Wing. The B-Wings major problem is cost, the B-Wing costs over twice as much as Y-Wing which means that the Y-Wing will remain in service for a long period of time and a less expensive replacement will be strongly considered. Like most Rebel / New Republic fighters, the B-Wing is equipped with a hyper-drive that allows the fighter to make attacks in systems other than the system of origin of the fighter. In several early engagement, the potential firepower of the B-Wing actually caused imperial fighters to retreat without engaging the B-Wing. Imperial Pilots have now realized that by using larger numbers, they can destroy B-Wings in combat. In many ways, the B-Wing could be considered a light corvette not a fighter even though it has only one crew member

The B-Wing is one of the most unusual fighters in operation with either Rebel or Imperial forces. The main part of the fighter is a large wing like structure. On the end of this wing like structure. The fighter has one weapon cluster with a laser cannon and an ion cannon. On the other side of the fighter near the middle is a pair of folding wings that are also called S-Foils. They each have a laser cannon. Even further down the main wing is the fighters engine and proton torpedo launchers. The fighter has 4 fusion/ion engines to provide the fighter with thrust. At what is effectively the beginning of the wing is the fighters cockpit. Two of the fighters ion cannons are located on the cockpit and the cockpit is in a gymbal mount that twists as the fighter maneuvers. This allows the fighter to stay in a fixed position. The problem is that if it is badly damaged or improperly maintained, the gyroscopic mount will fail and will be fixed in one position. If this occurs, then the fighters maneuverability is greatly reduced. The fighter is ungainly, and as a result suffers if the fighters navigational computers were to crash. If the fighter is operated in an atmosphere, the normal configuration is for the main wing to be pointed down. While the fighter is more maneuverable in an atmosphere, the fighter is unstable which causes inexperienced pilots to loose control.

For the fighters primary weaponry, the B-Wing carries a total of three laser cannons that are all linked and are capable of inflicting great damage. For the role as raider, the fighter also carries three ion cannons. The main energy array of the B-Wing is actually powerful enough for capital ships to be concerned with the B-wing. The B-Wing is equipped with proton torpedo launchers which are normally used to engage capital ships but may be used against fighters and other small targets as well. The fighter carries a total of sixteen missiles. The hull is about one third tougher than a Y-Wing and the fighters shields are tougher as well.

In many ways, the fighter is as good as the fighters within the Three Galaxies. The fighter is not quite as long ranged as some but still has a very good range and endurance. It also does not carry as many missiles as many of the fighters within the Three Galaxies. It would most likely be consider by size to be in the same class as the Proctor heavy fighter.[1]

SpecificationEdit

  • Model Type: B-Wing Heavy Assault Starfighter
  • Crew: One
  • Speed:
    • Driving on the Ground: Not Possible.
    • Sublight: Phase World Version: Has a special sublight engine that allows the ship to travel up to 40 percent of the speed of light. Fighter can accelerate/decelerate at the rate of 1.4 percent of light per melee maximum. Moderate Version: The fighter does not have an effective top speed but is limited by acceleration. Fighter can reach a top acceleration of 8.5 G.
    • Atmospheric Propulsion: Both Version: The fighter is aerodynamic but is unstable for atmospheric flight. The computers compensate for most of this but not completely. The fighter is relatively fast and is capable of escape velocities (Mach 32.6 / 25053 mph / 40320 kph) but normally operates at Mach 5 (3,707.3 mph / 5,966.3 kph) or less. The fighter also has Gravitic propulsion systems enabling it to leave an atmosphere even at low velocities.
    • Stardrive: Uses a Slayn & Korpil HYd-997 Class 2 hyperdrive system.[2] [N 1] The fighters computer can store up to 4 coordinates for hyperspace jump locations.
  • Maximum Range: Both Versions: the fighter has enough fuel for 720 hours (30 days) of operation. Fighter uses a very small fusion cell system for power systems. The fighter carries six weeks of consumables.[1]

Statistical DataEdit

  • Length: 55.4 feet (16.9 meters)
  • Height: 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) with S-Foils retracted, 84 feet (25.6 meters) with S-Foils extended
  • Width: 149.3 feet (45.5 meters)
  • Weight: 137.8 tons (125 metric tons) unloaded
  • Power System: Fusion power supply with a 30 day duration at normal output. Fusion power supply can run life support without any thrust for 4 years although rations and water will have long run out.
  • Cargo: Small Storage Space, 3 ft x 3.5 ft x 3 ft. Used for emergency equipment and weapons but a passenger can be crammed in emergency.
  • Market Cost: 185 million credits to build.[1]

