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Section of Site: Starships D6Belongs to Faction: New RepublicSubtype: StarfighterEra: New RepublicCanon: EU

Name: K-wing Assault Starfighter
Type: Koensayr Manufacturing BTL-S8 K-wing Assault Starfighter
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 16 Meters
Skill: Starfighter Piloting; K-Wing
Crew: 1 Pilot + 2 Gunner + 1 Bombardier
Crew Skill: Starfighter Piloting 4D, Starship Gunnery 3D+2, Starship Shields 2D
Consumables: 2 Days
Cargo Capacity: 500 Kg
Hyperdrive Multiplier: NA
Hyperdrive Backup: NA
Nav Computer: None
Space: 6
Atmosphere: 300;950kmh
Maneuverability: 1D
Hull: 5D
Shields: 2D
            Passive: 20/0D
            Scan: 35/1D
            Search: 40/2D
            Focus: 2/3D
            Medium-range twin laser cannon turret
                        Fire Arc: Turret
                        Fire Control: 2D+1
                        Space: 1-3/12/25
                        Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5km
                        Damage: 5D
            Short-range quad turbolaser turret
                        Fire Arc: Turret
                        Fire Control: 2D+1
                        Space: 1-3/12/25
                        Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5km
                        Damage: 5D
            18 Hardpoints
                        Each hardpoint can carry one of the following.

            Concussion Missile Launcher (6 Missile Pod)
                        Fire Arc: Front
                        Fire Control: 2D+1
                        Space: 1/3/7
                        Atmosphere Range: 50-100/300/700m
                        Damage: 7D
            Flechette Missile Launcher (6 Missile Pod)
                        Fire Arc: Front
                        Fire Control: 3D+1
                        Space: 1/3/7
                        Atmosphere Range: 50-100/300/700m
                        Damage: 6D
            Proton Torpedo Launcher (4 Torpedo Magazine)
                        Fire Arc: Front
                        Fire Control: 1D+1
                        Space: 1/3/7
                        Atmosphere Range: 50-100/300/700m
                        Damage: 9D
            Slugthrower Cannon (50 Bursts of Ammunition)
                        Fire Arc: Front
                        Fire Control: 0D
                        Space: 1/4/9
                        Atmosphere Range: 20-100/400/900m
                        Damage: 4D
            T-33 Plasma Torpedo Launcher (4 Torpedo Magazine)
                        Fire Arc: Front
                        Fire Control: 1D+1
                        Space: 1/3/7
                        Atmosphere Range: 50-100/300/700m
                        Damage: 8D (damage to shields only)
            Heavy Space Bomb Launcher (2 Bombs Pod)
                        Fire Arc: Front
                        Fire Control: -1D
                        Space: 0 (inertial bombs)
                        Atmosphere Range: 0 (dropped bombs)
                        Damage: 12D

Description: The K-wing assault starfighter was produced by Koensayr Manufacturing, the same company responsible for producing the venerable Y-wing. Like many other New Republic starfighters, the K-wing was designed to excel in a specific primary role in combat while retaining the flexibility to serve secondary functions if needed.

The K-wing starfighter's primary missions included precision bombing of planetary targets, slow-moving capital ships, and spaceborne installations. It also performed secondary missions as an escort or reconnaissance ship.

The hull design of the K-wing consisted of two primary wings attached to a fixed stabilizer. The two main ion engines located at the junction between the wings and stabilizer allowed the K-wing to achieve a sublight speed similar to the Y-wing, despite its larger size.

An additional engine mounted along the centerline on the aft dorsal section of the stabilizer allowed the fighter to accelerate rapidly in short bursts, much like the SLAM system found on the Imperial Missile Boat. Unfortunately, the K-wing had no hyperdrive capability, and was always deployed from a capital ship.

To fulfill its role in the New Republic Defense Fleet, the K-wing carried an unusually large arsenal for a vessel of its size. The hull had a total of 18 hard points, five on each upper wing and four on each lower wing, to allow technicians to arm the ship with a large variety of weapons including flech?tte and concussion missiles, proton and other sublight torpedoes, thermal and other inertial bombs, small space mines, and T-33 plasma torpedoes.

When attacked by enemy fighters, the K-wing could return fire with a short-range quad turbolaser turret with multi-stage lasers located at the fore and a medium-range twin laser cannon turret mounted on the top of its command module. Also, the K-wing could be outfitted with slugthrower cannons on the hardpoints for additional short-range firepower. Like most New Republic fighters, it was also equipped with a deflector shield.

Due to its large weapons loadout, the K-wing required a bombardier. The pilot and gunner sat in cockpits on either side of the command section. In case of emergency, this module was able to detach from the rest of the ship to serve as an escape pod.

K-wings were first deployed in combat by the New Republic during the Yevethan crisis. Throughout their service years, they were generally deployed in outsize squadrons, with three flights of six bombers a piece.

Some Viscount-class Star Defenders were known to have K-wings in their hangar complements as an alternative to B-wings.

During the Second Galactic Civil War, Commenor deployed K-wings for defense during the Battle of Commenor.

Comments made about this Article!

16/Oct/2011 08:48:42 Posted by Hellstormer1 {}

Nice. Always liked the K-Wing. It's a beast! Makes me think of the A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog".

18/Oct/2011 10:06:28 Posted by Anonymous {}

To me it's a proper "bomber", like the WW2 era Lancasters or American B17's and B29's. Where the Y-Wing's are more like the Mosquito or P-61.


19/Oct/2011 00:51:42 Posted by Hellstormer1 {}

How many does that make now? At least 3, right? You did one, I did one, we had at least 1 or 2 others. That might make it the most popular!

26/Oct/2011 04:35:07 Posted by Anonymous {}

Its two turrets seem to have the same stats, typo?

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