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.
- ↑ This with the S-Foils retracted. With the S-foils extended, height increases to 84 feet (25.6 meters).
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Two mounted on the S-Foils and one on end of the fighters main wing, firing directly forward
- ↑ Two mounted on the cockpit and one mounted on the other end of the main wing, firing forward of the fighters.
- ↑ Located next to the fighters engines, with a total payload of 16 missiles.
- Smith, Bill. Star Wars - The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels. Boxtree Ltd. 1999. ISBN 0 7522 0114 X