Weapon SystemsEdit

Triple Laser CannonsEdit

  • These cannons are mounted with two on the S-Foils and one on end of the fighters main wing and fire directly forward. When compared to Phase World weaponry, They are slightly less powerful than those mounted on some of the newest C.A.F. Starfighters but are still very effective. The cannons can be fire individually, in pairs, or all three combined. The weapon systems cannot be used in hyperspace.
    • Maximum Effective Range: Phase World Version: 800 miles (1,290 km) in space and 8 miles (12.3 km) in an atmosphere. Moderate Version: 4,000 feet (1,200 m) in an atmosphere and 32,000 feet (9,600 m) in space.
    • Mega Damage: Both Versions: 2D4x10 per cannon, 4D4x10 for two cannons, and 6D4x10 for all three cannons
    • Rate of Fire: Equal to pilots hand to hand (Usually 4 or 5).
    • Payload: Effectively Unlimited.[1]

Triple Ion CannonsEdit

  • The fighter has two ion cannons mounted on the cockpit and one mounted on the other end of the main wing. Weapons fire forward of the fighters. (Star Wars ion cannons operate differently than the Ion cannons in Rifts and Robotech. Instead of just being another type of energy weapon, Star Wars ion cannons do not cause any physical damage, though they do damage shields. They disable targets by interfering with the target's electrical systems.) For gaming purposes, Star Wars ion weapons have a damage rating. This is how much damage the weapon will inflict on shields. Once any shields are penetrated, however, the damage works differently. The ion damage is recorded separately from normal physical damage. The amount of "damage" inflicted by the ion weaponry is compared to the amount of main body remaining. The percentage of damage inflicted is determined in relation to the main body: (damage / main body) x 100 = percentage For every 10% damage from ion weapons, the following penalties apply: The target will be at -1 to Strike, Parry (if appropriate), and Dodge. In space, target acceleration will be reduced by 15% and in an atmosphere, top speed will be reduced by 15%. Roll once on the Critical hit chart in the Phase World Sourcebook or Rifts Conversion book as appropriate. If a ship takes 60% or more of its main body in ion damage, then the ship or vehicle will be disabled completely. All weapon, navigation, and other systems will shut down. The ships Emergency life-support and emergency communications are likely to work, but nothing else. When crossing universes, some ships would probably be immune to these weapon systems. These include the U.W.W. ships and the UFO Intruder ships from Phase World, the semi biological protoculture based systems from Robotech, and the Unusual hull construction of the Vorlons, Shadows, and races that copied the first ones technology from Babylon 5.
    • Maximum Effective Range: Phase World Version: 1000 miles (1,609 km) in space and 10 miles (16.1 km) in an atmosphere. Moderate Version: 5,000 feet (1,524 m) in an atmosphere and 40,000 feet (12,200 m) in space.
    • Damage: Both Versions: 1D6x10 per cannon, 2D6x10 for two cannons, and 3D6x10 for all three cannons. It effects shields and has other special effects (See above) **Rate of Fire: Equal to pilots hand to hand (Usually 4 or 5).
    • Payload: Effectively Unlimited.[1]

Proton Torpedo LaunchersEdit

  • Next to the fighters engines is a proton torpedo launching system. The proton torpedoes are the equivalent of long range missiles. The launcher has payload of 16 missiles. Proton torpedoes should be considered smart missiles and do not have penalties to strike small targets. Phase World Version: Effectively very similar to Phase World long range missiles. Missile has a top speed of Mach 20 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 8% of light per turn (faster than any starship). Since star ships will no longer engage at rock throwing distances, whether weapons can be shot down is calculated from the speed of target, launcher, and missile. When drive goes dead, missile will still cruise unless set to self destruct but has very low odds of hitting star ships (Great for hitting bases and planets because target does not move and missile when dead at -25% to detect.) See Modified starship rules for more details Moderate Version: The description of these are close to that used for conventional long range missiles Missile are assumed to accelerate at 2 times normal mach speed in Gs greater than the starships speed when used in space. Missiles can be launched at non moving targets beyond the powered range of the missiles to hit targets without the chance of the launching ship being hit by missiles itself but penalties exist when launching missiles beyond normal missile range.
    • Maximum Effective Range: Phase World Version: Powered torpedo range is 3400 miles (5470 km) in an atmosphere and 1,800,000 miles (2,897,000 km/9.7 light seconds) in space (See Phase World Missiles). Moderate Version: Varies with long missile types, assume powered range is 8 x normal in space (Go to Revised bomb and missile table).
    • Mega-Damage & Properties: Both Versions: Varies with long range missile types (Use new missile/bomb table - fusion warheads inflict 2D4x100)
    • Rate of Fire: One at a time or in volleys of 2
    • Payload: 16 long range missiles[1]

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Kitsune entry states that the B-Wing's Hyperdrive allows the ship to reach a maximum of 40 light-years per hour, which could be limited to 4 light-years per hour In the Game universe of Phase World, to compare to the other Phase World FTL systems. See Errata notice on Star Wars Listing page.

SourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 B-Wing entry on Kitsune
  2. Smith, Bill. 1999. Page 15

BibliographyEdit

  • Smith, Bill. Star Wars - The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels. Boxtree Ltd. 1999. ISBN 0 7522 0114 X

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